Roasted Nuts And Seeds

It’s fall, the weather is getting cooler, time to turn on the oven and roast some almonds, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), and brazil nuts (or any nuts and seeds you prefer)!

I just put about 1 teaspoon of organic olive oil in center of pan, add the nuts and seeds and mix with my hands to coat the nuts.  I add sea salt, then bake at 350 degrees for about 8 – 10 minutes.  It’s important to be right there and stir about every minute.  They will brown fast.  I don’t set a timer, it’s different every time.

I just love the flavor of the roasted nuts and seeds.  In the photo, I don’t have the brazil nuts, but I do love those also.  They are my husband’s favorite and he seems to be able to digest them easier than other nuts and seeds.

The only downfall to roasting nuts and seeds is that I can’t stay away from them!  Also, the nutritional level may be affected, also.  But, in any case they are a nice change to eating the raw nuts and seeds and they are great on salads!

Just one more side note on salad “toppings”.  We love sprinkling Perky’s Crunchy Flax Cereal on our salads!  It adds the crunch and some sweetness which mixes well with our homemade salad dressings!

It’s also a great cereal just to eat for breakfast or a snack!  They are soy, nut, gluten, & lactose free.   I love putting organic strawberries and blueberries on top!

Eating Healthy at Motorcycle Rally

My husband and I went with our motorcycle ministry to a motorcycle rally last Saturday in Fayettville, Ark. – Bikers, Blues, & BBQ.  Eating healthy is always a challenge!  My husband decided to tackle some potato chips.  He eats extremely healthy 100% of the time, but once in a while he’s entitled to splurge and I’m happy that he can do that without too much of a bad reaction. I did taste them and they were great!

I, on the other hand, am pictured here eating organic apple slices.  I also brought carrot sticks, almonds and pumpkin seeds that I brought in my trusty biker purse. I’m definitely not bragging, because I would love to eat all the food the others were eating. But, all I can think of when I see the junk food from vendors is laying in bed with a migraine for 3 – 5 days.

A lot of the times when we are going for a ride and going out to eat I will take my own salad dressing that I mix in a little bottle.  I’ll also take some roasted pumpkin seeds and almonds to sprinkle on top of the salad.  I will always eat a big breakfast, then have a salad for lunch, unless we eat somewhere where I can get a baked potato.  I don’t trust eating chicken out or any other meat.

Whenever I come up with some  other good solutions to  eating healthy while traveling on a motorcycle, I’ll publish them.  Until  then, enjoy this fall weather and get your motor running!