11 Ways to Eat More of One of the Healthiest Nuts: Walnuts

Walnuts are the only nut to have significant levels of alpha-linolenic acid, the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. This makes them nutritional powerhouses, with research suggesting they lower cancer risk, offer protection against cardiovascular disease, boost brain health and may even help stave off dementia. An ounce of walnuts contains 4 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and is rich in magnesium, copper and phosphorus. Get cracking with these tips, going nuts with walnuts.

    1. Use them in pesto instead of pine nuts.
    1. Grind them to a flour consistency and use as walnut flour.
    1. Toss onto salads.
    1. Roll goat cheese in ground walnuts.
    1. Place a bowl of unshelled walnuts on the coffee table with a nutcracker.
    1. Top oatmeal with walnuts.
    1. Add them to slaw recipes.
    1. Make walnut butter by puréeing them in the food processor until creamy.
    1. Sprinkle on top of sautéed green beans or other veggie.
    1. Add them to pancakes.
    1. Top a creamy pasta with them.