Before jumping into the yumminess of these, let’s talk about the benefits of Macadamia nuts for your health. So, what is so good about Macadamias?
Studies have shown that including low GI (glycaemic index) nuts like macadamias in a healthy kilojoule-controlled eating plan, combined with regular moderate exercise, can help with weight loss by curbing your appetite.
Nuts contain good unsaturated fats and don’t increase blood glucose and insulin levels that cause hunger. The macadamia is one of very few plants to include Omega 7, a monounsaturated fatty acid. These healthy oils, combined with fibre and small amounts of plant sterols, help maintain good cholesterol levels, healthy blood vessels and optimal blood supply throughout the whole body, including the brain. They also contain Omega 3 – an essential fatty acid with a wide range of health benefits, including lowering your risk of cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, and migraine headaches.
High in Antioxidants
Macadamias have the Heart Foundation’s (Australia) coveted Tick of Approval. Antioxidants are part of your body’s natural defence system, and they work by de-activating potentially harmful substances, called free radicals, that damage cells and are thought to contribute to the development of chronic disease.
Macadamia nuts are also an easy solution to boosting your digestive health and keeping you regular. Macadamias contain about 2g of fibre per 30g serve, which is like a slice of wholemeal bread.
Vitamins and Minerals
Macadamias like other plant foods contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Just a handful (30g) of raw, unsalted macadamias (15 whole or 30 halves) provides you with:
- 8% of your daily thiamine (vitamin B1), an important vitamin for releasing the energy from food, and necessary for normal functioning of the heart and nervous system.
- 31% of your daily manganese, a trace element important for antioxidant defences, bone health and normal metabolism.
- 9% of your daily magnesium for electrolyte balance, nerve and muscle function and bone strength.
- 4.5% of your daily iron for healthy blood and energy levels
- 12% of your daily niacin for a healthy nervous system, releasing energy from food and good skin structure and function
- 12% of your daily copper for antioxidant protection, immune system function and healthy- looking skin and hair.
- 1.4 grams carbohydrates and 1.9 grams of dietary fibre
Macadamias are packed with essential nutrients, enjoy these beauties, knowing that every handful is doing you good!
Let’s jump to the recipe, it was posted on my Instagram a few weeks ago and everyone loved it!
These would hands down have to be the easiest, simplest, and convenient after dinner treat or dinner party addition! They have the perfect balance of sweet and salty alongside their beautiful monounsaturated fat.
Punnet of Organic Fresh Raspberry
Block of Dark Chocolate (Lilly used super blackout @altereco_foods )
Organic Macadamia Nuts
- Rinse / pat dry raspberries.
- Insert maco nut into raspberry and sit aside.
- Melt the block of chocolate and start dropping / tossing the raspberries in.
- Place all onto some baking paper on a tray or plate and sprinkle with salt.
- Slide them into the fridge and it’s good as gold.
Enjoy making these fun and delicious bites!