Brazil nut trees grow mostly in very dense forests. They are native to Bolivia, Brazil and Peru. Trees can live up to 500 years. Pods weigh about 5lbs and each pod contains about 25 nuts. Extremely high in mono-unsaturated fats which aid in lowering bad cholesterol levels. Although they are high in calories brazil nuts are also very high in vitamins and minerals. They are especially high in selenium. In fact one brazil nut provides more selenium than you can obtain from supplementation. Selenium is an important trace mineral for prevention of coronary artery disease, liver cirrhosis and cancer. ( check out recipe of the month above)
Guiltless Protein Pancakes… Ingredients:
– Whole grain (I prefer Arrowhead Mills Organic brand) pancake mix (follow directions to make 6)
– Add the following to recipe:
-1 scoop of vanilla Whey protein powder
-1 heaping tablespoon of 1% cottage cheese
-1 heaping tablespoon of milled flax seed
-Place all above in high speed blender
-After you pour batter on skillet place diced apples and chopped brazil nuts in batter
-Top with pure maple syrup and serve
– Chopped almonds or walnuts and pecan halves can replace brazil nuts.
– Sliced bananas are a good replacement for apples.
*Great breakfast if you are planning an active day