Completely NUTS

We all have that one craving that we love and have to have most days and for me it is nut butter’s… yes you read correctly, almond butter, macadamia, hazelnut butter, cashew butter and of course PEANUT BUTTER!!!

The past few days I’ve been experimenting with making my own.

I’ve made Hazelnut butter 

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It’s all natural and completely delicious!!

I also made peanut butter with nuts that were completely skinless and roasted for a very short while and added a little bit of raw honey.

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I also made a dark roasted peanut butter with cinnamon and raisins…Beyond delicious!!

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And I won’t stop making and trying new recipes because I absolutely love nut butters and I’m ok with being considered nuts (obvious pun).

For those of you who also enjoy nuts and delicious spreads, I thought I’d let you know how nuts can benefit you and enjoy a healthy addiction.

Packed with protein, fiber and essential fats, nuts are one of this season’s best buys. A portion of about 30g of unsalted nuts makes a vitality-boosting snack and contributes a mix of valuable vitamins and minerals. If you’re worried about fat content, you’re not wrong but nuts are high in fat, but much of it is the heart-healthy variety. Let me share a little more.

Almonds

If you avoid dairy, calcium-rich almonds are a good choice to ensure you’re getting enough of this bone-building mineral. Almonds are high in vitamin E, a nutrient which helps to improve the condition and appearance of your skin. Swap flaked almonds for the whole nut with the skin intact because it contains compounds called flavonoids which are good for your heart.

Brazil nuts

This large, delicious nut is ideal for those with low thyroid function due to them containing the mineral selenium, which we need to produce the active thyroid hormone. Selenium also supports immunity and helps wounds to heal. You only need three or four Brazil nuts a day to get all the selenium you require.

Cashews

This delicious nut contributes a good level of protein and is a useful source of minerals like iron and zinc. Cashews make an excellent choice if you’re following a vegetarian diet. They’re very rich in the mineral magnesium, which is thought to delay, age-related memory loss. Add a handful to a vegetarian stir-fry or use as a nut butter (of course) on crackers or bread.

Chestnuts

This particular nut has the lowest fat and calories. Chestnuts are rich in starchy carbohydrates and fiber, and in their raw form they are a good source of vitamin C. They’re lower in protein than other nuts but are a useful contribution of B vitamins including B6. Ground chestnut flour can be used as gluten-free flour for cakes and bakes, or buy fresh and roast for a tasty snack.

Hazelnuts

Go for hazelnuts if you’re concerned about high levels of homocysteine- an amino acid which has been associated with heart problems as well as conditions like Parkinsons. Hazelnuts are a good source of folate, which is crucial in keeping levels of homocysteine normal.

Macadamias

Macadamias are often used to add flavour and texture to dishes and work well in both savory and sweet recipes. Although this nut has the highest fat content they do supply good levels of the healthy mono-unsaturated variety. They’re a rich source of fiber and make a useful contribution of minerals including magnesium, calcium and potassium.

Pecans

This heart-friendly nut is packed with plant sterols, valuable compounds that are effective at lowering cholesterol levels. Pecans are also antioxidant-rich which helps prevent the plaque formation that causes hardening of the arteries. They’re rich in oleic acid, (healthy fats also found in olives and avocado). Pecans are a great option if you’re feeling fatigued because it contains vitamin B3 which helps us access the energy in our food.

Pistachios

This nut is extremely rich in vitamin B6, which is important for keeping hormones balanced and healthy, pistachios are a good option for those with problems in their menstrual cycle. They’re the only nut to contain reasonable levels of lutein and zeaxanthin which are antioxidants that play an important role in protecting the eyes. Pistachios also contain potassium and fiber.

Walnuts

Walnuts have superior antioxidant content which means they are are useful in the fight against cancer. They’re also a good source of mono-unsaturated, heart-healthy fats, and studies suggest they help to lower the bad form of cholesterol. Finally, they’re rich in omega-3, so they’re a great alternative if you don’t eat oily fish.

Peanuts

This nut has the highest levels of folate along with many other B vitamins and minerals. It is high protein which makes it a great snack for vegetarians. This nut is actually considered to be a legume (like beans and chick peas) and is a ground nut as opposed to other nuts that grow in trees. AND is tastes great on almost anything, even a teaspoon 😉

This is my healthy addiction and I’ll be posting recipes of all things nutty that we CRAVE!!

By: SabrinaCrave