Easy ways you can include walnuts in your diet
Consume raw walnuts: Soaking the walnuts overnight and then consuming them in the morning is one of the best ways to consume walnuts. To do this, take 2-4 pieces of walnuts and soak them in a cup of water overnight. Have them the first thing next morning. Having soaked walnuts helps in reducing the bad cholesterol in the body.
Walnut chutney/spread/dip: Take some roasted walnuts, garlic, lemon juice, oil, pepper and salt and grind them together to make walnut dip at home. You can also add some walnuts while making the hummus.
Add them to stuffing: You can simply toast some walnuts and add them to the stuffing of your sandwich or paranthas.
Add them to your smoothie: While you make your smoothie, grind some walnuts with other ingredients. Not just your smoothie will taste better but its nutritional value will also be enhanced
Walnuts toffees: Take some walnuts, cocoa powder and honey. Make a sticky paste with honey and cocoa and add walnuts to it and store in an airtight container. These walnut toffees make for a great snack when hunger strikes in between meals.
Frequently Asked Questions about walnuts (FAQs)
Q. Foreign Varieties are better because they don’t fade coluor:
A. It’s universally known that walnut kernels fade in their colour when kept in ambient temperatures outside the natural inshell form. This is due to oxidation of their surface oils with ambient air. Foreign varieties don’t fade that fast because they have less than one third the oil content than their kashmiri counterpart so that explains for their colour retention and thus less nutrition value.
Q. How many walnuts should you eat in a day?
A. Walnuts are an excellent source of essential fat. Consuming 7-8 walnuts or a handful in a day can help you reap its benefits.
Q. What happens if you eat a lot of walnuts?
A. Walnuts are dense in calories, and people are advised to consume them in moderation to reduce the risk of gaining weight. They may also cause kidney stones because of the oxalate content present in them. In addition, high consumption of walnuts has also been linked to diarrhea.
Q. When should I eat walnuts morning or night?
Walnuts can be consumed anytime in the day. You can soak walnuts at night and munch them the first thing in the morning, or you can keep a bowl of soaked walnuts near your bed and have them before you sleep.