Walnuts- The Anti-Aging Nuts

I have to admit that when I think of walnuts, I think of chocolate chip cookies, apple crumb pie and fudgy brownies studded with nuts.  But all by themselves, walnuts turn out to be a great beauty food.  They are high in linoleic acid and fiber– two factors linked to fewer wrinkles.  In addition they are high in antioxidants and low in saturated fats.  Studies have shown that walnuts lower both cholesterol and C-reactive protein which are two markers for heart disease. All good, but keep in mind that like its other nut cousins, walnuts are pretty high in calories clocking in at almost 400 calories/half cup.

Instead of thinking of walnuts as a baked goods best friend, I now sprinkle walnuts  over a green salad, a bowl of oatmeal,  a topping for green beans or  a snack of  1/4 cup of walnut halves.  If I’m still craving that brownie, I make a tray of  sugar free candied walnuts.  Here’s how its done:

“Candied” Walnuts

Ingredients: 2 cups of walnuts, shelled, 1 egg white, lightly beaten, 1/3 cup Splenda, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350F.  Top a baking sheet with a piece of Reynold Release tin foil and spray with Pam.  Combine nuts, egg white and cinnamon  in a bowl.  Spread nut evenly over the foil ocverd  sheet.  Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.  Cool on wax paper and store in airtight pan.

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