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  • Nuts are the summer diet you want

    Nuts are the summer diet you want

    Since every season has it’s eating rituals, we’re gonna tell you how nuts can change your summer diet forever.

    Hot drinks and soups are popular during winter, seasonal greens are eaten during spring and autumn has it’s cozy treats, but summer foods are without a doubt the best. During the sunny season many of us stop thinking of what we’re eating and start to indulge in everything tasty. This may be because it’s too late to work on your summer body (summer is here and it is what it is), or we just simply want to enjoy it to the max in every way possible. However, as well as always preach, tasty foods don't have to be unhealthy, a bit of nuts in your summer diet can be both healthy and delicious.

    While different continents eat them differently, nuts are popular foods all over the world. Having been part of the human diet for more than 11,000 years, they are among the oldest sources of nutrition known to man, and for good reason. Kernels found inside fruits contain high amounts of unsaturated fats (the good kind), as well as fibers and protein, making them tiny bundles of superfoods. They are also generally rich in vitamins such as folic acid, niacin and vitamins E and B6, as well as minerals like magnesium, copper, potassium, selenium, zinc and phosphorus.

    In practice, a fist full of nuts a day can drastically improve your health and provide you with your complete nutritional needs for the coming spin along the planet’s axis. You could of course snack on them, which is one of my favorite ways to eat nuts, but there are more creative (and tasty) ways to include them in your summer diet.

    On hot summer days you usually crave something cool or cold to help you cope with the heat. During such days you can sprinkle a mixture of chopped nuts on your yoghurt and have a deliciously crunchy breakfast or healthy light lunch. Another way to cool down is to drink cold drinks, and many of them become a bit tastier (and way more fun) if you add whole pine nuts or almonds, such are rosewater or lemonade.

    Salads are also popular summer foods, and we love them because they are just as nutritious as they are tasty and colorful. You can include nuts in nearly every type of salad, especially if they contain any type of cheese. When that is the case, we recommend crushed walnuts, cashews and/or pine nuts.

    And of course, we won’t leave out the grill. One of the most popular summer pastime activities is barbecuing, and nuts fit in on the barbecue table well too. Nuts can be blended into many sauces and marinades, crushed and used for seasoning (try crushed cashews with chicken), as well as in salads, snacks, and in drinks as mentioned above.

    Overall, summer diet only gets better once you toss in a handful of nuts. Don’t be afraid of experimenting and testing out what nut fits into what, the worst thing that could happen is that you get a crunchy, healthy food to snack on.

    *All photos are from our upcoming cookbook that includes recipes of healthy and tasty dishes and treats made with nuts.
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  • This is Nuts Skin-On Cashews Origin Story

    This story starts in the middle of a tropical jungle, on an island in the Indian Ocean, right next to a huge volcano. It’s the story of the This is Nuts Skin-on Cashews.

    The cashew nut might very well be the undisputed master of all nuts (even though it’s technically a seed and not a nut). People just love everything about it, from its curved shape to its crunchy yet creamy texture. And if they are not tasty enough as they are, they come in a variety of flavors, from simply salted to more complex seasonings ranging from sweet to hot. There is however a newcomer to town; one that is set to change the way we eat the nut forever - the This is Nuts Skin-on Cashews.

    On the foothills of Mount Agung in Eastern Bali lies a small village that strives mainly from one particular thing, growing cashews. Every morning villagers come into the farm, which is also a factory, to harvest, sun-dry, peel and roast cashews. From afar, it looks like any other farm that grows the nut around the world, but this particular farm stands out for its ability to produce skin-on cashews.

    The reason you have never seen a cashew nut in its shell is because it’s actually toxic. Actually, it is botanically related to the poison-ivy, and just like the nasty plant, the Urushiol that lines the inside of the shell can cause a painful rash. For this reason, all the cashew nuts you’ve eaten (unless you’ve tried skin-on cashews) have been completely stripped naked.

    While big corporations want to mass produce in the cheapest and fastest way possible, our friends in Bali have another focus. By giving each nut individual attention, they have developed a technique that allows to leave the thin layer of skin that lies directly on the cashew nut intact. 

    “Well, what difference does it make?,” you ask. Besides adding a heavenly satisfying crunch to it, the skin-on cashew is superior in nutritional value. Compared to naked nuts, our This Is Nuts Skin-on Cashews have 10% less calories, 4.5 times more fiber, and 10 times more polyphenols (powerful antioxidants). This makes them technically a superfood.

    The This is Nuts Skin-on Cashews come in three delightful flavors: tropical cacao, roasted + sea salt, and garlic + pepper, making sure that there’s a flavor for every taste and every mood. They are 100% natural and completely dry roasted, making them perfect for you who are watching your calorie intake.

    When it comes to food products, you can’t really capture their true experience until yourself, and the Skin-on Cashews are no different. We have explained what makes them different and what makes them special, but to truly understand them you’ll need to try them out yourself.

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  • Discovering the Cashew Nut

    It’s tasty, it’s crunchy and full of nutrients, but how much do you really know about the world’s favorite nut - the cashew?

    Nuts and kernels have always been a favorite snack of mine, and the world’s. They are just the perfect bitesize, are super salty and just crunchy enough to crack but not scratch the inside of your mouth. However, one nut stands out among them all, the cashew. I have had cashews in every possible way: cooked in food, raw, roasted and even covered in chocolate, but there was much about the nut I didn't know until recently.

    To start off with, I discovered that the cashew nut is not a nut at all, it’s actually the seed of a fruit known as the cashew apple. Although it looks like something you would want to try out, you most likely never will because they are very perishable, meaning that it will rot quickly after picking. So unless you travel to some tropical forest where cashew trees grow, your chances of trying the cashew apple are very slim.

    However, the cashew apple’s pulp is processed and fermented into a very popular sweet fruit drink and liquor in Brazil.

    The second thing I learned was that all cashew nuts are roasted, even the raw ones. Even more so, since the outer shell of the cashew nut is acidic and can cause serious skin irritations, all nuts are boiled or roasted before they are cracked open by hand and then roasted again.

    While we in the western part of the world know the cashew as a snack or even a treat, it is part of many cuisines around the world, and is used in cooking in places like China, India and Pakistan, among other Asian countries.

    Despite this, the cashew tree is actually not native to eastern Asia, but in fact to an area stretching between Central and South America, including the Caribbean Islands. It was the Portuguese colonists in Brazil who began exporting it during the 1550s and introduced it to the world.

    Even though it’s hard to imagine, the cashew nut has many industrial uses as well. Its shells have been used in the production of lubricants, waterproofing material, paints, and arms since the late 30s.

    Moreover, the “nut” and the fruit are not the only useful part of the cashew tree. In ancient Maya traditional medicine, the tree’s barks and leaves were brewed into a tea that would help them cure diarrhea.

    Although this is not all the cashew tree, or the nut has to offer, I will suffice with this information because it was enough to blow my mind and change the way I looked at the cashew nut. If you know any other interesting facts, please share them with us in the comment section.

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