Looking for a healthy alternative to mashed potatoes? Celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder's recipe for macadamia nut and sun-dried tomato mash is packed full of good-for-you fats, antioxidants, and calcium. "Macadamia nuts are full of monounsaturated fats, which are the healthiest fats for you," says Kim. Monounsaturated fats actually help to break down the bad fats in your body, are essential for hydrating and plumping your skin, and contain lots of fiber to give you energy. "Macadamia nuts are also one of the only foods that contain palmitoleic acid, which helps the body to speed up metabolism," says Kim. "They're also high in vitamin A, magnesium, and calcium.” This delicious dish is perfect with greens for dinner or lunch, and lasts a few days in the fridge!
Macadamia Nut and Sun-dried Tomato Mash
1 cup raw, unsalted macadamia nuts, soaked for two hours and rinsed well
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (not the varieties in oil)
¼ tsp Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley (any variety)
Black pepper to taste
Place the macadamia nuts and lemon juice in a food processor and blend well. Next, add the chopped, sun-dried tomatoes and sea salt, and blend again. The mixture should be moist and crumbly, but not liquid. Spoon the mixture into a medium bowl, and mix in the chopped parsley.
Enjoy by scooping on top of a green salad, but be sure to eat a good majority of the greens first.
Kimberly Snyder is a Los Angeles-based celebrity nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution. She began her work after journeying through 50 countries and six continents, learning about health and beauty from many different cultures. With a philosophy rooted in the belief that outer beauty is a reflection of inner health, Kim now works with clients such as Hilary Duff, Olivia Wilde, and Drew Barrymore. Get lots of health and beauty tips by following her on Twitter at @kimsbeautydetox.