1. Dark Chocolate and Pistachio Bark This salty-sweet combo gives you a double shot of antioxidants, and research has found that pistachios may help lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol. 

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup shelled pistachios, roughly chopped Pinch of salt 

Melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave. Stir in pistachios and salt. Pour onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread to 1/4-inch thickness. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until completely firm. Peel the parchment off the hardened mixture and break into pieces. 

Makes 10 Servings Per serving: 160 cal, 10 g fat (5 g sat), 18 g carbs, 30 mg sodium, 2 g protein, 2 g fiber 

2. Herbed Hazelnuts Tossing together this savory concoction could be a smart move. Hazelnuts are one of the top sources of vitamin E, an antioxidant that may help thwart brain drain as you age. 

1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary 1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme 1/4 tsp smoked paprika 1/4 tsp sea salt 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 1/4 cups shelled, unsalted hazelnuts 1 tsp light brown sugar 

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a bowl, combine herbs, paprika, salt, and oil. Add hazelnuts and toss to coat. Spread nuts on a baking tray in a single layer and roast for 10 to 12 minutes, until browned. Remove nuts from the oven, toss with brown sugar, and serve. 

Makes 5 Servings Per serving: 280 cal, 27 g fat (2 g sat), 8 g carbs, 80 mg sodium, 6 g protein, 4 g fiber 

3. Spicy Tom Yum Peanuts A handful of this snack mix has all the flavors of a belly-warming Thai soup plus a dose of niacin, a form of vitamin B3 that may help lower risk for Alzheimer's disease. 

1 1/4 cups shelled, unsalted peanuts 1 tsp ground ginger 3/4 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp fish sauce 1/4 tsp sea salt 1 1/2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro 

Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss peanuts with all other ingredients except cilantro. Spread nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until browned. Toss with cilantro and serve. 

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