Walnuts make the perfect snack. They are high in protein, minerals, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Studies suggest that omega-3s are good for the brain and can help protect the eyes against dry eye syndrome and macular degeneration. Omega-3s have also been linked to a possible reduced risk of cataracts. You can get the amount of omega-3s you need in a day from eating just one small handful of walnuts. And they also are full of vitamin E, which is essential for eye health, too!
Try this easy and delicious candied walnut recipe. Add a little sea salt for a sweet and salty taste, eat them alone as a snack, or crumble them and serve with banana slices on pancakes, ice cream or a salad.
Candied Walnut Recipe Ingredients (Serves 2-3):
- 2 cups raw walnut halves
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 pinches cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon raw cane sugar
- ½ teaspoon ginger, grated
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- A few sprinkles of sea salt (optional)
- Stir together maple syrup, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cane sugar and grated ginger in a small bowl.
- Warm a pan on medium low heat. Once pan is warm, drop in walnuts and pour syrup mixture over the nuts. Stir well to make sure nuts are coated.
- Add butter and cook (stirring occasionally) for about 10 minutes or until the liquid disappears from the pan.
- Lay walnuts on a plate or parchment paper to cool. Optional: sprinkle with sea salt.