Why you should you be eating Nut Butter!

Check out below for the reasons why you should be eating nut butter. What that is listed is only the start of the amazing benefits from eating nut butter, what is better is the yummy things you can do with it!

Almonds in a heart shape

1. Endless Combinations of Flavour

 There is such an array of nut butter combinations to find in shops or whip up and the best part is getting to taste test all of them! Check out some of my creations, salted caramel almond butter, peanut coconut butter or vanilla fig with cinnamon almond butter.

2. Healthy Fats in Nut Butter

 Nut butters are full of healthy fats, and healthy fats are good for heart health and almond butter is an even better choice. The butters tend to be rich in both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs and PUFAs). Both are known to decrease cholesterol and triglyce
ride levels, lowering the risk of heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. These are the same types of fats found in avocado and hummus, these are the good fats don’t let the name fool you!

blueberries on toast with nut butter

3. Renergise your Meals

 Nut butters can be used in everything! They taste amazing in sweet and in savoury foods. Want to jazz up that morning porridge? Scoop some in your oats for to recreate one of my favorite recipes, Almond Butter Chocolate Banana Oatmeal or add it to a stir fry to get that fabulous nutty flavour we all love in a satay.

 

4. Build Lean Muscle

 Nut butters are packed with plant protein, so next time you’re blending up a post-workout smoothie, opt to blend with 2 tablespoons of your fav almond butter, macadamia butter, peanut butter or cashew butter in doing this you can help increase lean muscle mass.

 

5. Help Renourish your Hair

 Nut butters are a really simple way to get vitamin E, which is needed for: Beautiful eyes, skin, and an immunity boost! You will find almonds are full of biotin which helps give you beautiful healthy hair.

 

6. Stablise your Blood Sugar Levels 

Research published by the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism revealed that a breakfast containing almonds can aid in stabilising blood sugar levels for the rest of the day. You might notice that when your blood sugar is steady you will have more energy, therefore less likely to give in to food cravings. You will notice a lot of the recipes use almonds because according to Keri Gans author of The Small Change Diet, almond butter is the variety that will give you the most bang for your buck. “Per serving it has one of the least amounts of calories, it’s a good source of protein, and the most fibre of the all nut butters,”. A serving of almonds has 6 grams of protein, and when snacking on almonds, portion control is key. One serving of almonds is 23 almonds, which equals 1 ounce, ¼ cup or about 1 handful. To see how we made healthy snacks check out my salted caramel almond nut butter recipe 

Strawberries being dipped in nut butter

7. Not your plain old snack!

Finally, it tastes so damn good. Nut butters are perfect for satiation: that means staying satisfied. So if you’re on the go, grab a spoonful, throw some in your smoothie, top off your oats with a scoop or dip your apple slices in the stuff.

 

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