What's Tasty at Sigona's Farmers Market

January 12, 2011

John Sigona’s Pick of the Week: Raw Mixed Nuts

Filed under: Dried Fruit & Nut Specials — Tags: — Sigona's @ 10:18 am

John Sigona’s Pick of the Week: Raw Mixed Nuts

John Sigona partners with local farmers to get spectacular prices on all your favorite dried fruits & nuts!

Raw Mixed Nuts

9 oz.

Reg. $4.99

On sale for $3.99

Difficult, if not impossible, to find Raw Shelled Mixed Nuts anywhere. But you will find them at Sigona’s Farmers Market. I buy them separately and we mix them on the premises at Sigona’s in Redwood City and in Palo Alto.

John Sigona, our dried fruit and nut buyer.

Our Raw Mixed Nuts are a mixture of whole California almonds, California pecan halves, California walnuts, whole Brazil nuts and whole cashews. They have nothing added.

I’ll give you two unique ways to use them at the end of this article—before I do—I want you to know that raw nuts are very, very good for you—here a just a few of the numerous nutritional benefits:

  • High in Protein
  • High in Magnesium
  • High in Fiber
  • Very high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids
  • Very high in Antioxidants

Yes, they are high in calories, but they are filling and an ounce or so a day is all you need.

As promised I’ve got two little secrets I’ll share with you about how to use these Raw Shelled Mixed Nuts—really easy, really unique, really tasty and really healthy!

  1. Use Sigona’s Mixed Raw Nuts as a substitute ingredient for Pine Nuts when you make Fresh Pesto (See my video here!)
  2. Use them in your blender with fresh, raw vegetables and fresh, raw fruit for a superbly healthy, all-raw veggie/fruit smoothie—here is a quick, easy recipe I made the day after Christmas—You’ll need a large blender. Serves 3. (Remember to wash all items first):

Raw Veggie/Fruit Smoothie

(See notes above. Serves 3)

  • Lacinato Kale, Spinach (baby or regular), small handful of parsley, half medium beet (filling blender with all of these vegetables about 35-40% full)
  • (1) Large Fresh Ripe Banana, one-third medium Fresh Pineapple
  • 6 oz. Fresh Pressed Apple Juice, unpasteurized and unfiltered, if possible
  • 10-12 oz. Filtered Water
  • (Optional) 2-3 tablespoons Flaxseed

Directions: Blend together until all is liquefied. Serve immediately after preparing for highest nutritional value. Share and drink to your health!

Cook’s notes:

  • This will taste best cold—easily done—your vegetables and apple juice can come straight from your refrigerator and you can pre-freeze your ripe fresh bananas (lay flat in the freezer, in a single layer, in a zip-lock bag).
  • You can use any number of vegetables, such as Swiss Chard, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens Yu Choy and so on—same with the  fruit, although I like to keep bananas as a mainstay.
  • Bottom Line—Super Duper Healthy and Delicious.

Let me know what you think!

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