The healthiest snack of all must be walnuts.
Walnuts contain lots of important nutrients that are said to lower cholesterol, improve cardiovascular function, prevent high blood pressure, prevent gallstones, protect bonehealth, keep your brain in a good condition and help you sleep better.
Walnuts are high in alpha linolenic acid which is an omega -3 essential fatty acid that the body cannot produce itself. A diet high in omega-3 prevents cardiovascular diseases, prevents inflammatory diseases, increases cognitive function in the brain, and promotes healthy bones. Walnuts also contain ellagic acid which is an antioxidant compound that helps building up the immune system and prevent cancer. A bio-available form of the hormone melatonin in walnuts is not only great for a good night’s sleep but can also reduce the risk of free radical-related diseases.
To achieve the health benefits of walnuts a handful a day should be eaten. Try to sprinkle walnuts on muesli, fruit salad, cakes and desserts, salads, pasta, baked potatoes or just eat them as snacks. But of course a handful a nuts a day cannot make up for an otherwise unhealthy diet. To achieve the best result walnuts should be added to a diet low in fat and rich in vegetables.
Makes 2-1/2 dozen.
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 tbsp sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp walnut extract
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended.
Stir in flour.
Add walnut extract and walnuts, stirring well.
Chill 30 minutes.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until done.
Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar.