Pecans boast an ORAC score (a measure of anti-oxidant activity) higher than even wild blueberries. Furthermore, studies have shown that a handful of these tasty treats can also help delay age-related cognitive decline. Try tossing them with cayene and rosemary for a super healthy snack that can be eaten out of hand – or as an appetizer for larger dinner parties. Toss them in your salad for added protein or enjoy them with diced parmesan (yummy!). It is also a great way to use left over nuts from holiday baking.
This is a fabulous recipe to help you on your way:
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp raw honey
- 2 tbsp cardamon
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp ground himalayan salt
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
Mix above ingredients in a bowl until well blended.
Add 3 cups of pecans. Mix well.
On a foil lined baking sheet, spread nuts in an even layer and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool completely before serving.