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Cashews for Heart Health: The Sequel

In my last post, I introduced the epic cashew nut and its many health benefits (including lowering blood pressure naturally!). One of my tips was to make sure you choose nuts that are unsalted and dry roasted, because that avoids unnecessary sodium and potentially unhealthy oils. I realize that some of you may be thinking, “Uh. So it’s dry roasted and unsalted. Frankly, a bit boring.” Personally, I just grab a handful of cashews and snack on them, but if you’d like to dress them up a bit, read on for some of my favorite simple ideas! (I’m a big fan of quick and simple because convenience helps me to stick to healthier habits!)

Let’s explore!

3 Ways to Enjoy Cashews

1. Place a handful of cashews in a small bowl, drizzle lightly with honey or maple syrup. Eat with spoon. (I mean you could use your hands, but it’s a sticky mess really. Heh.) An instantly delicious snack with a delightful syrupy sweetness.

2. Mix cashews with equal parts raisins and sunflower seeds. I like keeping 3 jars in my pantry: nuts, seeds, dried fruit, Easy and convenient! Enjoy your own snack mix!

3. If you have a high speed blender or smoothie maker, add a small handful to your next smoothie for an added nutritional boost! Cashews pair well with frozen bananas, vanilla extract, and a milk of your choice!

Tips:

  • If you add honey or maple syrup, keep it to a light drizzle. In a low sodium diet, you’re working hard to reduce added salt but that doesn’t mean replacing it with too much sugar either.
  • When adding cashews to a smoothie, it can be helpful to soak the cashews in hot water for 30 minutes before adding it. That makes them more soft and creamy when blended!
  • Everything in moderation. A handful a day of cashews is perfect. They are high in calories, so I wouldn’t recommend eating a whole bag a day (tempting, I know!)

How do you usually enjoy cashews? Would love to hear some more ideas!

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