Perhaps most familiar in pies, pralines, and other favorite desserts, pecans are much healthier than their associations might have you believe, with a rich, buttery taste that's sweet satisfaction all on its own.
Unless you grew up in Texas or Georgia, where the bulk of these nuts are grown, you might not think of pecans as out-of-hand alternatives to other nuts as a fast energy fix, but there are ample reasons to do just that. They're naturally sweet and have a tender texture that's a nice contrast to crunchy almonds (say, in trail mixes and granola).
Pecans are also among the heart-healthiest of nuts, and the only one to contain L-arginine, an essential amino acid that's linked to a reduced risk of blood clots. Plus they have just as much protein and fiber as the next nut to keep you going throughout your busy day.
And here's a fun fact: Pecans are the only tree nut that's native to North America, offering up a truly homegrown taste like no other. Enjoy them as is or swirled into yogurt, sprinkled over oatmeal, tossed into all types of salads, roasted along with vegetables-or baked into sandies and other sweet treats.
Natural Pecan Halves
Product of USA
Warning: Contains tree nuts. May contain occasional shell fragments. Packaged in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat and dairy products.
Serving Size: 28g (~1.0 oz)
Amount per Serving
|Calories from Fat||170|