Tu b'Shvat

Most holiday meals we tend to overeat and overindulge ourselves with food that isn't so healthy. One exception to this 'rule' is the holiday of Tu b'Shvat. Tu b'Shvat celebrates nature and the customary holiday foods reflect that - nuts and dried fruits. Nuts contain fat, but they are also rich in dietary fibers, antioxidants, vitamins (E and folic acid), and minerals (magnesium and potassium). Many studies have shown that a daily serving of nuts lowers the chance of disease by 30%-55%!

California walnuts have the highest percentage of essential omega 3 fatty acids. In general, walnuts are very healthy. Many studies show that a daily serving of walnuts lowers a person's cholesterol and triglycerides. As a result of these studies, the FDA has stated that walnuts lower the risk of heart disease when combined with a balanced diet. The suggested serving size is 3-7 walnuts a day. Walnuts can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for a long time.

Recipe: Walnut-Encrusted Peppers

  • 2 large green peppers
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1 large yellow pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c. crushed walnuts
  • 1 T. white wine vinegar
  • 2 T. chopped parsley
  • 1 t. dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cut peppers into strips, add to skillet over small flame. Cook for 20 minutes until soft. Add garlic and mix well. Before serving, mix walnuts, vinegar, parsley, dried thyme, salt and pepper. Add to peppers. Serve.

Makes: 4 serving, 90 calories a serving