To celebrate National Pecan Day, we found four insanely delicious recipes using the super healthy nut!

By Scott Bauer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Scott Bauer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Happy National Pecan Day, Spa Week-ers! We must admit, we’re pretty excited to celebrate this day because pecans are one of the tastiest and most nutritious nuts around. Pecans not only boast some impressive health benefits, like lowering ‘bad’ cholesterol, but they are packed with nutrients that make your body look and feel better from the inside out!

Containing over 19 vitamins and minerals, pecans certainly pack a powerful punch.  In fact, just one ounce of pecans satisfies 10 percent of your daily fiber needs. This yummy nut is also rich in vitamins A, B and E, along with folic acid, calcium, potassium and zinc. But the perks of noshing on pecans don’t stop there!

Pecans are a notable beauty booster thanks to their high content of antioxidants.  In fact, pecans are ranked as one of the top 15 foods highest in the anti-aging nutrient, and are essential for a healthy glow. Antioxidants are also known to improve skin health and complexion, and we can’t think of a more delicious way to get our glow on.

If you’re as impressed by pecans as we are, try these mouth-watering (and healthy) recipes using the super-food:

Spicy-Sweet Squash Bowl via Pinch of Yum

This recipe is a party in your mouth thanks to an amazing combination of flavorful ingredients. Try this recipe for dinner or as a side, and keep left-overs in the fridge for a quick and satisfying snack.

Mixed Greens with Pears, Goat Cheese, Dried Cranberries and Spiced Pecans via A Family Feast

Who said salads were boring? This mixture of creamy goat cheese, tangy pears and zesty pecans certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. Yet, despite its decadent appearance, this salad manages to stay on the healthy side.

Pecan Crusted Honey-Mustard Salmon via Yummy Healthy Easy

This salmon recipe is oh so easy, but tastes insanely gourmet! The combination of honey mustard and pecans makes a truly tasty crust, and traps in all the tenderness of this nutrient-rich fish.

Lightened Up Raw Pecan Pumpkin Butter via Oh She Glows

Almond butter doesn’t have anything on pecan butter, mixed with pumpkin and sweet spices. This pecan butter tastes divine on sliced apples, oatmeal or even in a smoothie. Bonus – it’s vegan, gluten-free, grain-free and soy-free!

Noelle Chehab is the Junior Editor of Spa Week Daily. 

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