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molly
post Aug 10 2004, 12:56 AM
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Yield: 6 Servings
2 c Whole blanched almonds
1 1/2 c Pecan halves
1 1/2 c Filberts
1 c Splenda
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
pinch Salt
2 Egg whites
1 tbsp Grated orange peel
1/3 c Butter

Heat oven to 325?.

Spread nuts in a 15X10X1" jelly roll pan. Bake, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes or until lightly toasted.

In small bowl stir together splenda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

In small mixer bowl beat egg whites at high speed until soft peaks form; gradually add splenda mixture and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. By hand, fold in nuts and orange peel.

In same jelly roll pan melt butter in oven. Spread nut mixture over butter.

Bake, stirring every 10 minutes or so, for 15-20 minutes or until nuts are brown and no butter remains.

Cool completely. Store in airtight container.
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wondergal
post Aug 10 2004, 02:06 AM
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Molly, sounds like a great recipe for the holidays - a replacement for the type of sugared nuts I USED to make.? It has already been printed. I dare not make it now, have no control once my hand reaches into a container of nuts - but my day will come and thanks for the recipe - oh, and welcome!

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post Aug 10 2004, 02:11 AM
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Oops, think I did something wrong here!

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Kate
post Aug 10 2004, 10:43 AM
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Article on nuts from http://neworleans.fitdv.com

Want to lose weight permanently? If you?re serious about dieting, the first thing you should do is reach for a handful of cashews.
High-calorie they may be, but nuts consumed on a regular basis actually help people lose extra pounds and keep them off, according to current research. Full of healthy fat, nuts are a particularly satisfying food ? the simple combination of peanut butter on toast will make you feel full hours after eating.

?The fats in nuts tend to be ?good fats,? that are protective of health,? says Dr. Katherine Tucker, director of the Dietary Assessment and Epidemiology Research Program at Tufts. ?All fats are a source of energy. Nuts are an excellent addition to the diet. It?s important for people concerned about weight gain to replace other foods with nuts to balance total energy intake. Nuts as a snack are a more nutritious option than chips or crackers.?

In facts, nuts appear to possess an astonishing range of health benefits according to several major studies. People who frequently eat nuts may not only be thinner, but they substantially lower their risk of developing Alzheimer?s, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including sudden heart attack and stroke. A mere handful of nuts a day may prolong your life by two years.

The massive and influential Nurse?s Health Study from the Harvard School of Public Health concluded that five servings of nuts per week cut the risk of heart disease by nearly one-third. Other research out of Harvard suggests that just two servings of nuts per week can significantly decrease the chances of a second coronary event among heart attack survivors.

?Nuts are an excellent source of Vitamin E and of essential fatty acids in the diet. They?re also an excellent source of magnesium, a mineral that?s low in may people?s diets. Walnuts are a particularly good source of alpha-linoleic acid, a fatty acid that has been associated with lower risk of heart disease. Almonds are very high in Vitamin E, which most people do not get enough of in their diet and which has also been shown to be cardio-protective due to inhibition of LDL cholesterol oxidation,? says Dr. Tucker.

Becoming a Health Nut:

Frequency appears to be key. To achieve maximum benefit, research suggests you should eat one or two ounces of nuts a day. According to the US Department of Agriculture, a single serving equals 28 peanuts, 18 cashews, 14 walnut halves, 12 macadamia nuts, 47 pistachios, 7 brazil nuts or two tablespoons of peanut butter.
Eat a variety of nuts. A study of peanuts, which are legumes, indicates that they perform as effectively as tree nuts in preventing coronary disease.
Nuts are a better source of Vitamin E than supplements. Almonds, in particular, are a remarkable source of the type of Vitamin E that?s most effectively absorbed and utilized by the body. Nuts also contain copper, which may help lower blood pressure.
Nuts are a fairly effortless addition to the diet. You can eat them by the handful, toss them into salads, pastas and desserts. ?When adding nuts to recipes, consider a balanced reduction in other energy sources,? says Dr. Tucker. ?For example, nuts rather than croutons in a salad, nuts replacing some of the meat in a stir-fry??
?In addition to allergies, there are concerns with giving whole nuts to small children, who could choke on them,? says Dr. Tucker. ?The amino acid composition in nuts is such that they form complete protein when consumed in combination with grains, however, this isn?t a primary concern in the US where protein intakes aren?t severely limited. The health benefits of nuts are currently an active area of research.?
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post Aug 10 2004, 10:24 PM
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Kate,
Great Article -- thanks!
I knew there was a reason I love nuts so much. (IMG:http://www.sugarbustersforum.com/forum/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

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