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Going Nuts for Nuts is Pretty Sane

Jan 14, 2016 03:26PM
Nuts are a great source of protein and omega-3 fats which we generally don’t get enough of in our standard diets. They are also chock full of minerals. For example, 2 Brazil nuts can give you approximately 100 mcg of selenium, about the same selenium content as a daily supplement dose of selenomethionine.

Seasoning nuts with a variety of spices that have been shown to block the cancer-promoting signaling molecule Nuclear Factor Kappa Beta (NFKβ), make our first recipe a potent cancer-fighting snack.

Recipes courtesy of Kirstin Nussgruber, founder of Eat Holistic.

Spiced Nuts         

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup raw walnuts
  • ½ cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup raw brazil nuts
  • ½ tsp celtic sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1-1.5 Tbsp EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil, expeller cold-pressed)
  1. Toast nuts in a large skillet over medium-low heat, stirring often, until they begin to lightly brown and infuse your kitchen with a gorgeous aroma.
  2. Combine all spices in a little bowl.
  3. Toss the warm nuts with the EVOO, then add the mixed spices until evenly coated.
No-bake Spiced Oat-Chia Balls

There are many different versions of this tasty Supersnack recipe. The one that follows is inspired by a recipe in “Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen” by Annette Ramke and Kendal Scott.

  • 1 cup dried dates (Medjool are preferred)No bake chia balls close up
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¾ cups dried goji berries
  • ½ cup cacao nibs
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ ground cardamom
  • unsweetened shredded coconut flakes or dark cacao powder for rolling in
  1. Soak dates in water for approx. 10 minutes, drain water.
  2. Combine all ingredients in food processor. Mixture will be crumbly at first but develop into a more solid dough. You may need to add between 1-3 Tbsp of water.
  3. Using your hands, shape dough into little balls, can be stored in the fridge in a covered glass container for a week to 10 days.
Voilà, all done! They are truly scrumptious, and so nutritious! Very low glycemic value means no blood sugar spikes (or crashes), the spices add a potent anti-cancer kick and they are so quick to make! Use it as a snack or treat, great for when you are on the go.

For more information about helping your both outsmart cancer, contact Eat Holistic Founder Kirstin Nussgruber, CNC, EMB, at 908-512-2220.

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