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Cinnamon Roasted Almonds, Pecans, or Walnuts – A Guest Post



A Guest Post from Amy of Simply Sugar and Gluten Free – 

I was glad to see that Jessica included nuts in her Frugal Pantry series. Yes, they can be expensive but using them creatively can stretch your dollar. Nuts are a staple in my daily diet. I keep whole and sliced almonds, pecans, cashews, and walnuts stocked in my freezer. Toasted almonds and walnuts add flavor and nutrients to cereal, salads, and even applesauce. They travel well, so I use them for energy packed snacks on long days or road trips.

While we’re talking about nuts, let’s not forget seeds, which are still nutritious but usually a little less pricey. Sunflower seeds and pepitas, or toasted and salted pumpkin seeds are always in my pantry, too.

Try one of these tips to enjoy nuts more:

  • Being nutrient and calorie dense, a couple of ounces at time is enough. Prepackage servings in Ziploc bags so they’re ready when you are and you don’t end up eating mindlessly.
  • Make your own trail mix with raisins, seeds, and your favorite nuts. Sometimes I throw in carob chips, banana chips, and dates.
  • Buy in bulk and store them in the freezer. Nuts can go rancid quickly because of their high fat content. Costco carries bulk nuts for $3 – $4 a pound, depending on the type.
  • Toast nuts before you bake with them. This will enhance the flavor which means you can use less. I often cut the amount called for in the recipe by 25 – 50%.
What are your best frugal tips for buying and using nuts and seeds?
— Amy Green, M.Ed., authors Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free, a blog dedicated to fabulous food made a little healthier. She struggled her weight for her entire life until eliminating refined sugars and gluten from her diet. She’s been able to maintain a 60+ pound weight loss since 2004.Much of what she cooks is naturally sugar-free and gluten-free so her blog contains many recipes using ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

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Comments

  1. These sound REALLY GOOOD! Thanks for posting this!

  2. The Chef In My Head says:

    I love nuts, I buy them all the time. Then…..my husband swipes them out of the freezer. Errrrrr

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