YOUR HEALTHY PLATE: Karen’s Spiced Nuts

My friend and fellow yogi Karen Bush comes up with some of the very best recipes, and this one is guaranteed to make you very popular. You can bring it to a party, to book group, to work to share with your coworkers. You can sprinkle it on your salad and turn a little meal into a spectacular celebration. Guaranteed, everyone is going to love it.

People are always asking me “What’s the best nut?” or “Which do you like better, almonds or cashews?” The answer is this: The best nut (or vegetable, or fruit, or type of greens) is one you haven’t eaten in a while, or one you’ve never tried. That’s because each different type of food has a slightly different nutrient profile. Since you never know exactly which nutrient you’re going to need next, variety turns out to be a valuable strategy for nourishing yourself well over the long run.

So mix it up, with mixed nuts! Nuts are rich in nourishing fats and high in nourishing fiber. Colorful spices and herbs are particularly rich in nourishing phytonutrients. An all-around win. Make sure to use raw nuts in this recipe.

½ cup raw pecans
½ cup raw almonds
1/3 cup raw pistachios
1/3 cup raw cashews
1/3 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 Tbsp. real maple syrup
½ tsp. curry powder
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
½ tsp. dry rosemary
¼ tsp. sea salt

Heat the oven to 325F. Mix together the herbs and spices in a medium-sized bowl, make a small well in the middle, and mix in the maple syrup. Add the nuts, mix well. Spill the contents of the bowl onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake 20 min, stirring or shaking once, halfway through. Remove from oven, allow to cool, break apart, and serve in a colorful bowl. Let the compliments begin!

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