Sweet and spicy snacking!
I bought a one pound bag of mixed nuts from Trader Joes, tossed them in sugar and spice to create this savory snack!
Nuts make a great snack as they provide essential vitamins, healthy fats and protein. If watching your weight, be mindful of portion size as they are also high in calories. A single serving portion is roughly a small handful.
Here are a few nutritional highlights of a few varieties of nuts:
Almonds: Great source of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated oils, packed with protein, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin E. Contains amygdalin, a flavonoid which protects against cancer. Lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol and are an excellent source of fiber.
Cashews: Contain minerals such as copper, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Provide a healthy dose biotin, essential for repairing cells, boosting energy and growing strong hair and nails.
Chestnuts: The only “low-fat” nut around, 1 gram per 1 ounce serving! They are also the only nut that contains vitamin C!
Hazelnuts: 1 ounce serving provides 41% of the DRI of copper. Copper has been found to support an antioxidant enzyme called superoxide dimutase, which fights free radicals floating around wrecking havoc in our body. Who knew!
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Nuts
1 pound of mixed nuts
1 egg white
1 tablespoons water
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or more if you like the heat!
-Preheat oven to 275 degrees, line a baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
-In a medium bowl, whisk together egg white and water. Add nuts and toss to coat. Pour through a strainer to drain off excess egg white and water.
-In a separate bowl, mix together sugar and spices. Add nuts, toss to coat.
-Spread evenly on the baking dish, place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
-Stir and lower heat to 200 degrees and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
-Remove from oven and let cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Although I haven’t tried it yet, I believe you can substitute olive oil for the egg white/water mixture for a vegan version!