Nutty About Nut Butters
By Leanne Ely, CNC
One of the great joys of life is nut butter: peanut butter maybe, but almond butter, cashew butter, and macadamia butter are dreams come true. It’s great on top of almost everything. On toast or whole grain waffles in the morning, on sandwiches or celery in the afternoon, and on top of just a small bit of dark chocolate for a little after dinner treat. The natural fats and oils from each of those nuts are what transform them into a buttery spread when they’re ground.
Nut butters can turn an apple into the perfect snack as there is fat and a good bit of protein in there. Now your apple will keep you fueled until the next meal without going hungry for hours.
If you’re wondering which nut butter is the healthiest, the award would have to be handed to almond butter because it has a bunch of fiber, protein, and calcium. It’s also my favorite because it has the smoothest taste with a very subtle sweetness. It’s a fantastic compliment with bread, berries, and sometimes just plain off the spoon!
Before you go to the store and buy a jar of cheap peanut butter, keep in mind that those are usually full of added sugars, salt, and hydrogenated fats you do not need to be giving your body. Find the natural and organic nut butters and always check the ingredients to make sure there aren’t unnecessary additives.
If you really want fresh nut butter, check out your closest health food store and grind your own! It’s incredibly tasty, and if you take your kids, they’ll think it’s really cool!
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