Chestnuts – Ellen's Snack of the Month

Chestnuts
are one of my all times favorites.  Growing up in an Italian family we used to roast them for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I did not like them as a kid but now have grown to love them especially after finding out that they pack such nutrition and are low in calories for the nut family (no pun intended)! For instance, in 
2 1/2 chestnuts, there are only 60 calories, 1 gram of protein, 1 gram of fat, and they are loaded with vitamin C.  
Now, they say that almonds are good for you? Take a look at the nutritional comparison of the same size serving of almonds vs. chestnuts:

Almonds: Serving Size 100 grams, Calories 575, Fat Calories: 414

Chestnuts: Serving Size 100 grams Calories 213, Fat Calories: 16 Nutrition Facts Comparison

 
The best way to eat Chestnuts is to roast them. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Cut an X in each nut and place in baking pan with the “X” side up.  Bake for 20-30 minutes.   They are better when eaten hot but I have also enjoyed them cold.  Eating the nuts will also encourage you to drink water because they can be a bit dry as they have little fat. 

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