Pecans: The Perfect Coffee and Tea Snack

Everyone knows and loves the sweet gooeyness of a traditional southern pecan pie, but these pies are usually reserved for special occasions only. The nuts they contain are not commonly used outside of the delights of pie, but they should be a regular part of your snacking. Pecans offer a filling snacking option that is high in protein and healthy fats, and their natural sweetness (whether paired in a candied coating or not) makes a perfect partner for your daily coffee and tea break.

That World-famous Taste
Pecans are naturally light, sweet and creamy – the perfect nut. This world-famous flavor profile has made them one of the most popular nuts for confectionaries. Other nuts can offer tinges of bitterness that offset the sweetness of a toffee or caramel covering, but not pecans! And the mighty pecan is not limited to the sweet realm: chefs worldwide have embraced pecans for countless savory applications, including in salads and as crusting for fried fish. This delicious versatility makes the pecan a great pairing for the complexities of teas and coffees. Go sweet for dessert coffees, salty with a smoky tea, or even smoked with a dark roast coffee.

Great for You
Pecans are rich in protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and natural antioxidants. They contain a high concentration of vitamin E and tocopherols, which have been linked to reductions in LDL (or “bad”) cholesterol in the bloodstream. In fact, they are so effective at this that they have been certified as a heart-healthy food by the American Heart Association. Other studies have shown that pecans may provide key nutrients to help protect your body and mind from diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and even cancer. They might even be the key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. When paired with your already antioxidant-rich coffee or tea, pecans pack a powerful health punch that may keep you running much longer than a biscotti would.

So Many Options
If you are looking to incorporate pecans into your daily coffee or tea break, your options are limitless. You can keep your calories low by just having a handful of pecans for a little pick-me-up, or you can go for decadence with a slice of old-fashioned pecan pie a la mode. For something sweetened but not quite pie, try candied pecans: pralines are a favorite, and cinnamon-coated are exotically different. For something a bit more savory, try them salted, smoked or chili-spiced!

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