Foodie Friday: Go Nuts!

People who regularly eat nuts live longer and have a lower risk of heart disease and cancer, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. This study analyzed data from 120,000 people over a 30-year period.

Topline? The more regularly people ate nuts, the less likely they were to die of:

 heart disease (29% reduced risk)
 respiratory conditions (24% reduced risk)
 cancer (11% reduced risk)

Researchers said they found no substantial differences based on type of nuts, including peanuts. They believe the high concentration of nutrients and unsaturated fatty acids in nuts provided the beneficial effects.

So if you're ready to "go nuts" remember that the FDA-recommended portion size is 1.5 ounces of nuts daily as part of a low-fat diet.

Here's a recipe to include nuts with other heart-healthy ingredients for a satisfying meal:

Rockin' Broccoli Noodle Salad

Ingredients:
Salad
16-oz. package shredded broccoli
1 cup cooked whole-wheat spaghetti
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1 cup unsalted peanuts

Dressing:
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup cider vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:
Quickly steam a 16-ounce package of shredded broccoli.

Mix it with one cup cooked whole-wheat spaghetti, ½ cup chopped green onions and one cup of unsalted peanuts.

 In another bowl, whisk ¼ cup of honey, ¼ cup of olive oil, 1/3 cup of cider vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour dressing over broccoli. Chill for an hour. Enjoy!

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