Soon we will find ourselves in the midst of summer, which means lots of on the go and busy days outside enjoying friends, family, and the sunshine. With all the craziness of summer life, you want to be sure to have a healthy and delicious snack that everyone in the family can enjoy.
Today we will share some easy summertime snacking ideas for everyone, so you don't find yourself turning to junk food when you need a quick, on-the-go snack.
Fresh shelled pecans happen to be a great source of manganese and copper which are two minerals known to boost our metabolic health. They also contain anti-inflammatory properties and can even reduce the risk of heart disease. Pecans are a heart-healthy snack because of their unsaturated fats.
So, don't hesitate when grabbing a handful of fresh shelled pecans to enjoy on your way out.
Roasted and Toasted
One of the more classic ways to enjoy snacking on pecans is roasting and toasting the pecans. Simply place them on a baking sheet and pop them into the oven until you see they are a delicious golden brown. Take them out, let them cool, and pop them into baggies or containers for easy on-the-go snacking.
Play with Flavors
Pecans also go well with a variety of different flavors, making them the perfect addition to any summertime trail mix. A few fruity flavors that play well with pecans are apricot, blueberry, cherry, cranberry, lemon, orange, peach, plum, raspberry, and strawberry.
Pecans also pair well with cheese. Pecans and Brie, for example, provides you with the perfect combination of crunchy and creamy. Simply sprinkle some raw pecans over your Brie, and you have a delicious snack.
Storing Your Fresh Shelled Pecans
To properly store your fresh shelled pecans, refrigerate them in plastic bags. You want to seal them in plastic bags, so the nuts don't take on and absorb any of the odors from your refrigerator.
Properly packaged shelled pecans can stay fresh for up to six months. In-shell pecans will be fresh this way for between nine and twelve months.
So, next time you are on the hunt for healthy and easy summertime snacking options for everyone, consider fresh shelled pecans.