Who doesn’t love a delicious roasted nut snack? But are roasted nuts really good for you? Or are they just fattening? Well, macadamia nuts are actually packed with nutritional benefits and good fats. So let’s talk a bit more about why you need these tasty nibbles in your life.
Macadamia – The Good Nut
Macadamia nuts are loaded with vitamin A, iron, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, zinc, copper and plenty of antioxidants. They are:
Macadamia nuts contain zero cholesterol and, as a good source of monounsaturated fat, they actually help to protect against cardiovascular disease.
The flavonoids in these plump nuts turn into antioxidants in our bodies, which help to protect our cells from the effects of aging and environmental damage and even prevent cancer.
Not only does the high protein content of macadamia nuts make them a super satisfying snack, the protein is used to help our bodies build and repair muscle damage – so very important for those gym addicts among you.
Your digestive system will love you for getting that extra bit of fibre into your diet.
Skin and Hair
The antioxidants in macadamia nuts are brilliant at repairing any damage to your hair, a vital source of omega oils too, these nuts leave your skin fresh and your hair lustrous.
How To Activate Your Nuts
Macadamia nuts do include all of these nutritional benefits and more, but they also contain enzyme inhibitors. Useful for the nut to stop them sprouting too soon, enzyme inhibitors aren’t so useful in the body as they stop our digestive systems from absorbing some of the nutrients. So here’s how to activate your nuts:
- Soak a cup of macadamia nuts in salted water for 7-12 hours.
- Drain and rinse the nuts.
- Spread thinly on a baking tray and pop in the oven at a very low temperature for between 12 and 24 hours.
- Enjoy your delicious healthy nuts!
How To Roast Macadamia Nuts
- Pop 2 cups of raw macadamia nuts on a baking tray and coat in your oil of choice.
- Roast at 300 degrees for 25 minutes
- Remove and toss with a seasoning mix. You can choice a spicy, salty combination if you’re more of a savoury person or opt for some sweet honey roasted nuts if you’re looking for a treat.
Of course, you can reach for a packet of ready roasted, good quality macadamia nuts if you just can’t wait. You can add your own homemade twist to a packet of roasted nuts by adding them to some of your other dishes. Macadamia nuts make a great curry topper, salad topper and add a lovely crunch to cookies and crumble topping.
There you have it. Go nuts!