Hi everyone! We’ve been into nuts and dried fruit lately. It’s the best to get you to the next meal without feeling famished. Today’s post – with bonus video! – will show you our current favorite homemade roasted mixed nuts. =)
You’ll basically need a handful of each and a pan (and a pinch of salt), and keep in mind this is not a recipe per se, it’s just a simple video and blog post to let you know how we do it.
Ingredients list – and their health benefits
Pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package, with a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc. They are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and numerous health promoting antioxidants. They also hold good-quality protein (30g in 100g).
They contain a wide array of beneficial plant compounds known as phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants, which can give your health an added boost. Pumpkin seeds may benefit your heart, liver and immune system, help fight diabetes, and offer unique benefits for men’s prostate health and women’s relief of menopause symptoms as well (more info here)
Sunflower seeds are a good source of selenium, which controls cell damage and plays a role in preventing cancer. They contain bone-healthy minerals – magnesium and copper – and Vitamin E, which helps ease arthritic pain and combats UV rays and keeps skin youthful. The magnesium in sunflower seeds is also reputed for soothing the nerves, thus easing away stress, migraines and helping you relax.
Sunflower seeds are loaded with antioxidants and help ease every condition that’s inflammatory in nature, such as joint pain, gastric ulcers, skin eruptions, asthma and more. (more info here)
Walnuts contain several unique and powerful antioxidants that are available in only a few commonly eaten foods. One-quarter cup of walnuts, for instance, provides more than 100 percent of the daily recommended value of plant-based omega-3 fats, along with high amounts of copper, manganese, molybdenum, and biotin. Walnuts may help reduce not only the risk of prostate cancer, but breast cancer as well and contain the amino acid l-arginine, which offers multiple vascular benefits to people with heart disease, or those who have increased risk for heart disease due to multiple cardiac risk factors. (more info here)
There are the most nutritionally dense fruits on Earth. Goji berries contain all essential amino acids and have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the humble goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse.
This amazing little superfruit also contains natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds. Their powerful antioxidant properties and polysaccharides help to boost the immune system. (more info here)
Just add everything to a pan with a pinch of salt and let it heat thoroughly. They’re ready when you start to hear a few crackling sounds. Let it cool completely and store in an air tight container.
Be aware that I’m not saying this is something you should eat batches and batches on a daily basis. We usually eat about a handful per day – and even so, there are a few days a week that we don’t eat it at all. We just like to have that energy boost and, while we’re eating it, why not take advantage of some health benefits?
Hope you enjoyed this post and video and if you have your own favorite dried fruits/nuts mix, let me know in the comments! Would love to hear it!
See you soon!