Health Facts About Cashews

cashew nutsI usually eat only a few select nuts and seeds and cashews never made the list, but today I include cashews in the list of nuts and seeds I eat.

I avoided cashews, mainly because I was afraid of eating too much fat, but the cashew is lower in fat than most nuts.

I added cashews to my diet after preparing the egg-less egg salad.

I did a little research on cashews and discovered that I should include them in my diet.

I am glad I tried the egg-less egg salad because it opened my eyes to the goodness of the cashew, a nut that I once avoided.

Today, I share with information about the cashew.

The Cashew

Cashew nuts are seeds that stick to the bottom of the cashew apple, the fruit of the cashew tree.

The scientific name of the cashew nut is Anacardium occidentale.  Cashews belong to the same family as mango and pistachio nut.

Cashew nuts have a sweet, buttery, and creamy texture.  It is a versatile nut in the culinary world.

Brief History of the Cashew

Cashews are native to coastal Brazil.  Portuguese explorers took cashew trees from Brazil and introduced them to other tropical areas.

The leading producers of cashew nuts are Brazil, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Nigeria.

Health Facts About Cashews

The cashew:

  • helps in cancer prevention
  • is lower in fat content than most other nuts and is cholesterol free, and 65 percent of the fat is unsaturated fatty acids (heart healthy)
  • is rich in magnesium which is good for nerves
  • helps prevent gall stones
  • aids in weight loss, because it is high in energy and dietary fiber
  • helps with hair and skin health and is rich in copper
  • is a powerful diuretic
  • is a good source of potassium
  • is rich in essential minerals (magnesium, potassium, copper, iron, manganese, zinc and selenium)
  • is high in calories (100 g = 553 calories)
  • is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals
  • is rich in pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6), riboflavin, thiamin (vitamin B1).

Ways to Use the Cashew

  • Snacks
  • Milks
  • Cereals
  • Soups
  • Salads
  • Salad toppings
  • Raw vegan recipes
  • Desserts

Warning
Cashews may cause allergic reactions in individuals who are allergic to tree nuts. Cashew nuts have a measurable amount of oxalates.

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Evelyn Chats with Mitch Mitchell (Video)

Happy Friday!

Mitch Mitchell, of I’m Just Sharing interviewed me on Google Hangouts. Mitch is a long-time blogging friend who blogs about social media, blogging, motivation, and general topics for which he does commentary. I have  learned and continue to learn a lot from Mitch.

I have never used Google Hangouts, but after downloading the Google Voice and Video Setup file, I was able to use it without any problems.  Google Hangouts is a cool feature on Google Plus that I will use more in the future.

This interview is not scripted and I did not know what questions Mitch would ask me.  I had fun, but I was very nervous.  My built-in webcam is awful which resulted in bad lighting and I apologize for that in advance.

I’m just being me and chatting with Mitch like I’ve known him for years.

Please take the time to watch my interview with Mitch to learn more about me and why I do what I do.

Thank you,

Evelyn

Egg-Less Egg Salad: Mindful Meals (book review & video)

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Egg-Less Egg Salad on a Bed of Greens

Carolyn Akens, author of Mindful Meals:  Recipes for a Healthier Spirit, Soul and Body, sent me her recipe book to review.   Thank you Ms. Carolyn for sending me your recipe book.

The Mindful Meals recipe book is for those who:

  •  eat a plant-based diet
  •  need raw vegan recipes
  •  eat a clean, whole food plant-based diet
  •  anyone interested in eating healthier foods

What’s In The Mindful Meals Recipe Book

The Mindful Meals recipe book has the following:

  • Entrees
  • Soups
  • Side Dishes
  • Salads
  • Dressings
  • Desserts
  • Breads
  • Goodies
  • Smoothies

The recipes do not have any faux vegan food as ingredients.  Every recipe has healthy, whole food ingredients listed.

The Mindful Meals recipe book also has raw vegan recipes as well as cooked vegan recipes.  There are also beautiful photos of Carolyn’s creations.

Egg-Less Egg Salad

I prepared the Egg-Less Egg Salad recipe with some reservation, because I did not know what to expect.

I have had Carolyn’s food in the past and it was delicious, but it was me making the recipe and not Chef Carolyn.

I also had reservations because I tried recipes from other books and was sometimes disappointed.

I am happy to say that Carolyn’s Egg-Less Egg Salad is a hit. The first bite had my taste buds dancing for joy.

I could not believe how much it tasted like traditional egg salad.  I look forward to trying other recipes from the Mindful Meals recipe book.

How To Make Egg-Less Egg Salad

This recipe is easy and the preparation time is around 15 minutes or less.  I served the Egg-Less Egg Salad on a bed of herb salad with sliced tomato, and sprinkled with a few chopped red bell pepper.

See how I made Carolyn’s Egg-Less Egg Salad in the video below.  If you cannot view the video below, click here.