Are You Eating a Nut or a Seed?

Nuts and Seeds

Or could it be both? It turns out that nuts are seeds but not all seeds are nuts. And then there are foods we popularly call nuts that might technically be considered fruit! AND there are nut-like seeds found inside some fruits that are botanically called something else altogether: drupes! It’s all so confusing. I […]

Posted on September 25th, 2018

Back to School with Snack Packs from Maisie Jane’s!

Maisie Jane's Snack Packs

What’s the healthiest way to send your kids to school? With healthy snacks from Maisie Jane’s, of course! Our four delicious new snack pack choices will help your children keep their blood sugar and energy levels stable all day long. And they provide real nutrition —lots of protein, healthy fats, lots of vitamins and minerals —that […]

Posted on September 18th, 2018

Why Are Nuts Good for Your Heart?

Heart Healthy Snack Foods with Almonds

Here at Maisie Jane’s we like to say that almonds and other nuts are part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that just a 1 oz increase in intake of almonds per day led to a 3.5 percent reduction in the estimated 10-year risk of heart disease. But WHY are nuts good for your heart? […]

Posted on September 11th, 2018

The Wonderful Weird and Delicious Cashew

  The first time I saw a cashew growing in a garden beside the side of a road in Hawaii, I stopped dead in my tracks. “What on Earth is that crazy looking thing?!!!” There on a very handsome looking tree were bright red and yellow bell-shaped fruits with a bulging curved “bell clapper” like […]

Posted on August 30th, 2018

Is Organic Food Really Better for You?

Organic Orchard

There once was a time when organic food was the same as “food.” Nowadays, the label “organic” is a special one. It requires USDA certification and strict adherence to not only sustainable organic farming practices but also regulates how a product is produced and stored. Products labeled “100% Organic” cannot be made or allowed to […]

Posted on August 9th, 2018

Is Almond Butter REALLY Healthy for You?

Crunchy Almond Butter

The other night I made myself a TINY dessert of yummy Greek yogurt with berries and a sprinkling of cocoa nibs. I decided to stir in a tablespoon of almond butter and caught myself wondering “Is this really as healthy as I’ve been telling myself it is?” Oh, silly me! Almonds in moderation are certainly […]

Posted on August 2nd, 2018

Why We’re Proud to Dry Roast Our Nuts at Maisie Jane’s

Dry Roasted Almonds

Well, the first thing I can’t seem to help myself from saying is that it is far better to dry roast nuts than human beings! I’m roasting in my house as I’m writing this blog post tonight! It’s 8:30 pm and still 96ºF! Of course, that’s an improvement over the 106º we hit earlier in […]

Posted on July 31st, 2018

Indian Dal with Almond Butter (Recipe)

Indian Dal with Almond Butter

Last night I rediscovered my love for Dal, an Indian staple food made from lentils or other legumes. It’s kind of like a soup although I often just ladle it over some rice and dig in! What I like about it is the comforting nutritious quality of the dish. You can make it as spicy […]

Posted on July 26th, 2018

Need Some Energy for Summertime Fun?

Girl with Backpack in the Summertime

Summertime means lots of outdoor adventures, road trips, and long-awaited vacation time. But it’s also HOT! And as soon as I go outside in the Chico 100º and up heat, I just want a nap! But I’ve come up with a few schemes for getting past that. First step is address my mindset. I tell […]

Posted on July 24th, 2018

A Few Odd Facts about the Pistachio

Chocolate Toffee Pistachios

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? I have too many favorites to really choose just one but pistachio is always close to the top of my list! When I was young pistachios were considered a special treat. Because it takes several years for a pistachio tree to bear fruit, they produce well only every other […]

Posted on July 19th, 2018