A few weeks ago I was sent a jar of California Walnuts. I really like the mild nutty flavour of walnuts, but I don’t often think to buy loose nuts when I go to the supermarket; I’m a self-confessed nutbutter-a-holic, so I usually stock up on that instead. I am guessing that most people who read my blog also often choose nut butters over whole nuts, so I wanted to use this post to talk about
- the health benefits of walnuts,
- how to store them,
- a recipe for a tasty chocolately snack you can make with them!
Health Benefits of Walnuts.
I recently learned from BANT registered Nutritional Therapist, Lucy Kay, that (approximately) 4 walnuts contains your recommended daily allowance of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA). ALA is a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid, which is important for our cell membranes, nervous and brain tissues. Since learning this I am going to be adding more walnuts into my diet. I find it’s easy to eat a handful of walnuts, whereas it’s a bit more awkward to eat other sources of ALA, such as ground flax or chia seeds, if I don’t have oatmeal to add it to in the morning.
Walnuts are also rich in unsaturated fats, low in sugar and a source of fibre. Plus, they contain vitamins and minerals such as B1 (thiamine), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folate), magnesium, phosphorus and copper. If you’re interested, there is a lot more information about the health benefits of walnuts on the California Walnuts website, along with a list of references to support their claims.
How to Store Walnuts.
I usually store whole nuts in a Tupperware container in the cupboard. But apparently, if you want to keep them fresh, it’s best to keep them in an air tight container in the fridge! Did you know that?
Chocolate Orange Covered Walnuts
I wanted make my walnuts extra exciting, so I decided to cover them in chocolate! This recipe was super easy and took less than 45 minutes to make from start to finish (and most of that time is waiting for the chocolate to set)!
Literally all you have to do is to melt about 70g of chocolate (I used 85% Dark) in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water. Add in a couple of drops of natural orange oil (I used ‘wild orange’ from doterra), then add in 20 walnut halves. Carefully stir in the walnuts until they are all covered in chocolate, then transfer them to a plate (optional: cover it in baking paper before you put the nuts on) and place it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Hope you enjoyed this post 🙂
Do you like informational posts like this?
I love to work with different brands, especially if they are plant-based and something I eat anyway. However, I don’t want to come across as too ‘salesy’ or put too many collaborations on my blog.
That said – I did receive a goodie box from California Walnuts in exchange for this post, which included a gorgeous bowl from Anthropolgie and a book about self-care <3