Walnuts boast an impressive array of skin-beautifying properties: they are made up of 15 to 20 percent protein and are a rich source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and an excellent source of those hard to find linoleic omega-6 fatty acids and alpha-linoleic omega-3 fatty acids. They also contain vitamin E and vitamin B6, making them an excellent source of nourishment for your dermal tissue.
They strengthen the membranes of your skin cells, locking in moisture and nutrients that keep it plump and glowing and most importantly wrinkle free! They are also great at keeping out toxins that can damage skin cells.
The nourishing fats in walnuts attract moisture from the air, soothing dry skin and keeping your hair and scalp well conditioned and soft.
These healthy fats help to reduce skin inflammation (read: fewer breakouts!) and play a role in protecting the skin against harmful UV rays.
Walnuts are versatile and delicious: You can add them to hot and cold cereal, add them to your cake mixes, throw them into stews or salads and use them as a substitute for pine nuts in pesto recipes. While walnuts are great for you, don't go too overboard as they contain 183 calories per ounce!
Have a look at this walnut-crusted salmon recipe that is simply delicious!
How can you get your kids to eat walnuts? I would love to say that you should get them used to snacking on it when they are young as that is really the best way. However if you are one of those parents that struggle, go for the next best thing: hide it in their food!
Check out this great recipe for spaghetti with special meatballs (the meatballs are made with turkey and ground walnuts):