Welcome to 30 Days of Superfoods, Prevention’s 30-day challenge to incorporate more healthy fuel into your diet all November long. Superfoods have myriad benefits, from boosting your immune system and fortifying your body to warding off disease and even managing menopause. Here’s what, why, and how to incorporate cashews into your diet—starting today!
The buttery-tasting cashew comes packed with vitamins such as E and B6, which studies say may help fight heart disease. Cashews are also beneficial for controlling blood sugar, which reduces the risk of developing diabetes. What’s more, they’re a great source of zinc, which is vital for wound healing. “Zinc reduces inflammation that accompanies skin wounds and helps produce proteins that enhance the quick production of skin cells,” says Joan Salge Blake, a clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University.
HOW TO PREPARE CASHEWS
These versatile nuts can be enjoyed plain as a snack or mixed with other nuts to create a trail mix. They also taste delicious roasted in the oven. Sprinkle them with cayenne and then pop into a 350°F degree oven for 20 minutes for a zesty snack.
Cashews can also be transformed into cashew butter (we have a great recipe for that here) as well as cashew flour and cashew milk, which is a bit creamier than almond milk. You can even make a delicious vegan cashew cheese spread by soaking and then pulsing cashews in a food processor. (More on how to pull that off here.)
Great for breakfast or a snack, these treats from What Molly Made are super easy to make and only require five ingredients. (Find out how to stop the craving cycle before it starts and burn fat around the clock with the naturally sweet, salty, and satisfying meals in Eat Clean, Lose Weight & Love Every Bite.)
Get the recipe from What Molly Made.