Why is the cashew mighty? Because it's mighty good for your mind and body.
A cashew contains a powerful combination of mood-stabilising vitamins, minerals and healthy fats like iron, B6, magnesium, niacin, copper, Omega 3 and tryptophan. Research shows that a handful of cashews a day has an anti-depressant effect. The clever nut works by boosting the serotonin uptake in your brain and encouraging a more relaxed state of mind.
I find raw cashews can be a bit bland, so here are my top five favourite ways of making them zing.
Spicy roasted cashews with cumin, sweet paprika and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Great with drinks and so much nicer than the salty stuff you buy in shops.
Roasted broccoli with cashew cream. So easy to do. Baked florets of broccoli with roasted cashews drizzled in a sauce made from soaked cashews, garlic and lemon juice.
Cauliflower and cashew soup. A winter-warming soup with added turmeric to give it a golden glow.
Matcha cashew milk. Soaked and blended cashews with water, a teaspoon of green matcha and a drop of vanilla essence. A milk that's never boring.
Cashew coconut bar bringing together shredded coconut, toasted cashews, medjool dates and cashew or almond butter. Naturally sweet and tasty.
Can the mighty cashew cure anxiety and depression? No is the answer. But this goodness-packed nut might lift your mood and rid you of the blues.