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PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:43 am 
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I hate 'em. Seeds too. They're nothing but birdfeed to me. But I'm trying to incorporate them into my diet with homemade protein bars which I'll be making for the first time tomorrow night. (God help my k-word)

So I was thinking flaxseed and almonds. But I don't want them to overpower the taste of the bars and make me boke. :eek: Would linseed or pumpkin seed have a blander taste? And be as good nutritionally? And are there any really bland tasting nuts?

The recipe I'm planning on trying is:

1 cup blended oats
1 cup rolled oats
2 tbl spoons blended flaxseed
3-4 tbl spoons of peanut butter
3 eggwhites and 1 whole egg
1 banana
4-5 scoops of (vanilla) whey protein powder
handful of almonds


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Flaxseed = linseed.

If you don't like flaxseeds, leave them out. Nutritionally, walnuts are good substitute but neiither is as good as fish or fish oil. I find almonds bland anyway but any nut will do. The taste will be overwelmed by the peanut butter. Olive oil is a good source of Monounsaturated fats, the main reason for eating nuts in the first place. The other reason is the trace nutrients that are sometimes hard to get other places. You should get a variety of nuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, etc. Each has a slightly different nutritional profile and supply different micronutrients. Getting a variety of herbs and mushrooms serves the same purpose. Sea vegetable also help. Pumpkin seeds will help but are not as good as nuts mainly because of their lipid profile. Consider sesame and sunflower seeds along with the pumpkin seeds. Almonds are a good source of manganese, so are oats. The seeds will give you copper. Almonds are a good source of vitamin E. Sunflower seeds are also a very good source.


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I've become somewhat addicted to pecans lately.


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frogbyte wrote:
I've become somewhat addicted to pecans lately.


The unsalted ones are even better frozen.


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I had a cup of almonds, I think its around 70g of fat! Booyakahsa!!


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pdellorto wrote:
frogbyte wrote:
I've become somewhat addicted to pecans lately.


The unsalted ones are even better frozen.


Yeah, unsalted raw. So good. Mild, just very eatable.

I've already got mine in the fridge (it's set cold, they're almost frozen) but I'll try the freezer. :-)


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First batch in the oven. Used linseed, doesn't taste bad actually. Added some cinnamon and honey. Just enough time to clean the egg off the floor and mixture off the wall before they're ready.


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How did they turn out?


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A little dry. OK, a lot dry. But still edible. A couple of minutes less in the oven next time, and a few tweaks to the recipe. Might try a non-baked batch too.


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On the pecan front, Dellorto's right, they're even more munchably snackable frozen. My body weight's been on a downward trend since going paleo, but these cold crunchy delicious pecans stand to possibly reverse that trend.


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