I was watching a little TV yesterday evening (I love Christmas in July) and the ads came on. Usually I step away while the ads play or pause the TV and fast-forward after five minutes. I am not one to watch pharmaceutical ads or ads for financial advice, they get a little crazy with their “we can help you” routine. However, this time my hands were full with a nasty little skein of yarn (let’s just say it was a tangled mess), so the ads played their familiar scripts. Only this time I heard something worth while and discovered there is a website dedicated to the one and only Walnut at Walnuts.org.
As it turns out, Walnuts.org contains a lot of useful information including nutrition information, expert advice, and…RECIPES! For example, a little nutrition fact::
As a nutrient-dense food, walnuts are an excellent way to improve overall diet quality and are certified by the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check mark.https://walnuts.org/nutrition/nutrition-information/
I suppose I better start adding Walnuts to my daily diet with all the facts and advice I am reading, which leads me to ways to include them in my diet…the free recipes! From BBQ Sliders to Carrot Cake Smoothies, the recipes contain slices of heaven for any occasion. One recipe I will try in the near future is the “Pork Walnut Meatballs in Coconut Walnut Soup“. It sounds weird but after trying peanut soup and loving it, this has to be good.
Of course my favorite all time recipes are usually the smoothies. I love smoothies. They are refreshingly sweet drinks that are perfect for any time of day…and the directions are usually one sentence, “combine all ingredients, blend, and serve”. One such delicious recipe is the “Mixed Berry Walnut Chia Smoothie“. Anything that combines strawberries and blueberries usually has my vote. I guess I will have to pay attention to TV ads more often.
Mixed Berry Walnut Chia Smoothie
Seasonal berries, California walnuts and chia seeds make this smoothie a refreshing superfood powerhouse that will keep you satisfied for hours. Try freezing peak season berries from the market for more intense fresh fruit flavor.
- 1 cup low fat milk (or substitute non-dairy milk of choice)
- 1/4 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup frozen raspberries
- 1/4 cup frozen blackberries
- 2 tablespoons California Walnuts
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth..