Today is National Peanut Day. Peanuts have many uses. They can be eaten raw, used in recipes, made into solvents and oils, used in make-up, medicines, textile materials, peanut butter, etc.
Nuts are a tasty little energy food which contain “good fats” that keep your metabolism going and help you feel full for longer – just don’t over do a good thing! They also have nutrients that are good for your health. Peanuts are a good source for niacin, fiber, and vitamin E and contain about 25% protein – a higher proportion than any other true nut. Almonds are rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium plus vitamin E, cashews contain iron and B vitamins, walnuts have omega-3 fatty acids and pecans boast antioxidants, including vitamins A, B, and E, folic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.
Celebrate with one of the following peanut snacks to munch on throughout the day. . .
Sweet Spiced Nuts: Combine 1 beaten egg with 1tsp water and toss with a combination of 8oz of roasted peanuts, ½ cup of pecans and ½ cup of walnuts. Combine ¾ cup sugar, ¾ tsp salt and 1Tbs pumpkin pie spice and toss with nuts until well coated. Spread on greased cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 20-25 mins. Cool and store in an airtight container.
Sweet & Spicy Nuts: Whisk together 1 egg white and 1tsp water until frothy then add to 4c peanuts and toss to coat. Combine 1c sugar and 1Tbs chili powder then add to nuts to coat evenly. Spread nuts on greased cookie sheet and bake at 250 degrees for 45 mins, stirring every 15 mins. Remove from oven, stir to separate and cool.
. . . or make these Salted Peanut Cookies from Sally’s Place!
“Above all, love each other deeply,
because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.”
I Peter 4:8-9