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NATIONAL NUT DAY

There has never been a better time to go nuts! Whether it is for health or simply to enjoy the taste, nuts are a humble wholefood available to us all year round.

A HANDFUL EVERYDAY

Nuts contain many essential vitamins, minerals and sufficient fibre required for a healthy diet. They are also protein rich making them a great snack that will keep you satisfied for longer.

Recent studies have shown that consuming a handful (30g) of nuts a day can assist in lowering unhealthy cholesterol levels, improve memory and may even reduce the risks of developing heart disease.

Check out which nuts can benefit you!

Almonds
Almonds not only taste great, but they contain a superb combination of protein, Vitamin E, fibre and good fats. In a nutshell this means they are good for heart and general wellbeing. 15-20 almonds = 30gBrazils
It’s commonly known that New Zealand soil lacks selenium, an antioxidant mineral, so it’s recommended that we top up our selenium level. Eating two Brazils a day is a yummy solution!Cashews
If you’re looking for a low-fat snack option, look no further than the creamy cashew. Despite the buttery notes and moreish quality, cashews are lower in fat than many other nuts. Cashews’ main benefit is they are high in magnesium, which can protect against high blood pressure.15 cashews = 30gHazelnuts
The fibre in hazelnuts keeps you happy on the inside. And they contain good fats and vitamin E. And they are simply delicious! 20 hazelnuts = 30gMacadamias
The macadamia is a native of Australia but don’t hold that against this creamy, delicate nut. Compared with other nuts, macadamias contain the most monounsaturated fats, and are known to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. 15 macadamias = 30gPecans
Originally from America, (also the home of pecan pie!), pecans contain good fats, omega-3 fatty acids and fibre; three essential nutrients for our wellbeing. 20 pecans = 30gPistachios
Another Kiwi favourite – pistachios have a high antioxidant level, higher than known superfoods, such as blueberries and broccoli. 30 pistachios (out of shell) = 30gWalnuts
Walnuts are a flavoursome source of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, both of which are associated with better memory, brain and heart function. 10 walnut halves = 30g

Great ideas for eating nuts everyday

  • Fresh fruit and yoghurt with chopped Brazil nuts – great way to start the day!
  • Make your own cashew nut butter by processing natural cashews in a food processor.
  • Stir chopped pecans into ricotta or cream cheese for yummy dip or sandwich filling.
  • Boost your lunchbox with a handful of mixed nuts – they can keep you fuller for longer!
  • Stir chopped almonds into cooked stir fries or couscous.
  • Add macadamias to salads for creamy, crunchy bliss.
  • Pesto-in-a-minute: simply put cashews, fresh basil, garlic, olive oil and parmesan in food processor and blend. For extra zing, add some chopped sundried tomatoes.
  • Get creative – decorate cakes and muffins with the beautifully shaped walnuts and pecans nature provides us with!


Eating nuts for a specific purpose

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  • Nuts and Heart Health
  • Nuts and Weight
  • Nuts and Diabetes
  • Nuts and General Health
  • Nuts and Children
  • Nuts and Healthy Fats
  • Nuts and Vegetarians
  • Nuts and Pregnancy
  • Nuts and Allergy

View fact sheets here


Recipes

Roast Pumpkin Salad with Winter Greens,
Candied Pecans & Almonds

National nut day salad

  • 600g butternut pumpkin, deseeded, peeled, cut into chunks
  • 2 glugs of olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • Salt and pepper
  • 150g baby leaf winter greens
  • 80g feta, crumbled
  • Dressing – Juice 1 small lemon – 1 tsp honey – 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard – 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Candied nuts – 80g Pecan nuts and/or almonds – 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup

Preheat oven to 220°C. Place the pumpkin in a single layer in a roasting dish. Drizzle with oil, balsamic vinegar and honey. Season with salt and pepper and toss until the pumpkin is well coated. Bake, turning once during cooking, for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

In a shallow pan on medium heat, toast the pecans and almonds for 2-4 minutes until toasty. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the maple syrup, stirring frequently. After a minute or two, remove from heat and let completely cool. The maple will harden around the almonds and pecans as they cool.

Combine the lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, mustard and extra honey in a jar and shake well until combined. Season with salt and pepper.

Place the pumpkin, winter greens, feta and nuts in a serving dish. Drizzle with the dressing and gently toss until just combined. Serve immediately.


Cashew Butter Chocolate Truffles

  • 1 1/2 cups of raw cashews – to make unsalted cashew butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 3 rounded tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup natural sweetener – coconut nectar, honey, ricemalt syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

To make the raw unsalted cashew butter, blend 1 ½ cups of raw cashews together for 5 – 7 minutes until creamy. Cashews will become very powdery, then clump, then turn to a peanut-butter-like consistency.

Next, line a walled container with baking paper. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into container and leave in the freezer for four hours or overnight to set.

Once firm, scoop out and roll into balls. Coat with anything you like! Desiccated coconut, berry powder, chopped nuts or cacao nibs, and return to fridge until you are ready to enjoy!

Keep chilled.

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WHAT’S NEW

DELICIOUS NEW NUTS AND SNACKS!

Two moreish savoury snacks

  • Distinctively delicious Mex Mix, boasting a mild jalapeño flavour
  • Truly scrumptious Nuts & Soy Mix flavoured with sweet chilli and lime

Our snacks make you feel as good as they taste!

Irresistible Nuts

Nuts are full of goodness, and with two new ones, you are spoilt for choice with the Mother Earth range!

  • Unique bites blended with nuts and fruit in our new Deluxe Mix Nut & Seed Bites
  • Cashews freshly roasted with delicious salsa flavouring

 

MOTHER EARTH SPREADS

NEW! HONEY FROM MOTHER EARTH

All the honey types you love

Whatever the occasion calls for Mother Earth’s versatile honey range has you covered.

  • Absolutely no mess with our upside down, squeezable Liquid Honey. Easily drizzle the perfect amount of honey; ideal for cooking & baking, and great for children.
  • A little Manuka Honey pot just for you, or larger one to share.
  • Clover Blend for family’s everyday use or huge pot for frequent honey dippers or big occasions.

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That’s nature at its most delicious!

NEW FROM MOTHER EARTH – SERIOUSLY DELICIOUS PEANUT BUTTER

The same great 100% Nutz peanut butter, now in a Mother Earth pot.  With a selection of innovative blends this New Zealand made, Mother Earth range has something for everyone.

  • Made using Australian Hi Oleic Peanuts*, with minimal processing.
  • Six delicious products in the range, including two innovative blends:
    - Chocolate Peanut Spread with 70% less sugar compared to most chocolate spreads**
    - LSA Blend Peanut Butterwith the goodness of wholesome Linseed, Sunflower Seeds and Almonds

 

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