Warm weather can help us create new nutritional habits. Everything is delivered by mother nature fresh: all the wonderful fruits, greens and veggies. It is a great time to go for salads, veggie smoothies, and enhance a boring diet with fruit salads.
The cooling qualities in leafy greens and fruits refresh the body and mind, it is much easier to flush out toxins and extra pounds than in the cold season.
One question often asked: HOW ABOUT NUTS DURING THE HOT SEASON?
Nuts are valuable source of plant protein, minerals and vitamins. A handful a day would be a great suggestion as daily intake– and this handful of nuts per day can be consumed as hydrating and nourishing nutmilks, in raw cremes, sweet or savory. But over-consumption will do not good: despite to all healthy benefits, Nuts can make us feel heavy and sluggish, and we learn by experience that nuts are much harder to digest compared to proteins from fresh greens.
During the sommer months we want to keep our digestion extra light and choose refreshing foods, so we picked these four nuts, which will keep you healthy nourished, light and refreshed:
The delicately flavorful and versatile almond is available throughout the year. Almonds make a healthy and tasty snack, a classy nutmilk, yummy nutbutter, an addition to smoothies, ice creams, raw sweet and savory dishes. During the hot season make sure you consume raw almonds instead of roasted (and often salted) ones, you may sprout and dehydrate them if you wish; use raw almonds in nutmilk and other preparations — in this way the almonds will keep the body temperature neutral. Almonds are rich in Calcium, Iron and Magnesium and our number 1 choice of summer nuts.
Hazelnuts,also called Filberts, are rich in B vitamins, Vitamin E and Manganese. Consumption of raw Hazelnuts, when snacked straight from the bag or processed to nutmilks, will let us feel light. Hazelnuts keep the body temperature neutral and all extra energy can go into fun outdoor activities and sports without slowing us down anywhere.
Therefore we choose Hazelnuts as our number 2 summer nut.
#3) MACADAMIA NUT
The sweet, refreshing macadamia nuts are brimming with essential minerals, vitamins and heart-friendly mono-unsaturated fatty acids. Additionally they provide selenium. Selenium is a cardio-protective micro-mineral which is not so easy to get in regular diet. Because the Hawaiian Macadamia Nut is the most delicious of its kind and makes us think of flower garlands and white beaches, we decided to make it to summer nut #3.
Cashews are thermal cooling. This is one reason that over-consumption of cashew nuts in the cold season can cause diarrhea or digestion problems. During the summer our body can deal with the cooling quality and their acidity. And because cashew nuts are so versatile in making raw cremes, raw ice creams, raw cheese and pastry, we voted Cashews to our number 3 summer nut. Just make sure you eat them raw and organic.
#5) PILI NUT
Pili Nuts are still relatively unknown in the States, people are always positively surprised how delicious the soft kernel is when snacked for the first time.
Pilis are a rich source of heart healthy omegas, which play an important role in brain function and may aid in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. They contain all 8 essential amino acids which is vital for healthy muscles, healthy bones and skin, brain balance, liver detoxification, and nerve cell health. Pili Nuts should be consumed raw and they will add their refreshing quality on hot summer days.
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