Chestnuts.. Have you started roasting yet?

 

It’s almost winter and chestnuts are in season! I love chestnuts,  but  I also love my waist and don’t intend on gaining weight – despite the fact that sweater season does help hide some excess weight here and there. Nonetheless, weight gain or not, every food in moderation is acceptable.

What’s the relationship between the oh so wonderful chestnut and weight gain you ask? Well, unlike all seeds (which a chestnut is considered to be) it’s packed with more starch that fat. In other words, a chestnut can be lumped together to the world of corn, potatoes and peas. So, here are the facts, per chestnut you get 5g of carbs, 0.4g protein, 0.2g fat, 0.4g fiber and almost 21 calories – as you can see, it’s not much per chestnut, but who can really stop at 1 chestnut?

If you’re going to be purchasing chestnuts anytime soon, make sure you pick out ones that are  shiny, tight and tough . If the chestnut rattles then it has over dried.

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Perfectly Roasted Chestnuts

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 - 30 mins

Total Time: 40 mins

Ingredients:

Chestnuts (as many as you like)

1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to approximately 200°C
  2. Take a knife and slice a large X through the chestnut (to help steam escape from the nut and avoiding it from popping in your oven)
  3. Place the chestnuts onto a baking pan and place in the oven to roast for 20-30 minutes
  4. Once roasted, remove the chestnuts from the oven and place on a cloth
  5. When cool enough, peel the chestnuts, sprinkle some cinnamon and indulge!

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