California Walnuts Blog

The California Walnuts blog is where we share Culinary Inspiration, tips for a Balanced Lifestyle, our Orchard Orgins and highlight our Holistic Community. We believe goodness stems from the simple things in life. We want to inspire your creativity and remind you to have fun, get out of your shell, and enjoy life to the fullest.

Holistic Community
March 19, 2020

Walnuts Provide Flavor, Texture to Plant-Based Foods, Beverages

Plant-based food and beverages are booming and show no signs of slowing. Product development from food and beverage manufacturers has been rapid, and consumers in...
Culinary Inspiration
March 13, 2020

Four Satisfying Walnut & Potato Recipes to Try Today

Walnuts and potatoes really are the definition of a power pairing when you account for how tasty and satisfying both are! They’re smooth, rich and...
Holistic Community
March 11, 2020

Myth Conception: Plant-based Eating and Male Fertility

The key to a healthy pregnancy starts before conception, as aspiring mothers are becoming increasingly aware of how diet and lifestyle choices may influence their...
Culinary Inspiration
March 11, 2020

Spring Forward with Fresh Recipes

The return of springtime brings sunshine, flowers and (our favorite) plenty of fresh produce. It’s one of the best times of the year to rethink...
Holistic Community
March 4, 2020

A Snacking Win for Women: Walnuts

For women who want an edge on wellness, eating the right foods can be simple, especially when you choose nutrient dense choices, like walnuts. Published...
Balanced Lifestyle
February 28, 2020

5 Ways to Add More Nutrition To Your Diet

Let’s be honest, by this time of the year, many of us are starting to slack on our health-focused New Year’s resolutions. However, March is...
Holistic Community
February 28, 2020

Embrace American Heart Month with These Made with Walnuts Foods

February is a special month to celebrate loving each other — and ourselves. It’s American Heart Month, and walnuts fit wonderfully with heart-healthy diets. Walnuts...
Holistic Community
February 24, 2020

New Product Outlook 2020

Walnuts are bursting into the new decade full steam ahead, no longer restricted to just the bakery aisle. They feature a variety of functional benefits,...
Holistic Community
February 24, 2020

Chef Q&A: Venecia Willis

This issue’s featured chef is Venecia Willis, Sr. Culinary Operations Manager for Protein Bar & Kitchen. Before joining Protein Bar in November of 2017, Chef...
Holistic Community
February 10, 2020

Walnuts Cited as ‘Superfood’ Complement to 2020 Diet Trends

Each new year brings a new set of trends, especially in the world of nutrition and dieting. And, 2020 is no different. Adapting a plant-based...
Culinary Inspiration
January 31, 2020

3 Ways to Eat Heart-Healthy with Walnuts this Week

If you’re like most of us, overly ambitious New Year’s resolutions may be long-abandoned by now. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still commit to...
Culinary Inspiration
January 30, 2020

3 Ways to Eat Heart-Healthy with Walnuts this Week

Valentine’s Day may be over, but we’re still all 😍. That’s because February is American Heart Month, a time to adopt heart-healthy habits in order...
Culinary Inspiration
January 30, 2020

3 Ways to Eat Heart-Healthy with Walnuts this Week

When you think of February, pink and red hearts and Valentine’s Day cards probably come to mind. But this festive time of year isn’t just...
Balanced Lifestyle
January 30, 2020

3 Simple Ways to Show Your Heart Some Love this Month

This week, we’ve got one more person to add to your list of valentines: you! With Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month both happening in...
Balanced Lifestyle
January 29, 2020

Your Guide to the Perfect Galentine’s Day

If you’re not familiar with Galentine’s Day, it’s the day before Valentine’s Day, set aside to celebrate friendship. The “holiday” was popularized by Amy Poehler’s...
Holistic Community
January 24, 2020

Private Label Goes Mainstream

Not too long ago, private label foods and beverages were simply known as inexpensive imitations of everyone’s favorite branded products. My how times have changed....
Culinary Inspiration
January 23, 2020

Rock Your Resolutions with Walnuts

After an indulgent holiday season full of sweets, treats, and heavy meals, you might feel ready to hit the reset button. Whether you’re trying to...
Holistic Community
January 9, 2020

Trend Report: Food Bars Continue Healthy Growth as Snack, Meal Replacement

The food bar category continues to show impressive growth, especially when you look at specific segments, such as breakfast/cereal and health/nutrition. In these segments, consumers...
Holistic Community
January 9, 2020

Cereal Companies Include Walnuts to Boost ‘Health Halo’

Walnuts are magically delicious and more and more cereal, granola and oatmeal makers are adding better-for-you ingredients to get consumers’ days off to a healthy...
Holistic Community
December 19, 2019

Walnuts Gain Popularity in Dairy and Dairy-Free Products

The dairy shelf at supermarkets has undergone a bit of a transformation in the last 10 years. The yogurt category has risen, and fractured into...
Holistic Community
December 18, 2019

Popular Flavor Pairings with Walnuts

Grabbing a handful of walnuts is a heart-healthy* way to indulge in nutritional benefits without the guilt. After all, just one ounce of walnuts provides...
Balanced Lifestyle
December 17, 2019

Mastering your Morning Routine in 3 Easy Steps

Whether your morning is filled with a bustling household of children, or you’re simply trying to get yourself to your first meeting of the day—mornings...
Balanced Lifestyle
December 12, 2019

Gift Giving Made Simple with Walnuts

Ditch the long lines at retail shops this holiday season and get creative in your gift-giving by incorporating California walnuts. California walnuts can make holiday...
Orchard Origins
December 10, 2019

The Humble Walnut Has a Gilded History

The humble walnut has a rich and deep history, one that starts far off in Ancient Persia and reaches all the way to present day....
Holistic Community
December 9, 2019

California Walnuts Show Their Savory and Sweet Side at New Products Conference

The 37th annual New Products Conference was an exciting, three-day event, filled with innovations, trends and strategy discussions about the future of food. California Walnuts...
Culinary Inspiration
December 9, 2019

Savory Meets Sweet with These Walnut & Brie Puff Pastry Bites

It’s an age-old question: savory, or sweet? We say, why choose? For the best of both worlds, we have a new recipe that will satisfy...
Culinary Inspiration
December 4, 2019

Warm Up Your Winter with Walnut and Brown Butter Gnocchi

When the weather gets colder and you need a dinner that can warm you up from the inside out, it’s time to turn to comfort...
Culinary Inspiration
December 4, 2019

Bake Your Way Around the Globe with Walnuts

Baking during the holidays is a time-honored tradition. When searching for treats to try this holiday season, take a cue from our friends around the...
Culinary Inspiration
November 28, 2019

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with No-Bake Walnut Bliss Balls

Everyone wants a little taste of dessert at the end of the day, but wouldn’t it be nice if that sweet treat was also something...
Culinary Inspiration
November 26, 2019

Holiday Entertaining Made Simple

If you’re hosting a holiday party or dinner this year, you might feel overwhelmed with everything involved in orchestrating the perfect event. Fortunately, with these...
Culinary Inspiration
November 26, 2019

Pep Up Your Spinach Salad with Pomegranates and Prosciutto

Salads can have a reputation for being boring, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. Sometimes a little inspiration is all it takes...
Culinary Inspiration
November 26, 2019

4 Walnut Recipes for the Latest Kitchen Gadgets

There’s no doubt we’re in a new era of innovative kitchen appliances. Instead of specific kitchen tools like fondue pots and egg cookers taking up...
Holistic Community
November 4, 2019

New Ways to Snack with Walnuts

More than half of Americans snack daily, and snacking is actually the most popular way to eat walnuts.1,2 Simply grabbing a handful, raw or toasted,...
Culinary Inspiration
November 1, 2019

Pep Up Your Pesto Pasta with Walnuts

Need some help in the dinner department? The Pint-Sized Chefs are back again with their Spinach Walnut Pesto Pasta – just the recipe for you...
Culinary Inspiration
October 28, 2019

Pasta Potlucks are the New Cookie Swap

You’ve probably attended a cookie swap or a gift swap. But have you ever been to a pasta potluck? Intrigued? Read on! The holiday season...
Culinary Inspiration
October 24, 2019

13 Hacks to Make Your Life Simpler in the Kitchen

Life isn’t always simple. Kids get sick, cars break down, last-minute meetings are scheduled. With all that life throws at you, wouldn’t it be great...
Culinary Inspiration
October 22, 2019

Simple Salmon for a Savory Weeknight Meal

There’s something about a quick and easy, oven-roasted recipe that screams “weeknight meal solution”! But sometimes, those recipes can use a refresh. In order to...
Holistic Community
October 18, 2019

Camp Walnut 2019 Recap

A select group of industry chefs and foodservice media members were invited to join us at the beginning of the month for the 2019 California...
Holistic Community
October 16, 2019

What’s On The Supermarket Shelf? Going Wal-nuts for Halloween

The time-honored tradition of knocking on doors for candy provides more treats than tricks these days, and parents get just as much fun out of...
Holistic Community
October 15, 2019

Healthy Indulgence, Snacking on Display at IBIE 2019

The largest baking industry show in the United States recently took place in Las Vegas, and the California Walnut Commission was on hand to promote...
Culinary Inspiration
October 14, 2019

Fall Meatless Meals

Denisse here from LePetitEats.com. I’m so happy to be working with California Walnuts again to help inspire you to create more meatless meals at home!...
Culinary Inspiration
October 7, 2019

This Overnight Oats Recipe Will Make Your Mornings

For many of us, mornings can be hectic. Just getting yourself together, dressed and out the door leaves little time to prepare a well-balanced breakfast....
Orchard Origins
October 2, 2019

5 Crafts to Keep the Kids Busy Through the Holidays

As the weather cools and the kids are indoors, ignite their natural creativity and curiosity with crafts. With Fall being walnut harvest season, they’re plentiful...
Orchard Origins
September 30, 2019

Walnut Harvest: The Journey to Your Kitchen

Did you know 99% of the walnuts in the United States are grown in California? It’s a long road from planting a walnut orchard to...
Culinary Inspiration
September 26, 2019

4 Home-gating Snack Hacks for Sports Season

Whether you’re watching the big game with your family or hosting a “home-gating” party with friends, you can’t root for your favorite team on an...
Holistic Community
September 20, 2019

What’s on the Supermarket Shelf?

Welcome to our new blog where we’ll be detailing our favorite products on supermarket shelves that are made with walnuts! Each month, we’ll feature food...
Balanced Lifestyle
September 19, 2019

Diet and Reproductive Health – Is there a link?

With 12% of women and 9% of men in the US experiencing infertility1, or the inability to become pregnant after one year of trying, the...
Culinary Inspiration
September 19, 2019

3 Fall Drinks That Are Better Than a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Denisse here from LePetitEats.com. This fall I teamed up with California Walnuts to create some seasonally-inspired beverages! These three walnut-based drink recipes capture some of...
Culinary Inspiration
September 18, 2019

Take on Takeout with Homemade Honey Walnut Shrimp

We get it. Whether you’re shuttling the kids around from school to extracurricular activities or trying to do your grocery shopping and a yoga class...
Culinary Inspiration
September 12, 2019

Homemade Granola Bars are the Snack You’ve Been Missing

Everyone’s been there: that unfortunate time of the day when hunger creeps up on you, your stomach is growling, but you’re in the middle of...
Balanced Lifestyle
September 11, 2019

How to Pack a Lunch that Fits Your Lifestyle

Have you ever had that kind of lunch break where you’re able to decompress, release the stress of the busy morning, and have some quality...
Culinary Inspiration
September 9, 2019

6 Recipes Under-30 Minutes to Conquer Weeknight Dinners

Ever feel like the weeknight struggle is real? Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to put a balanced meal on the table that the...
Holistic Community
August 28, 2019

Chef Q&A: Eric Ernest

Meet Chef Eric Ernest, Executive Chef and Associate Director of USC Hospitality and the driving force behind its culinary vision and strategy. Prior to entering...
Holistic Community
August 28, 2019

Flavor Experience 2019

We just concluded another exciting year at the Flavor Experience conference in Newport Beach, CA with California Walnuts as a Pinnacle Sponsor. This unique industry...
Balanced Lifestyle
August 19, 2019

Power Up Breakfast with California Walnuts

You’ve probably heard the old saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” too many times to count. And while all meals are...
Culinary Inspiration
August 16, 2019

Meal Prep Ideas to Help You Get Back Into Your Routine

Planning meals in advance can save money, time, and energy, and it doesn’t have to be overly complicated or take hours to complete! With a...
Culinary Inspiration
August 14, 2019

3 Ways to Snack with Spiced Walnuts

Where will Fall take you? Football games, pumpkin patches, or even just the flurry of daily activities as school starts back up?! No matter what’s...
Culinary Inspiration
August 7, 2019

Making Your Meals Meatless

There are so many reasons to incorporate meatless meals into your life – increasing the amount of colorful fruits and vegetables in your diet, cooking...
Culinary Inspiration
August 1, 2019

Walnuts and Peaches: Summer’s Perfect Pairing

The bountiful summer season brings a decadent array of seasonal, farm-fresh fruits and so many ways to enjoy them. While peach season is in full...
Culinary Inspiration
July 30, 2019

7 Simple and Delicious Tips to Make Healthier Family Meals

It can be a daily struggle to keep the whole family eating well, especially with picky eaters in the house. Keep the whole gang happy...
Orchard Origins
July 15, 2019

6 Walnut Crafts to Try with the Kids This Summer

If you’re staring down the days of summer wondering what to do with your kids to keep them off of screens, yet entertained, the answer...
Culinary Inspiration
July 11, 2019

Walnuts and Berries: A Nutrient-Rich Power Duo

California walnuts and berries may just be most perfect food pairing ever. There, we said it. The berry sweetness and savory crunch of walnuts make...
Culinary Inspiration
June 28, 2019

The Ultimate 4th of July Celebration

The 4th of July is filled with potlucks, picnics and pool days, so celebrate the day with a spectacular spread all your friends and family...
Culinary Inspiration
June 25, 2019

2 Ways to Grill with Walnut Romesco Sauce

Fire up the BBQ for grilling season! But before you turn to the standard burgers and brats, we’ve got a new summer grilling idea for...
Holistic Community
June 20, 2019

Walnuts at the Tipping Point in Foodservice: Azar Launches Walnut Crumbles at NRA

New product alert! We are excited to partner with Azar Nuts to debut a brand-new plant-based culinary product, its nature Walnut Crumbles! Launched in Chicago...
Culinary Inspiration
June 19, 2019

Walnuts and Avocados: A Winning Combination

Avocado season is upon us! But there’s so much more to this fruit (yes, fruit) than just guacamole. We’re breaking down all the ways to...
Culinary Inspiration
June 12, 2019

Spice Up Your Snacks with These Trending Flavors

Walnuts make a fantastic snack. They’re crunchy, filling and go with just about everything. Plus, one ounce of walnuts is a powerhouse of important nutrients,...
Balanced Lifestyle
May 31, 2019

Easy Ways to Train Your Brain Daily

Whether you are 21 or 71 years old, it’s important to actively work towards maintaining your brain health. Keeping your brain in tip-top shape can...
Balanced Lifestyle
May 24, 2019

Food & Mood: Exploring the Link Between Diet and Depression

Since it’s Mental Health Awareness Month, now is the perfect time to think about the many ways we can nourish and support our own mental...
Culinary Inspiration
May 23, 2019

Your Guide to the Perfect Summer Cheese Board

Summer means picnics, parties and gathering with friends and family—all great reasons to master the art of the perfect cheese board for entertaining! Don’t be...
Culinary Inspiration
May 15, 2019

Shake up your Shakshuka with Walnut Muhammara

You might have seen shakshuka popping up on brunch menus everywhere lately and wondered what it is. For those who haven’t been curious enough to...
Culinary Inspiration
May 10, 2019

The Beginner’s Guide to the Mediterranean Diet

You’ve probably heard of the Mediterranean diet, named the top diet of 2019. In fact, according to US News and World report it has been...
Culinary Inspiration
April 29, 2019

Pint Size Chef: Mother’s Day Donut Magic

Can you name a job that requires you to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for no pay and no days off?...
Holistic Community
April 15, 2019

The Future of Product Development on Display at Natural Products Expo West

Natural Product Expo West, the largest natural and organic products event in the world, hosted 86,000 people from 136 countries last month. They all came...
Orchard Origins
March 29, 2019

How to Compost at Home

California Walnuts is a huge fan of the environment, and if you’re someone who cares about the environment too, loves to garden, or has a...
Culinary Inspiration
March 29, 2019

How to Plan an Eggstraordinary Easter Feast

Easter is almost here! So if you haven’t planned your big brunch or dinner yet, it’s time to hop to it! After the Easter baskets...
Holistic Community
March 25, 2019

Exploring Walnuts & Mental Health

More and more, consumers are looking for foods beneficial to overall wellness, including both body and mind.1 This comes at a time when the CDC...
Holistic Community
March 20, 2019

Dramatic Changes in the Eating Habits of American Millennials

According to the Department of Agriculture, in 2016, for the first time, Americans spent more of their food budget (50.2%) eating out than at home....
Balanced Lifestyle
March 1, 2019

6 Ways to Incorporate More Exercise Into Your Day

How often do you exercise? Exercising your body is one of the best things you can do to keep your health in top shape. The...
Balanced Lifestyle
February 28, 2019

5 Songs You Need to Add to Your Cooking Playlist

Every culinary adventure begins in a similar fashion. You find the perfect recipe, go to the store to get all the necessary ingredients, and you’re...
Culinary Inspiration
February 27, 2019

3 Meals Under 500 Calories

When it comes to fueling your body during a busy week, we’re often tempted to blindly reach for quick and convenient meals for lunch or...
Culinary Inspiration
February 26, 2019

Power Pairing: Walnuts + Mushrooms

Looking for a match made in culinary heaven? How about the amazing power-pair that is walnuts and mushrooms? Both are probably staples in your grocery...
Culinary Inspiration
February 1, 2019

Heart-Healthy Recipes for American Heart Month

February is famous for its emphasis on everything hearts. So this month, we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month! It’s the perfect time to...
Holistic Community
January 31, 2019

Good Fats are Back!

January will always mean the start of New Year’s resolutions, the most popular of which are losing weight and eating healthier. While this may pose...
Holistic Community
January 31, 2019

Chef Q&A: Grant Morgan

Meet Chef Grant. As the Director of F&B for Velvet Taco, he is overseeing the aggressive expansion from 9 open restaurants to 40 over the...
Culinary Inspiration
January 30, 2019

3 Simple Ways to Surprise Your Sweetheart

How do you show your love for your sweetheart when Valentine’s Day rolls around? Let us count the ways! We believe the perfect Valentine’s gift...
Culinary Inspiration
January 30, 2019

4 Must-Try Breakfast in Bed Recipes

Valentine’s Day is a fun time to celebrate with the people you love – whether it’s a romantic partner, a family member or a best...
Orchard Origins
January 22, 2019

The Walnut Growing Process

Have you ever wondered how walnuts are grown? It’s a long road from planting a walnut orchard to delivering fresh, delicious walnuts straight to your...
Orchard Origins
January 16, 2019

Starting Your Own Herb Garden is Easier Than You Think

Have you ever wanted to start your own herb garden at home, but thought it might be too difficult? Don’t worry, you don’t need a...
Balanced Lifestyle
December 21, 2018

New Year, New You? Why You Don’t Have to Reinvent Yourself in 2019

The beginning of a new year is meant to symbolize rebirth, fresh starts and reinvention, but honestly, that’s a lot of pressure to put on...
Orchard Origins
December 19, 2018

California Walnut Grower Stories – Carl Cilker, Cilker Orchards

Let’s start with talking about how you became a California walnut grower. I kind of grew up with it, as our family’s been in the...
Balanced Lifestyle
December 15, 2018

Why Vision Boards are “In” in 2019

As 2018 draws to a close, many people are reviewing the past year in preparation for the one ahead. January is famous for resolutions. But...
Culinary Inspiration
December 11, 2018

Pint Size Chef: Risotto for Rookies

Risotto is an Italian rice dish that exudes decadence with its velvety texture, and known as much for its exquisite taste as it is difficult...
Balanced Lifestyle
December 11, 2018

How to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

‘Tis the season for whipping up famed family holiday recipes and serving special, homemade holiday desserts. With so many treats surrounding us this time of...
Balanced Lifestyle
December 10, 2018

Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday

A study examining people’s stress levels during the holiday season found that 31% of Americans describe the most wonderful time of the year as “frantic.” It can...
Culinary Inspiration
November 5, 2018

6 Types of Dessert Lovers

During the holidays, most people tend to steer towards traditional dessert recipes. Pumpkin pie, fudge, gingerbread houses, and sugar cookies are all popular standbys. However,...
Culinary Inspiration
November 4, 2018

Plant-Based Eating Made Simple

As the name implies, plant-based diets simply feature more plant foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts, rather than foods from animals, such as...
Culinary Inspiration
October 24, 2018

Trick-Or-Treat Yourself

This Halloween, trick-or-treat yourself to the savory flavors of spooky season! We’re going to show you how you can turn your everyday appetizers into hauntingly...
Culinary Inspiration
October 22, 2018

Meal Prep for Beginners

There are many benefits to meal prep. Planning meals in advance saves you valuable time throughout the week, but also allows you to carefully consider...
Culinary Inspiration
October 12, 2018

Power Pair: Walnuts + Pears

Walnuts and pears make great partners for sweet and savory recipes alike. They complement each other beautifully due to their opposing, yet balancing features. Whether...
Culinary Inspiration
September 23, 2018

Getting Creative with Fall Flavors

September is arguably one of the most beautiful months of the year, especially as the sun-soaked days of summer give way to fall. From Labor...
Culinary Inspiration
August 26, 2018

Why The Food Bowl Trend is Here to Stay

From grain to buddha to macro, poke and acai, meals in bowls are all the rage. Quick, versatile and packed with nutrients, there are endless...
Culinary Inspiration
August 23, 2018

3 More Reasons to Break Out the BBQ this Summer

Summer is here and that means BBQ season! There’s something about cooking food outdoors that makes it taste better. But, grilling isn’t limited to meat-based...
Culinary Inspiration
July 14, 2018

Sweet Summer Treats to Help Beat the Heat

During these sweltering summer days, we’re all about anything that will help us stay cool. And since it’s plenty hot outside, we prefer to keep...
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