Keto Zone Triple-Superfood Sweet Spiced Nuts

Some recipes have it all, and this week, we have a recipe for you: Keto Zone Triple-Superfood Sweet Spiced Nuts. It’s a mouthful to say, and even more to taste. It’s got:

  • Superfoods? Check.
  • Amazing nutrition? Check.
  • Delicious taste? Double-check.

And best of all, it’s quick and easy to make. Here’s why you should make it, and all the ways it will nourish your body.

Keto Zone Triple-Superfood Sweet Spiced Nuts

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups pecans (whole or pieces)
  • 5-8 tablespoons golden or regular erythritol
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg white
  • sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°F/120°C, and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Stir together erythritol, cinnamon, and black pepper in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Beat egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form in a separate bowl.
  4. Toss pecans with cinnamon mixture. Then, fold in egg whites.
  5. Spread pecan mix onto the prepared baking tray in a single layer and sprinkle with sea salt.
  6. Bake for 35-45 minutes, checking every 15 minutes to toss/stir. Make sure they don’t burn.
  7. Allow to cool completely, several hours for a crisp nut (the erythritol takes hours to crisp).
  8. Store in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks (as if they’ll last that long!).

Nutrition info per ~1/4 cup: 175 calories, 18 grams fat, 1 grams net carbs (4 grams carbs, 3 grams fiber), 2 grams protein (93% fat) 

3 Superfoods in One Sweet Spiced Nuts Recipe

Our Keto Zone recipe packs a punch of nutrients and health benefits. The superfood stars? Pecans, cinnamon, and black peppercorn. These common, simple ingredients are packed with antioxidants, phytochemicals and more. They really make a difference in your health. Here’s a sample of what they can do:

Improve Insulin Sensitivity and Support Healthy Blood Sugars 

Studies have shown a pecan-rich diet can improve blood sugars, beta-cell health and insulin sensitivity when compared to other high-fat diets (1,  2).

Cinnamon is also a potent blood-sugar protector.

By boosting insulin sensitivity, as mentioned above, cinnamon has also been shown to:

Improve Weight Loss by Increasing Satiety and Boosting Metabolism

Pecans and other high-fat foods stretch the stomach to signal fullness and directly affect ghrelin, or “hunger hormones,” in the brain. When pecans reduce ghrelin, you feel fuller for longer. Simple carbohydrates, on the other hand, can increase ghrelin levels (4).

What’s more, black peppercorns cause our bodies to burn slightly more calories, because they contain a  mechanism for controlling the “heat.” It’s only a small shift, but it can add up. In addition, spicy foods work to help you control portions.

In studies, eating spicy foods leads to less consumption overall.

Promote High-Energy

Pecans offer minerals to support energy production, and copper is one of the most important. Copper is required in more than 50 different energy-producing reactions in the body. Specifically, it supports the creation of adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, the body’s source of energy and a key to human metabolism.

Deliver Loads of Antioxidants

Pecans are full of antioxidants to reduce oxidative stress in the body including vitamin E, lutein, zeaxanthin, ellagic acid, magnesium, and copper. These antioxidants help prevent carcinogenic compounds from binding to DNA and growing. In research, the antioxidant-increase is measurable 24 hours after pecans consumption (5).

Black peppercorns are an extremely high-antioxidant food that can reduce oxidation of plaques. In fact, black peppers have an Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity score (ORAC) of 34,053 μ mol TE/100g… which is above chili powder, raspberries, walnuts, and blueberries.

Last but not least, cinnamon is one of the highest antioxidant capacity spices, along with cloves and oregano, when compared with 25 other spices (6). Having two tablespoons of an antioxidant-rich spice, like cinnamon, has been found to increase antioxidant activity by 13%!

Reduce Inflammation and Pain

Piperine, the most important nutrient in black peppercorns, is a strong anti-arthritis nutrient. Study after study has shown reduced pain, increased healing, and decreased pathology in arthritic animals and humans (7).

What’s more, piperine increases the absorption of another pain-fighting food, turmeric, by up to 10 times. Which piperine does by stimulating “transporters” in our intestines that are responsible for absorbing nutrients.

Some studies have shown cinnamon have strong anti-inflammatory activity, due to its antioxidant content (8, 9). Adding some cinnamon to an already healthy dish is a great one-two punch to inflammation in the body.

More Benefits:

  • Pecans help treat osteoporosis, especially in women, with manganese, copper, and zinc (10).
  • Pecans support brain health with thiamine, a mineral used especially in those who are seeking treatment after alcohol abuse (11).
  • Pecans improve brain dopamine and galactose pathways while reducing free radical damage and brain degradation, like that associated with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
  • Pecans help decrease high blood pressure (12) and improve cholesterol levels with plant sterols and healthy fats (13).
  • Cinnamon fights harmful bacteria in the digestive tract.
  • Peppercorns improve digestion and reduce bloating and fluid retention
  • Peppercorns fight cancer cells and reduce overall risk (14)

Bottom Line

It’s an amazing thing when delicious flavors and health-changing nutrients come together in one recipe. Our Keto Zone Triple-Superfood Sweet Spiced Nuts are a great example. From heart health to blood sugars to weight loss and more, it’s nutrients will benefit your health and keep you coming back.

 

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