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Seeds and Nuts in Your Diet
Home Foods & Drinks Food
By: Mark Henry Email Article
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Nuts and seeds are chocked full of dietary essentials and simple to add into your diet, they can be hard to digest so mill them in the blender or mill them up in your single auger juicer using the mincing cone, so you will help your body get the best from them. Milling or grinding will break the seed or nut down a little and make them easier for your body to absorb. Nuts contain protein, fiber, vitamin E and a good selection of minerals. They are potent and calorie rich though so you only need a few.

Nutty butters: some juicers excel at making nut butters, the single auger machines are the best for this, they double up as pestle and mortar style homogenizing machines that allow you to make pastes, nut butters, baby foods and other great food stuffs.

Nutty hint: common sense this one but always buy non salted nuts, salt is everywhere in our diets, you needn't add any salt in the form of salty nuts, that's for sure! Also salt makes things very moreish, so you’ll find it hard to stop eating them!

Nuts and seeds go great in smoothies and mill into dust in a decent blender. Mill them up before you put the fruit and vegetable ingredients in so they are ultra easy for your body to use. This is a super way of introducing vegetable protein to your diet as well as essential fatty acids, my favored seeds are flax or hempseed.

Nutty warning when you make a smoothie for someone, make sure the do not have a nut allergy! Take extra care when making drinks for children as they may be completely unaware of their allergies and intolerance.

Nut storage: nuts are easy to store, you just need some screw top or lever seal containers, like any food they do need to be in air tight containers! They will then last 2-6 months quite easily, put a few grains of rice in with them to absorb damp.

Seeds

Seeds again are natural powerhouses of nutrition we like linseeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp, sesame seeds and pine nuts which are the seed of the pine tree, expensive its true but great tasting and a fine source of vitamin E. We think the reason they are expensive is the cost of extracting them from such a spiky tree!

Apple pips are not good to eat, make sure you core or quarter the apple and remove the pips from them!

Seed sense! Seed’s are potent, you only need a few regularly, and buy them hulled and keep them in sealed containers, flax seed oil is a good source of essential fatty acids.

Well I hope you found that useful and it helps you in some way, the importance of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is clear to see and we thing juicing has it part! We think juicing and smoothie making is one of the best ways of getting a healthy diet and remember that nutrients can be fragile so keep it raw!

The author, Mark makes a lot of fresh juicer and blender drinks and tries to be as healthy as possible.

For more thoughts on juicer and blender recipes and healthy foods have a look at our information archive.

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