Healthy Facts About Pecans
Pecans are versatile nuts that are high in fiber, low in carbohydrates and full of flavor. A one-ounce serving of pecan nuts contains approximately 196 calories, 2.6 grams of protein, 2.7 grams of fiber and 4 grams of carbohydrates.
Pecans are neither low calorie nor low fat but they are packed with high amounts of heart-healthy 'good' fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids). One ounce of pecan nuts contain typically 20 grams of fat, with only small amounts of saturated fats.
Keto dieters rejoice! Pecans, pecan butter and pecan oil work nicely with lower carb/higher fat healthy eating plans. Use the nuts for snacking, baking and making homemade pecan butter. Sprinkle pecan pieces over a fresh salad for a bit of extra flavor and crunch.
Here Are the Healthy Uses of Pecan Nuts
1. Add them to Smoothies.
Pecan nuts are an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. They also provide energy and promote satiety. You can add them to smoothies, salads, oatmeal, yogurt, and more.
2. Bake with Them.
Pecans nuts are delicious when baked into cookies, cakes, slices of bread, muffins, pies, and more. You will enjoy a healthier treat without sacrificing flavor if you bake with pecans.
3. Eat Them Raw or Roasted.
Eating raw pecans is better than roasted pecans because roasting destroys some of the nutrients. However, there are still plenty of benefits to eating both raw and roasted pecans.
4. Enjoy Them In Snack Mixes and Bars
Roasted pecans or activated raw pecans are an excellent ingredient for a snack mix or trail mix. Add dried fruit, coconut flakes, other healthy nuts, such as walnuts and roasted pumpkin seeds. You can also add pecans into homemade granola bars.
5. Chop them up and use them as toppings
Add pecans as a topping for ice cream and cake, or sprinkle them onto your favorite fresh salad. They make a flavorful contrast to balsamic and herb vinaigrette dressings.