Walnuts – Pure Brain Food!
I love browsing through Don Tolman’s Encyclopedia of Whole Food Medicine, it is beautifully illustrated and packed full of interesting information and today the book opened up at walnuts. Gathering walnuts of late myself I thought I would share the information and finish with a recipe, of course !
Choosing 1/4 cup of walnuts for a snack can give you both omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids . Approximately 95% of your daily omega 3 requirements. These brain-friendly nuts are also full of B vitamins, which are particularly great for your skin. B vitamins help with stress management, mood and prevent skin disorders, keeping those wrinkles and fine lines at bay.
Walnuts also offer protein, fiber, magnesium, manganese and copper. Just make sure the label does read UNREFINED or you can assume that it has been through some kind of chemical process that makes it worse for your health.
I choose to activate nuts and seeds now before using. The reason being once soaked in water and salt for a period of time it starts off the germination or sprouting process then dehydrated or placed on an oven tray at a low temperature. Soaking increases the nutrient value of the nuts along with breaking down the problematic compounds, this also helps enhance their digestibility. Do check soaking times this can vary according to the type of nut or seed.
This recipe is devine!! It is from our Bestow Treats 2 recipe book by Janine Tait and Sheryl Nicholson. I love the combination of walnuts and avocado, in fact I didn’t have any pecans nuts so just increased the walnuts and replaced the cacao with carob. Give it go.
BROWNIE SLICE -with chocolate topping
1/2 cup pecans, 1/2 cup walnuts, 2 tablespoons of cacao powder, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, 1 cup medjool dates, pitted, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend well. Press into a baking paper lined square tin and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
1 small ripe avocado, 2 tablespoons of 100% organic maple syrup, 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted, 2 teaspoons of Bestow Beauty Powder, 1 teaspoon of cacao nibs, 1 tablespoon walnuts, finely chopped
Using a stick blender, process avocado, maple syrup, cacao powder, coconut oil and Bestow Beauty Powder to a smooth consistency. Spread over the base in a thick layer and sprinkle with cacao nibs and finely chopped walnuts.
Store in the refrigerator and can be frozen.
Choosing 1/4 cup of walnuts for a snack gives you both omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids. Approximately 95% of your daily omega 3 requirements. These brain-friendly nuts are also full of B vitamiins, which are particularly great for you skin. B vitamiins help with stress management and mood, and prevent skin disorders. In turn, keep those wrinkles and fine lines at bay.
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