Walnuts look like brains for a reason!

There are many benefits of eating walnuts.  Perhaps the best one is that they help support brain health.  Walnuts have high levels of Vitamin E, folate, melatonin, antioxidants and Omega-3 fatty acids.  These properties can help increase inferential reasoning in young adults and decrease the oxidative stresses of ageing on the brain.

Plus, walnuts have cancer-fighting properties (particularly for prostate and breast cancers), they help to maintain an healthy heart, and they have ‘remarkable’ levels of antioxidants. Walnuts also help to control weight by increasing satiety plus improve men’s reproductive health and control diabetes.

So are you eating walnuts?  Apparently just 4 a day can have health benefits.  Why not try some (or make the banana bread recipe below)?

Source: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/05/19/7-walnuts-benefits.aspx

“Banana & Walnut Bread”

* 2 cups of almond meal
*1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon of baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon of salt
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon Allspice
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/4 teaspoon stevia
* 3 eggs
* 125 g unsalted butter (melted)
* 60ml almond or coconut milk
* 3 ripe bananas mashed

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees and grease and line a loaf tin.  Combine the almond meal, walnuts, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, vanilla and stevia in a bowl and stir to combine.  In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, butter and milk together.  Add to the dry ingredients and fold through.  Add the banana and fold in lightly.  Spoon the batter into the tin and bake for 30 to 40 mins until a skwere is inserted and comes out clean.  Remove from the oven and let it cool in the tin before turning onto a wire rack

Adapted from Supercharge Food by Lee Holmes