It’s that time of the week again to go nuts over a nut and this time it’s the popular Hazelnut. The first thing that probably crosses your mind is Nutella, but plain hazelnuts are a great snack. If you would like to make your smoothie thicker, ground nuts work perfectly and are a nutritional and filling addition to your healthy drink. Read more about the hazelnut in this week’s Product Highlight!
- Hazelnuts mature during the summer months, turning from green to shades of hazel nestled in a protective husk. Each tree can produce 20-25 pounds of hazelnuts per year and the nuts are harvested in late September or October after they have fallen to the ground
- A hazelnut has a particularly high manganese and copper content. Copper is needed for iron absorption and manganese is necessary for bone formation and bone strength
- If you want to shed some pounds, reducing your carbohydrate intake and turning up the protein levels might be a good method. Instead of meat-derived protein, hazelnuts are a good addition to your diet. 1 cup of hazelnuts contains 20 grams of protein. A great option for vegetarians too!
- Hazelnuts have the highest proanthocyanidin (yes, this is an actual word) content of any tree nut. These compounds are known for contributing astringent flavor to foods and may help reduce the risk of blood clotting and urinary tract infections
- Potassium is an essential nutrient that repairs and helps build muscle (deficiency of potassium causes cramps!). Snacking on a few hazelnuts before, during, and after your workout fuels your muscles with the potassium they need to be strong and healthy