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the benefits of hazelnuts

22nd February 2017 by Jess

Sometimes called filbert nuts, hazelnuts are one of my particular favourites when it comes to nuts. These marble-sized nuts pack a potent nutritional punch!

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Providing protein, fibre, unsaturated fats, and many other important vitamins and minerals, hazelnuts have got such an eclectic mix of goodness and when they’re roasted, it adds another layer of flavour to their deliciousness.

They’re an excellent source of vitamin E, which is a vitamin that helps to protect our cells from oxidative stress. Manganese, copper and magnesium are also abundant in these nuts, which are all needed for a healthy metabolism, copper for a healthy nervous system, immune system, skin and hair.

They also contain vitamins B1, B6 and folate which our body needs to create energy, so they’re a handy nut to have in your pantry to incorporate into your snacks and main meals.

Hazelnuts are a particularly versatile nut because of all of the different ways they can be used. They can be enjoyed raw, roasted, in a spread or paste or even finely blended into a flour-like consistency.

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Jess’s 3 favourite ways to get hazelnuts into the day:

  1. Roasted, blended, with cacao, dates and maple syrup added to form a health Nutella. Add a spoonful into your smoothie for a chocolate hit.
  2. Roughly chopped and added to fresh figs in a salad.
  3. Added to brussel sprouts and roasted in the oven with some honey and olive oil

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By Jess, graze nutritionist.

Our nutritionist extraordinaire, Jess trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition and is a registered practitioner with the British Association for Applied Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She's the creator of our health badges, to help you choose the snacks and boxes that are right for you. Check out everything from Jess on our blog, with recipes and tricks to help you keep making better choices, or go to Jess's blog at jessipes.co.uk for even more.

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