How To Roast Walnuts – And What Makes Them Such a Healthy Snack!

Denise Austin by Denise Austin | February 29, 2020 | Nutrition

I love to eat nuts, whether as a snack, scattered on top of a salad, tossed into some yogurt or oatmeal, or even as a coating for chicken and fish. And one of my FAVORITE nuts are walnuts – so let me show you how to roast walnuts!

Walnuts are so good for you – they provide fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals and more! Some of their benefits include:

  • They promote heart health. Walnuts are a good source of antioxidants, which can help fight against damage cause by LDL “bad” cholesterol, as well as omega-3 fats, which can help to minimize the risk of heart disease. They also contain nutrients that can help to decrease inflammation, which is a root cause of heart disease. Eating walnuts can help to improve blood pressure and lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. So aim for 1 to 1.5 ounces of walnuts daily for your heart health!
  • They promote healthy aging. Adding walnuts to your diet helps promote healthy gut flora, which can lead to a decreased risk of disease. They also can help to minimize inflammation, which is linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
  • They can help your weight-loss goals. While walnuts are calorie-dense, they are a unique food in that you may not absorb all their calories… almonds are another nut that can actually help you lose weight. Plus the healthy fats in walnuts can fill you up and help keep you from overeating.

And an added bonus, they are portable, so you can take them anywhere to help make healthy snack choices a no-brainer! (For more healthy recipes and insights – including healthy snacks, get my Stop The Clock Nutrition Plan! It includes dozens of recipes, an eating plan, kitchen makeover tips and so much more. A great gift for yourself or a loved one!)

One of my favorite ways to eat walnuts is to roast them – so watch this new video on how to roast walnuts! Doing this really brings out a delicious flavor, and makes them really versatile.. I love to toss with a variety of spices like cayenne for a kick, grated parmesan for a cheesy popcorn alternative, even a pinch of sugar and cinnamon for a sweet taste. Anyway you make them, they are a healthy snack to try!

Let’s eat healthy to be fitter, together – inside and out!


Video Transcript:

Here’s one of my favorite tips with walnuts. I love to roast them and guess what? All you have to do is get your walnuts, put it in a frying pan, no oil, nothing is in the pan. Put them in and roast them up and it’s so good. And I chop them up and salads, I eat them for snack. I put a little salt on it. You could flavor it up with different kind of spices, a little turmeric. You could put some little cumin in it. A little chili, whatever you like. All nuts and walnuts are so good for you. I love to roast walnuts, and they’re so easy, but watch them. Don’t do it too high, they do burn because of the healthy fats. Eat healthy you guys and be heart-healthy!

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