10/11/2011

Crunchy, Sweet & Healthy! Sante Nuts Review & Coupon Code

If you've read my blog recently, you'll know I've been on a quest recently for healthy snacks for my family. We are always on the go and like handy, healthy snacks. I also like cooking meals that are quick, simple, healthy and tasty. The easier it is to prepare - the more we like it. That being said -- I was thrilled to get the opportunity to try Sante Nuts.

I received a sampler box that contained the Candied Pecans, Candied Walnuts, Garlic Almonds, and the Roasted Salted Pecans.  These nuts are slow roasted in small batches in organic oils with a secret technique that minimizes the amount of oil the nuts absorb, leaving them very light, crisp and crunchy and lower in fat. The ingredients they use are all natural; they are gluten free and are kosher!  I read this article at the Mayo Clinic website that says nuts are a heart healthy food.

The company owner, Sara Tidhar suddenly found herself as a single mom with no income and to provide for her children, she began roasting nuts in her kitchen and selling them. You can read her story here - Sara's Story.

Our Experience:
We tried all 4 varieties of Sante Nuts. We've eaten them right out of the bags by hand. I find them to be very light, crisp and crunchy as advertised They're tasty, with just a very light seasoning that is just right. The candied pecans and walnuts are not too sweet or sugary, and the roasted salted pecans are just right. The garlic almonds are very flavorful and are sweet but have a slight bite - they have a touch of  cayenne and black pepper that gives a unique taste. Sante Nuts are full sized, large pecans halves, whole almonds and walnut halves - not crushed or broken in the bag. They were very fresh and the resealable bag has kept them fresh after repeated openings.

Besides eating them by hand - the following are ways I've tried Sante Nuts:
  • Broken into pieces and tossed into breakfast cereal (candied pecans & walnuts)
  • Broken tablespoon put with yogurt for snack or breakfast
  • Added to my own custom snack mix for my son (with organic cereal, dried fruit bits, organic pretzels
  • Salads - tossed candied pecans & walnuts with dried cranberries, salad greens - eaten with raspberry viniagrette (Photo Below). (Could add spiced pear halves for a pear & walnut salad!)

Haven't tried it yet - but thought of crushing the garlic almonds and trying to use as a coating for baking boneless chicken breasts or perhaps orange roughy fish. Check out these Recipes at the Sante Nuts website. There are so many different ways you could use these nuts for snacks, in baking and cooking. What are your favorite ways to incorporate walnuts, pecans and almonds into your cooking and snacking? Submit your own recipe to Sante....


You can buy Sante Nuts online - in 4 oz and 5 oz bags. The prices run between $3.29 and $4.29 per bag depending on variety - which I think is reasonable, compared to most other premium nuts.

COUPON CODE
Sante Nuts has offered a special coupon code for readers of Retro Girl: Surviving The Suburbs.
You can get a 25% discount on any order at SanteNuts.Com - Just enter the code below at checkout. This coupon is good for orders through December 16, 2011. Please feel free to share this code via Twitter, Facebook, email - however you wish. Just in time for your holiday entertaining & baking needs!
CODE:   2011-Blog-040

I received complimentary bags of Sante Nuts in exchange for my honest opinion and a review of my experience. I did not receive any other compensation or incentive nor was I required to write a positive review. Individual results or experiences may vary. You may obtain more detailed information, ingredients, allergy and/or nutritional data from the company's website. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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