Almond or Cashew Butter Hummus (Recipe)

Almond Butter Hummus

Many years ago I lived just a few short blocks away from a Mediterranean foods restaurant that served wonderful dishes from Greece and the Middle East. One of my favorites was Falafel with Hummus dip, salad and pita bread.  Today I’m more likely to buy frozen Falafel at the grocery store (although this recipe from […]

Posted on April 24th, 2018

How to Use Nuts to Lower Your Cholesterol

signs to good health

Did your doctor tell you your cholesterol was getting a bit high at your last doctor’s visit? More than 102 million Americans over the age of 20 have total cholesterol levels higher than what is considered healthy.  That’s about a third of the population! And given that high cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease […]

Posted on April 18th, 2018

Low Carb, Gluten-free Almond Meal Banana Pancakes (Recipe)

Almond Flour Banana Pancakes with Blueberries on Top

Today’s recipe for Low Carb Almond Meal Banana Pancakes is one of my own. I’m on a low carb diet right now. But even though I almost never eat pancakes as soon as I went on the diet, my inner carb monster would not leave me alone! I’ve been craving pancakes every morning for breakfast. […]

Posted on April 10th, 2018

Almonds Are Fruit! Should you Eat Them?

Green Almond Fruit

Did you know that in some parts of the world almonds are eaten as a fruit? It’s true! The nut that we typically eat in the Western world is actually the inner seed of the almond fruit pit, known as a drupe. Almonds are in the botanical family “Prunus” which is the same family as […]

Posted on April 2nd, 2018

Gluten-free Flourless Honey Almond Cake for Easter and Passover (Recipe)

Maisie Jane's Roasted Almonds

My mom used to make a Honey Almond cake like this every year for Easter. Her recipe is gone with the wind, unfortunately, so I looked around the internet for something similar. This recipe from Eating Well Magazine caught my eye. It uses almonds instead of traditional flour which makes it appropriate for both Easter […]

Posted on March 28th, 2018

Four Fun Ways to Fit Almonds Into Your Healthy Lifestyle

Everyone knows almonds are good for you by now, am I right? They’re packed with important nutrients and healthy fats. When eaten in moderation, almonds can help you lower your cholesterol, control diabetes, and lose weight, and that’s just the beginning! Crunchy foods like almonds are even good for your emotional well-being! So how can we help […]

Posted on March 22nd, 2018

Snacking with Nuts Can Lower Diabetes Risks

Did you know that eating nuts as part of a healthy Mediterranean style diet can reduce your risk of getting diabetes by 52%? And if you’re already a type 2 diabetic, eating just 2 oz a day of nuts combined with this diet could improve insulin resistance, significantly reduce your fasting blood sugar, reduce cholesterol, […]

Posted on March 13th, 2018

Vegan Queso Dip Made with Cashew Butter (Recipe)

What to eat with queso

It was so warm in Chico a couple of weeks ago that I thought Spring had surely arrived! It reached 80ºF one day and happy people rushed outside to enjoy the unseasonably warm temperatures. But silly me! Last week the temperatures plummeted and it became cold. Icy cold. Ice on the trees cold! And nothing […]

Posted on February 26th, 2018

Unlocking the Secret of Nuts in Your Dreams

This writer has always had a fascination with dreams. I used to sleep with a dream journal next to my bed so I could record them when I woke up. I took a class in dream interpretation in college. I have also had a lot of fun acting as an amateur dream interpreter for my […]

Posted on February 20th, 2018

Brainy People Eat Walnuts, Almonds and Pistachios!

What should you eat if you want a healthy brain? Nuts! A number of recent studies point to tree nuts as being useful for cognitive function and memory. It might even be possible to reverse age-related declines! Some of the most useful nuts are walnuts, almonds and pistachios. Let’s take a look at what they […]

Posted on February 1st, 2018