Unless you’re allergic, there are a myriad of reasons you should consume nuts on a regular basis. To start, nuts are a nutrient-dense food that can help prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and a range of other diseases. Even though nuts are known for being high in fat, it’s the good kind of fat. Indeed, tree nuts and peanuts are rich in unsaturated fatty acids which actually lowers cholesterol and triglycerides levels. They also have a positive effect on blood pressure, inflammation in the body, and visceral adiposity. In other words, snacking on nuts doesn’t contribute to obesity. In fact, nuts may even help with weight loss.
While all nuts have their unique nutritional benefits, macadamia nuts have been found to contain the highest amount of monounsaturated fatty acids. Monounsaturated fatty acid, or “MUFA”, intake has been linked with a significantly decreased risk of developing heart disease. Thus, having a handful of macadamia nuts every day can be a sure way to protect your heart.
If you’re unsure how to include more of those heart-healthy macadamia nuts in your diet, here are a few easy and creative ways to do it!
Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day and when it comes to including healthy fats, we tend to agree. Adding macadamia nuts to your morning is not only easy, but it will also give you a boost in nutrition from the get-go. Did you know that macadamia nuts are rich in folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phytosterols? Those nutrients, taken together, ensure protection against hypertension, insulin resistance, and cardiovascular disease.
Breakfast options featuring macadamia nuts are abundant — think nut butters, granola, plant-based milk, smoothies, and even waffles! Not sure where to start or how to make any of these? Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered.
Make yourself some toast and spread this delicious Cake Batter Cashew-Macadamia Butter on them. You may have trouble resisting eating the whole jar with a spoon though — you’ve been warned. To go along with your toast, we suggest trying this Vanilla Nut Coffee Creamer with macadamia nuts for your morning cup of joe. You could also use make this Maple Pecan Milk with macadamia instead and use it in this Raw Vanilla, Berry, and Lemon “Cheesecake” Smoothie Bowl, this Nourishing Autumn Chai Smoothie, or this amazing French Toast Smoothie. It would go great in this Maple Spice Oatmeal, this Bananas Foster Oatmeal, and this Snickerdoodle Cookie Baked Oatmeal too. Last but not least, you’ve got to try these scrumptious Peanut Butter-Banana Waffles With Blueberry Macadamia Cream!
Nuts are usually associated with sweet foods, but they go well with savory dishes as well. Not sure how to use macadamia nuts in your lunches and dinners? The key is to use them in sauces, dressings, and toppings. You’ll find that nuts are very versatile — they can either bring a decadent creaminess to your favorite meals or a satisfying crunch.
We suggest giving this Vegetable Casserole With Creamy Sauce and Crunchy Macadamia Topping and this Macadamia Crusted Tofu a try. If you’re looking for something savory and creamy, we recommend having this Pumpkin, Arugula and “Goat Cheese” Gnocchi, this Cheesy Leek Soup, this Grilled Asparagus and Smoked Tofu Benedict, and these Polenta Quiches With Macadamia Ricotta and Squash Blossoms for lunch.
Macadamia nuts can also be worked in plant-based meat dishes like these Seitan Meatballs With Homemade Tomato Sauce or these Macadamia and Sun-Dried Tomato Collard Dolmades. As you can see, your imagination really is the limit here! There are so many tasty options when it comes to incorporating macadamia nuts in meals that it gets hard to choose.
In recent years, cashew-based cheeses have gained a lot of popularity within the plant-based food space (and outside it, too)! However, they aren’t the only nuts that can form the base of flavorful dairy-free cheeses — macadamia nuts are a definite winner, too. So, if you’re looking for ways to incorporate more of them into your daily diet, making a beautiful cheese platter is a fancy and delicious way to do it!
Whatever your preference is, we’ve got you covered from soft cheeses to sharper flavored aged cheeses. If a smooth texture and mild taste are what you’re after, you’ll want to add this Macadamia “Goat” Cheese, this Creamy Cheese, and this Macadamia Nut Pepper-Herb Feta to your snack plate. This Basic Macadamia Nut Cheese and this Macadamia Nut Queso Fresco are good options as well, especially paired with fresh fruits and jam.
On the sharper side of the spectrum, this Aged Raw Nut Cheese, this Macadamia Nut Brie En Croute, and this Herbed Macadamia Nut Cheese are sure to satisfy your taste for cheese and impress guests. As a final touch, we also suggest making these Crostinis With Macadamia Cheese, Curried Fig, and Grape Tomato Chutney. Your taste buds will thank you!
Considering their creamy and sweet rich taste, it makes all the sense in the world that macadamia nuts would go perfectly in desserts. Although a bit indulgent, getting your daily portion of those heart-healthy nuts through sweets is absolutely acceptable once in a while — after all, life is about balance!
Did you know that macadamia nuts make a delicious icing? They do. Try out these Cherry Oats Squares With Macadamia Nut Icing and Blueberry Sauce, these Carrot Cupcakes, and this Decadent Raw Tiramisu With Coffee Ladyfingers and see for yourself.
Macadamia is also the shining star in desserts like this Coconut Macadamia Blondie Pie, these Salted Dark Chocolate Macadamia Ganache Bars, these Raspberry Macadamia Brownies, this Macadamia Banana Bread, and this Salted Caramel Macadamia Slice. If you like sweet bites, we recommend making these Matcha and Macadamia White Chocolate Mini Cups, these Chocolate Macadamia Macaroons, and these Chocolate Macadamia Butter Truffles.
Last but not least, you have to try this Raw Chocolate Vanilla Raspberry Cheesecake. The vanilla filling is packed with macadamia nuts.
From sweet breakfasts to savory dishes, passing by tasty cheeses, decadent desserts still are our preferred way to incorporate macadamia nuts into our diet.
What is your personal favorite way to use macadamia nuts? Let us know in the comments!
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