Here at Apollo we adore nuts. Great as a quick snack, a perfect ingredient in your favourite dish and an easy, tasty party food to go with drinks. But nuts aren’t just delicious to eat, they also have incredible health benefits that make eating at least a handful everyday a must for the health conscious.
Nuts are actually cholesterol free and great for your heart too, being packed with monounsaturated fats. They give you energy when you are lagging and are filled to the brim with vitamins and minerals.
Here are a few of our absolute favourites. Have a look at what they have to offer, mixed in with a few tips on how best to use them:
Actually a dry fruit, these delicious nuts are thought to have originated from West Asia. Filled with antioxidants, vitamin E and minerals, they are fantastic either on their own or in traditional Greek baklava.
Originally found in the Amazon rainforest, it was the Portuguese who brought them back to Europe. Packed with monounsaturated fatty acids and essential minerals they are both tasty for on the go or to add a beautiful crunch to a Chinese stir fry.
The nut itself is actually an edible kernel from the fruit of the walnut tree and is a great way of sourcing omega 3 fatty acids and lowering the risk of artery disease and strokes. Either take a packet with you to work or bake a traditional coffee and walnut cake to get your daily dose of this wonderful nut.
As the name suggests, these too are South American and it is the edible seed of the brazil nut tree that we eat. As well as tasting superb there are traces of selenium in each nut, a substance that is claimed to help reduce the risks of certain cancers. A handful a day is said to hold enough of the selenium so why not try mixing them in with cous cous and sweet apricots for a unique side dish.
As you can see, nuts aren’t just great to eat, but also can provide a massive boost for your body. Get yours today and feel healthy while eating something delicious.