Happy Pecan Month! – Part Two

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Welcome back and Happy Pecan month, once again! We are almost out of April, but that gives us one more chance to celebrate the Pecan before May arrives!

Last week we covered the extraordinarily American history of the Pecan. That means that this week is dedicated to the MANY health benefits of the Pecan (and we even threw in a few recipes)!

Plenty of studies have taken a look at the health benefits of the Pecan. According to the USDA, Pecans are one of the top 15 foods known for their concentration of vitamins and minerals.

Evidently, the Pecan offers dozens of nutrients and minerals that the body needs, including: Manganese, Vitamin E, Fiber, and Copper! These nutrients provided by Pecans can help you with anything from cell protection to hearth health to immune system health! They are just plain good for you!

To read up on the specifics of Pecan Health, Benefits, and Uses, check out the links below.
http://foodfacts.mercola.com/pecans.html
http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pecans.html
http://www.ilovepecans.org/pecans-101/history-of-pecans/

For recipes that utilize the natural deliciousness of Pecans, check out this list of links:
Pecan Breaded Chicken Breast
Roaster Brussels Sprouts with Pecans
Pecan Honey Butter
Fettuccine with Zucchini and Pecans

So, go forth and celebrate the Pecan like our forefathers and the Natives before them! Grab a handful, make a pie, top your ice-cream, or grab a bag of your favorite nut clusters! OR all of the above! Enjoy & #SnackInSanity!”

Happy Pecan Month! – Part One

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If you haven’t heard, April is, above all else, National Pecan month! Over the next two weeks, our final days in April, we will be dedicating our celebrations and head-space to the most famously American tree-nut. We will celebrate the Pecan!

In a world where “food”, as our grandparents would call it, has to be labeled as “organic”, “all-natural”, or with “real ingredients”, it’s nice to know that April is National Pecan Month and not something along the lines of National “Twinkie” Month or “Bacon” Month. Celebrating this special month, dedicated to one of our favorite ingredients in each delicious flavor of nut cluster, we are taking a look at the history & benefits of the Pecan.

Coveted by the Natives of America, the Pecan was one of the only natural tree nuts to grow in the North American Continent. Thanks to their extensive knowledge of the crop, the Natives helped teach our ancestors how to adapt to the harsh environment of the New World. This included the large variety of uses for and benefits from the Pecan!

Next thing we know, our nutty forefathers, George Washington & Thomas Jefferson, were planting them too! You know who else uses Pecans? What-A-Ya Nuts?! uses Pecans!

Not every country has the history or luxury of enjoying the Pecan the way America does. Only four other countries across the world house “sizable growing operations”. No wonder we go nuts over Pecans for an entire month!

For more information about the history of the Pecan, take a look at these articles:

Florida police dog was fired after biting two people

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Officials say 4-year-old Renzo had been with the Coconut Creek Police Department for more than a year. But now the Florida police dog was fired from after biting two people. The Belgian Malinois bit an officer in November while tracking a suspect. Last week, he burst out of a patrol car and bit a Dunkin’ Donuts worker in the calf.

Read the full story here.

Our Favorite “Joe”

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Happy National Joe Day from all of us at The Asylum!

Today, we celebrate our favorite Joe: Joe Besser of The Three Stooges! Joe’s often referred to as “The Forgotten Stooge” as he joined the group in 1956 to replace the departed Shemp Howard.

But he’s not forgotten at The Asylum, because he hails from our home town!  Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1907.

Tell us what “Joe” you’re celebrating today?

Regular Consumption of Nuts is Inversely Related to Cancer Deaths

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According to a recent study run by Harvard University, regular consumption of nuts is inversely related to cancer deaths. The study analyzed over 100,000 people over 30 years and found nut consumption was inversely associated with total mortality by over 20%, disregarding the cause, and had an inverse relationship with some of the most common causes of death, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Read the full story here.