Make Your Snacks More Nourishing With California Walnuts

We all have a snacking style. It’s that innate sense of flavour that satisfies our emptiness between meals and satiates the rumblings of hungry tummies. But do your snacking preferences lean sweet or savoury? Or maybe you prefer both! Regardless, a handful of walnuts is a simple snack that can fuel any activity. They are a perfect snack while on the go, whether you’re working an essential job, attending back-to-back virtual meetings, chasing around a toddler, or some combination of the above. And since they pair perfectly with sweet and savoury flavours, walnuts offer a nutrient-rich snack that satisfies any craving.

Savoury Solutions

If you find yourself reaching for savoury snacks for your midday pick-me-up, grab those crackers or veggie sticks with a bowl of  Toasted California Walnut Hummus. This little dipping party is sure to liven things up with the vibrant flavours of chickpeas, and garlic complemented by the smoothness of walnuts. Looking for something you can throw together quickly? Top your toasted bread with cottage cheese, tomatoes, toasted walnuts, fresh basil and finish with a drizzle of balsamic syrup. Trail mix is also a classic snack food that combines all of your favourite snack flavours into a handful of deliciousness. Combine puffed rice, onion, tomatoes with walnuts and your favourite chutneys and spices to make a batch of your favourite California Walnuts Chowpatty Bhel Puri to keep hunger pangs at bay.

Speaking of simplicity—you can’t go wrong with a handful of raw walnuts at snack time. Take it a step further and spice them up for a flavour punch. Whether it’s post-workout, during a study session, or between virtual meetings, savoury seasoned walnuts are great to have prepared and on hand for any time you need a quick refuel.

Sweet Somethings

Sweet snacking does not always have to be sugar-filled to be satisfying. If you are craving something sweet, you can’t go wrong with a trail mix that combines walnuts, dried pineapple, toasted coconut flakes and banana chips. This versatile recipe can be adjusted to suit any flavour preference and satisfy just about any appetite.

If chocolate is your idea of the ultimate snack indulgence, we’ve got great news – not surprisingly, it pairs beautifully with wholesome and nutritious walnuts. Combine dates, oats, walnuts, dried cherries and cocoa powder and shape evenly into thick rectangle to create No-Bake Walnut Cocoa Cherry Bars, a decadent dessert that is also secretly packed with nutrients. Serve them up after lunch or for your 4 PM slump. This fruity, nutty concoction will be one of your new go-to snack.

Nutty Deliciousness

Whenever your next craving hits, turn to walnuts for a satisfying sweet or savory snack. Just  28g (about a handful) contains omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (2.5g) and plant-based protein (4g) to help you feel satiated.