Power Up Your Snacks with Walnuts
Satisfy sweet and savory cravings with a handful of walnuts.
The California Walnut Board and the California Walnut Commission represent nearly 100 handlers and over 4,800 growers spread across California’s Central Valley, where over 99% of the walnuts in U.S. are grown. For more than 25 years and in 164 published studies, researchers have investigated the role of walnuts in areas from heart health to weight management, cognition and more.
Image: Greek Cucumber Walnut Bites
Ah… snacking! We want ready-to-eat options that satisfy cravings, are quick and convenient, and provide good nutrition. Oftentimes, choices that claim to boost energy are overloaded with added sugars or are high in sodium. Here’s an easy solution: healthier snacking can be as simple as adding a handful of walnuts. Just one ounce delivers 4 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber and 2.5 grams of essential plant-based omega-3 (ALA). Start out by trying one of these simple, homemade snacks:
- Cajun Spiced Walnuts – This easy recipe packs a punch with almost no prep time. The mix of spices gives the perfect kick to warm your taste buds. Prepare them a day ahead, as the flavors blend and mellow overnight.
- No-Bake Walnut, Cocoa, Cherry Bars – Looking for something on the sweet side? Walnuts combined with Medjool dates, oats, dried cherries and cocoa powder create this tasty treat.
- Greek Cucumber Walnut Bites – Great as an afternoon snack or appetizer, these crisp cucumber cups are filled with roasted red pepper hummus and topped with tomatoes, crumbled feta and chopped walnuts for added crunch.
And, don’t forget that a handful of walnuts makes a great snack on its own. Remind your clients that smart snacking is a great way to make sure you’re getting essential nutrients while managing busy schedules.
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