Saturday, December 15, 2012

CULINARY NUTS- NUTRITION AND HEALTH BENEFITS. NUTTY VEGETABLE STEW.

culinary  nuts
Nutty vegetable stew  
Just an ounce of mixeD nuts per day can help maintain good health and wellbeing.

I have always been in love with nuts. So I did what any red-blooded, internet-obsessed sucker for nuts/ health freak / nutty woman would have done.  Well, i googled on my nuts for their health benefits…. Spent three days reading in great details and came up with this very concise post.
You can read more via the links here. Oh yes, what I read and discovered makes me smile and glad I did. Nuts don’t have cholesterol and that is the best point. 

more  nuts- it’s good for your body and mind.link here
Natural Health News — Research showed that eating a handful of nuts every day can help curb hunger  and reduce fat deposits in the abdomen.
Eating a small amount of  30g, or 1 ounce, of nuts daily (of mixed raw unpeeled walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts)  for 12 weeks, showed improved body levels of serotonin. 
Serotonin is a substance that helps transmit nerve signals and decreases feelings of hunger, feel happier and improves heart health. Thus a way to lose weight.
walnuts
   link here     Source- Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, West Virginia -Abstract-
Walnuts contain omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytosterols. The study showed that it can slow cancer growth and reduce breast cancer risks.

almonds

The cholesterol-lowering effects of almonds. Read more  here

peanuts 
Peanuts contain about 25% protein (a higher proportion than in any true nut). They are a good source of niacin for brain health and blood flow.

the pistachio principle-
Dr. James Painter, a behavioral eating expert  from  Eastern Illinois University described ‘ The Pistachio Principle’ as a  method  of "fooling" one's body into eating less. Example: the slow act of shelling of pistachios, slows down eating, allowing one to feel full faster.
The fats in pistachios are not completely absorbed by the body. This is good in weight loss-wikipedia.
General benefits
 Nuts also provide Arginine, a substance that may help make artery walls more flexible and less prone to blockage from blood clot.
Many nuts are good sources of vitamins E and B2, protein, folate, fiber, and essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium.
Nuts are most healthy in their raw form. Up to 15% of the natural healthy oils in nuts are lost during the roasting process. Raw or unroasted walnuts were found to have twice as many antioxidants from other nuts.

Hazelnut butter is being promoted as a more nutritious spread than its peanut butter counterpart, though it has a higher fat content.
A Nutcracker
Nuts acts as a Replacement for Carbohydrates in the Diabetic Diet -link here

Findings: Two ounces of nuts daily as a replacement for carbohydrate foods improved both glycemic control (fullness factor) and serum lipids in type 2 diabetes.


Another Nutcracker but with wings
Weird nuts can give problems
Weird problems can go nuts
Eating Pine nuts can cause taste disturbances, developing 1-3 days later and lasting between a few days to a few weeks after. The Pinus armandi species, is the cause of this bitter, metallic taste and this problem is known as "pine nut syndrome" or as "pine mouth". This armandi species are smaller and more rounded than the typical pine nuts. Cases are self-limited and resolved without treatment. 
I guess if squirrels eat these.. they have really gone nuts.

nutty vegetable stew 
I got this recipe from Dr Kenneth Goldman of spectrum wellness- Huntingdon valley pain relief center, read more at link   here

I wish to thank Dr Ken for his kindness in letting me to" feel free to use" his superior health recipe using nuts and veggies, which I find it very interesting. I think this is so good to eat. Especially when the body is unwell and has no appetite for eating food.
You can try this- 
Process  half cup sunflower seeds/ flax seed  AND  half cup peanuts/ walnuts in food processor until you have a crunchy butter. Set aside.
Fry brown in 2 large onions and garlic with 2 tbsp vegetable oil (olive, sesame, sunflower, etc.) and set aside
Boil water and add in the fried onions above with VegeBase , seed and nut butter. Turn to low fire. Finally add all (remaining ingredients below) to pot and simmer on a low heat for an hour.
Remaining ingredients
4 large cloves of garlic (minced)
4 large carrots (grated)
1 C broccoli (chopped)/ spinach
3 (15 oz) cans of crushed tomatoes with liquid (low salt variety)
8 cups of water
2 T VegeBase
1/2 C sunflower seeds/ flaxseeds
1/2 C peanuts/ walnuts
2/3 C uncooked brown rice
1/3 C uncooked pearled barley
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp paprika

51 comments:

  1. I had problem viewing your blog. when I clicked on the link, it said, The blog you were looking for was not found. If you are the owner of this blog, please sign in.
    I have to google it to come here.
    Now this is the stew of my choice. I add nuts and seeds to many of my dishes even stew.We eat more than ounce ad day.

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    1. hi balvinder, i think it must be the g+1 thingy- glad you like the stew recipe. have a nice a nice day

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  3. this is a healthy post which will create awareness to lot of people who ve less knowledge abt the facts of nuts....love u ma 4r such a nice post...

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    1. hi nisha, thanks for your compliments- good you now know more on nuts and benefits

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  4. Hello Wan, love this post, very informative. I like almonds in my cooking and baking, they are so versatile and brings nice flavours to cakes and cookies:-)

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    1. hi dr jehanne- thanks, glad you find this post informative. to me there is good enuf basic points for readers to benefit

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  6. I love all nuts, I know they're good for our bodies...Thank God no-one is allergic in my family!

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    1. hi jasna, i thank God i am not allergic to nuts either

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  7. Loved reading the post,very informative,it makes me happy,love nuts.

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    1. hi suja, so you are also a nut lover like many of us- i noticed you use them a lot in your recipes

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  8. hI CV,
    I am a nut freak since I was little, even in fried keowteow or cuttlefish dishes, love to have nuts sprinkled in.

    As I suffer fm high blood pressure, my bowel movements can be irregular and discovered by taking nuts daily, it really is effective.

    However there was once I overdosed (munching non-stop daily while watching movies) and I experienced some leg cramps..

    Am on vacation after my doter's exams... so been offline many weeks now, therefore would like to wish you an early "Happy and prosperous New Year"... Cheers

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    1. hi katrina. God bless you and family, have a great holiday. probably the cramp is caused by the salt content in the nuts you ate.
      happy new year to you too.

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  9. I'm always amazed how delicious nuts are in other dishes. Looks great!

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    1. hi dear, i am amazed that nuts have no cholesterol- it is such a Blessing

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  11. Never made stew with nuts before but sounds very exciting. I do enjoy nuts very much and agreed with all your points on how good nuts can for health. Time to try your recipe with nuts added.

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    1. hi nava, i love the idea of flaxseeds added here..it's good to remove belly fat

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  12. what an interesting & delicious dish!!!And informative post too..
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  13. I love using nuts in baking, specially almonds. This nutty vegetable stew sounds delicious. Thanks Wan for all your hard work and sharing the information. Have a great week!

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  15. Hi Wan, as the saying goes, it takes a very determine person who can just eat one peanut and walk away. Yes, I too have a weakness for nuts....love that chocolate with mix nuts.
    And really interesting as well being enlightened read your this very informative posting.
    I love pistachios, walnuts. Whatever. Except those nuts behind steering wheels. Ha ha.

    Wan, I always learn something new dropping by here....thank you. You have done lots of research and homework this topic. Outstanding!
    You have a nice day, and keep a song in your heart.
    Lee.

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    1. hi lee, ha ha never heard of that saying, but i agree to it too. i love that hazel nuts roasted in coffee beans in a wok, like they do over here- the aroma is simply awesome- can you recall? have a nice day to you too.

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  16. ooh! my favorite nuts would be hazelnut (I enjoy them with coffee and cookies) and macadamia! Interesting recipe and post. I've learned something new with each of your post :)

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  18. Informative as usual. Love the stew recipe.

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  20. Very informative post and a very interesting dish.

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  21. tasty dish and yes eating nuts is healthy habit

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  23. It's pack of health lovely recipe

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  25. I always nuts helped us gain weight but through your post i got to the know the health benefits of nuts.

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  26. sounds good! cookies without baking! Bless New Year ,Wan!

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