When you’re on the go, you need to pack light – and that includes snacks. Here are some healthy nut-based recipe ideas to make your own.
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California Walnuts are a little nut that offers a lot – making them a great snack choice on the hills. Despite their size, walnuts are the only tree nut full of omega-3 ALA*, a healthy (unsaturated) fat found in plant foods such as walnuts which helps look after heart health and brain health as part of a varied balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.
The heart-healthy nut
Omega-3 ALA cannot be made in the body, so food becomes a great natural source of this kind of fatty acid. It helps maintain normal blood cholesterol levels, which is crucial for your well-being as raised blood cholesterol levels are a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes. A handful of walnuts a day (around 30g) can have a positive effect on the elasticity of the blood vessels helping to look after your cardiovascular system as part of a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.
California Walnuts also have the heart-healthy seal of approval from the heart health charity, HEART UK. One handful also contains 4.4g of protein and 1.4g of fibre (per 30g) – both very important food groups for keeping your energy up in the hills – and walnuts are naturally low in salt, too.
3 snacking ideas with California Walnuts
With a mild and creamy taste, they can be enjoyed just as they are. If you’re feeling adventurous though, here are a few snack ideas for you to try. They’re all quick and easy to make, and can easily be stored and carried in a zip-lock bag, ready for easily accessible outdoors snack time with a view.
California Walnut and Dark Chocolate Trail Mix
This easy trail mix recipe with California Walnuts, dark chocolate and cranberries is the perfect on-the-go snack.
- 30g pretzels
- 50g dark chocolate
- 140g California Walnuts
- 40g dried cranberries
- Roughly break the pretzels and roughly chop the chocolate.
- Mix with the walnuts and dried cranberries.
- Place into an airtight jar to store.
California Walnut Power Balls
These little balls are packed with walnuts, dried fruit and seeds – and are super simple to make. No baking necessary!
- 75g California Walnut pieces
- 100g dried apricots
- 100g dried figs halved
- 2 tbsp mixed seeds
- Place 25g walnuts in a food processor and blitz until chopped. Transfer to a large plate and set aside.
- Place the remaining walnuts in the food processor with the apricots, figs and the seeds and blitz to give a coarse paste.
- With damp hands, divide the mixture into 12 and roll into balls. Roll the balls in the reserved chopped walnuts and serve.
Mango and California Walnut Trail Mix
Jam-packed with a mix of delicious ingredients, this makes for a tasty on-the-move snack.
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tbsp water
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 250g California Walnuts
- 50g sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 50g toasted coconut flakes
- 130g dried mango
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- In a small bowl, mix together the honey, water and vanilla extract.
- Into a separate mixing bowl, place the California walnuts, sunflower seeds and ground flaxseed. Pour the honey mixture over and toss to evenly coat.
- Place the walnut mix onto a lined baking tray in a single layer and toast in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and fragrant.
- Set aside to cool, then mix with the toasted coconut flakes and dried mango. Store in an airtight container.
For more snacking ideas with walnuts, visit www.californiawalnuts.co.uk.
*Walnuts are the only tree nut to contain significant amounts of the plant-based essential omega-3 fatty acids alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) (2.7g per 30g – approx. a handful).