Thursday, April 16, 2015

"n" is for nuts & nut milks


I was so happy to discover that plant fat is actually good for our bodies! (See my post on "fat.") I have always liked nuts, but have generally refrained from eating them because of their high calories. They are still high in calories, but the fat they contain is the kind that our bodies NEED and know how to handle. It doesn't generally get stored as fat - yay! So, I keep myself limited to 2 tablespoons per serving (I use a coffee scoop to keep tabs on the serving size)

So, I keep raw nuts in my freezer all the time. I like to toast them myself, so that I know that nothing strange goes into them. (Did you know that most nuts are deep-fat fried? How weird is that? So, if there's any "oil" in the ingredients label, you'll know what's happened.) It's really easy to roast them in the oven, and it makes my house smell great; plus, nuts taste better when they've been roasted.

Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Cashews, Macadamias, Brazil, Peanuts... I like most kinds of nuts (I discovered that I don't care much for pistachios, however). And, I use different varieties to keep my tastebuds (and body) happy!

By the way... I need some input. Are PINE NUTS actually nuts? Do they come from pine trees? Are they nutritious? I've had them in prepared dishes, but I've never used them on my own. Any suggestions?

Nut Milks

Being a lactose-intolerant-person, I haven't had a glass of milk since the mid-1990's. So, I'm really grateful that other kinds of milk have become widely available. Soy milk was the only alternative, and it's not great... but it's better than nothing! And, it's perfect for putting on cereal. When Almond milk came out, it was a great improvement. And, now, Cashew milk is my new milk of choice! Creamy, actually tastes good, and still 25 calories per cup! I first used it to make snow-cream in January, and now keep it in my fridge regularly! Have you tried it?


  1. I haven't tried cashew milk. I'm interested! I switched from skim milk to organic almond milk about 2 years ago for my breakfast cereal. I am going to be on the lookout for it. I have not seen it in stores here (upstate New York) yet.

  2. I've never tried cashew milk, but I just can't stand almond tastes far too watery for me. I've never really thought about the origin of pine nuts...I just know I love them. But your query made me have to look it up. They are actually seeds from pine trees and there are over 20 different varieties from different pine species. Crazy! I never knew there were that many options. Elle @ Erratic Project Junkie