Elegant and Healthy Walnut Dishes

Walnuts are good for your heart health, and they may also be good for your brain. According to research, eating walnuts may improve performance on cognitive function tests, including those for memory, concentration and information processing speed. Probably because walnuts are high in antioxidants, contain a host of vitamins and minerals, and they're the only nut that contains a significant source of alpha-linolenic acid, which is a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid.

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Walnuts for a Smart Brain and Healthy Heart

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Walnuts are perfect for a simple snack, but you can do so much more with them. Take a look at seven spectacularly delicious and healthy dishes featuring walnuts, from California Walnuts.

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Simplistic and beautiful. This dish combines velvety smooth Greek yogurt with delicious crunchy toasted walnuts and luscious berries. It's finished with a touch of golden honey. We can't imagine a tastier way to load up on calcium, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids. 

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 We've noticed that kale's become a big hit with salad lovers. And for good reason - it's loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Plus it tastes terrific. Here kale is combined with quinoa, which is one of our favorite superfood whole grains, and toasted walnuts. Fabulous flavor and nutrition that's so good it's practically off the charts. .

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Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and quinoa is high in protein and fiber. Walnut cream doesn't have any dairy cream — it's made from walnuts and water with a little maple syrup and lemon juice. A perfect way to start your morning. 

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Here's a delicious and light meal idea featuring walnuts (of course), lean chicken and lots of spinach, which is chock full of vitamin A and folate. You can leave out the chicken and substitute shrimp or lean beef, and it will still be delicious. 

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Walnuts make a terrific heart- and brain-healthy snack any time of the day. This recipe adds a delicious savory flavor and a touch of heat with a little cayenne pepper. They're also perfect as a salad topping. 

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Halibut is an excellent source of protein, good fats, and potassium. It's also a good source of vitamin D, which makes this dish extra special. This recipe will work with other types of white fish as well.

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Healthy eaters often avoid pizza because it's loaded with unhealthy fat and calories. But here's proof that pizza can be both delicious and good for you. This savory dish makes a great meal — just add a side salad and your favorite beverage.

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