What do you think of when you hear “walnuts”? Banana bread? Waldorf salad? An optional addition to chocolate-chip cookies? While walnuts have been relegated to supporting actor in some of your favorite dishes, we’re here to tell you that walnuts are stepping out into the spotlight as a headliner snack, and you don’t want to miss out!
Did you know that walnuts have grown in popularity for their flavor, versatility, and fantastic health benefits? Even though they’ve been around for centuries and have a deep history as one of the oldest tree foods, we think they’re the nut of the future, powering plant-based alternatives.
Why Walnuts Are the Sleeper Snack
Nuts, in general, are misunderstood. Doctors have been telling us for years that nuts are healthy, but many people still avoid them because they think they are high in calories and fat, giving them a bad rap. People think of peanuts (actually a legume!) and almonds as the most snackable nuts, and believe walnuts are only for topping oatmeal or baking into muffins. Well, that’s just nut fair…
Why are walnuts an add-on and not a common snack? People say they have a bitter aftertaste. We hear they’re “difficult to shell,” they “break easily,” and they “turn rancid more quickly than other nuts.” But to tell you a secret, we’ve discovered the walnut is just a bit of a diva and just needs extra-special treatment.
At Unbound Snacks, we’re on a mission to show how craveably delicious walnuts can be! We’re breaking the rules and following the flavor. Because we grow them ourselves, we know walnuts are unique and delicate – they need to be roasted carefully and amplified with the perfect seasoning to take their rightful place at the snack table. So that’s what we’re doing!
Who in the World Eats Walnuts?
Americans gobble up 2.5 million tons of walnuts a year. China is right behind at 2.47 million tons. So, to answer the question, a lot of people. Walnuts are growing in popularity across the globe as consumers increasingly turn to nutritionally dense, plant-based superfoods that satisfy their cravings and keep up with their busy lifestyles.
Why You Should Eat Walnuts
It’s no coincidence that walnuts are shaped like a brain. Walnuts are an easy, nutrient-packed way to add healthy fats and fiber to your meals and daily snacking to supply your brain with energy throughout the day.
Need a study snack? As an excellent source of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids, walnuts can help you feel fuller longer and are perfect for fueling a workout, snacking on the go, or pushing through a long day at the library.
Walnuts May Help You Sleep Better…
Did you know that walnuts are a great source of melatonin? Some researchers claim that eating walnuts increases blood melatonin concentration and could lead to better sleep quality. According to a 2014 study in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, the omega-3 fatty acid in walnuts called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is converted to docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the body, which may increase serotonin as well. So try munching on a handful of walnuts before bed!
Because of these superfood qualities, consuming walnuts as a snack on their own in larger quantities, minus the sugar and carbs they are usually associated with, is the way to go. Let them do their thing!
But this is just the tip of the iceberg – learn more about how walnuts are good for you here.
Snack on This…
In a nutshell, walnuts are underrated. Raw or toasted, they are rich in earthy, nutty flavor and full of potential. They have just the right amount of crunchiness and creaminess, and combined with their health benefits, they make for superior snacking.
At Unbound Snacks, we believe boundaries are meant to be broken, and we’re on a mission to wake up the world to craveable and nutritious walnuts. Our premium roasting process and expertly balanced flavors perfectly complement the walnut’s natural taste.
Grab a bag of Original, Butter Toffee, Cinnamon, Chili Lime, or Sea Salt & Pepper and you’ll see what we mean! Unbound walnuts wal-nut disappoint!