Nut's n' Butters

by Amie on January 23, 2009

Nut’s n’ Butters

Today I had the pleasure of having a nice mixture of nuts and nut butters….My day started off watching the Today Show and sipping on my green tea while adding numerous nuts to my morning steal cut oatmeal…I used walnuts and almonds…mmm..it was delish! I continued my nut day during lunch where I had approx. 1/4 cup walnuts, peanuts, and slivered almonds (lots of these…definitely more than the 1/4 cup…they were divine…I sprinkled these over my beautiful rainbow of veggies consisting of green beans, fresh red peppers, chickpeas, artichokes, broccoli, and spinach….the nuts made the meal! Around 4:00 I was thinking about how tasty my nuts were earlier today and decided to have an apple and a pear with cashew butter spread on top. This got me thinking….how much I love nuts and nut butters….yummm…
A great source of energy, nuts are an easy way to include healthy fats, crunch and rich flavor.  There are numerous ways to use nuts in your everyday diet:
  • Make pesto by grinding garlic, spices, oil, and fresh herbs
  • Spinkle on warm cereals and yogurts
  • Grind to use as a crust on roasted chicken/fish/tofu
  • Grind and blend with leftover grains and/or cooked lentils to form meatless burgers and meatless balls
  • Roast, then add to veggies, salads, and pastas
  • Roasted or raw, a great snack on-the-go

Nuts that I enjoy: (Dry Roasted/Unsalted)

  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Soy Nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Pistachios
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Cashews
  • Macadamia
  • Pecans

Nut Butters that I just can’t get enough of:

  • Almond Butter
  • Organic Peanut Butter (Smooth and Chunky)…There’s a time and a place for both
  • Cashew Butter

Nuts help build the body and have a grounding effect.  Nuts are rich in nutrients and minerals such as Selenium and Vitamin E, as well as a great source of high-quality fatty acids.

I tend to keep all of my nuts in the freezer, which I feel keeps them fresh and tasty.

I love the fullness that Nuts and Nut Butters give my body….whether it’s a few handfuls of nuts as a mid-day snack or a nice nut butter spread on my crackers/toast/ in my oatmeal…it always seems to add the perfect touch and leave me pleasantly satisfied…

During these winter months I love using nuts and nut butters…I often roast nuts in my oven as well as cook chicken dishes using nut butters….simply add 2-3 Tbsp.’s of your favorite nut butter to a chicken/pork/tofu dish while it is on the stove so that your mixture will get warm and smooth and will easily coat the chicken like a marinade. I like to add the nut butter, balsamic vinegar, chili powder, and cinnamon in a small bowl…stir until mixed completely and pour into hot skillet with cooked chicken….cook for another few minutes until your chicken/port/tofu is completely coated…then add sesame seeds and/or fresh basil…

This dish is delish and if you are in need of a warm, tasty meal – I suggest purchasing some nut butters…there is a vast array in local health food stores as well as your local food stores…experiment with a few different flavors and get creative! Everything from a nut butter sandwich to savory salmon in the oven with a nut butter sauce…mmm…if your mouth isn’t watering yet…it will by the time the oven timer is up!

Enjoy!

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