More and more, awareness of what’s nutritious and what we should avoid eating is being published in different sources for us to take a conscious decision about what we put in our bodies. And more importantly, for me at least, what we are teaching our children to put into their bodies. Making a lifestyle change when it comes to eating, and not going for fad diets is a sure way to maintain positive changes in our body, and live a healthy… and longer life. Even though you guys know how much I love cooking, and how much I may love bacon, butter and chocolate… and while I still use all these things to make goodies at home every now and then, we opted for changing how we eat at home, especially during the weekdays. One of the things we keep around for a quick snack, are nut butters, which I make myself. I decided to try this mixed nut butter, which is great on toast with a little jam (which I also make at home), or by itself. You can use any combination you like, the possibilities are endless. I chose macadamia, cashews and peanuts for this particular mix.
Nut butters provide protein, healthy fats and antioxidants. When mixing different types of nuts, you can take advantage of their different benefits. For example, almonds strengthens bones and helps maintain muscle and nerve function, making it ideal for athletes. Cashews are rich in B vitamins, which boost metabolism, increase skin and muscle tone, enhance the immune and nervous systems, and promote cellular health. I read somewhere that macadamia nuts are one of the only food sources that contain palmitoleic acid (a type of monounsaturated fatty acid that may speed up fat metabolism, which reducing the body’s ability to store fat).
So, I do recommend you try making nut butter at home, it’s easy and healthy.
Mixed Nut Butter
A Foodies’ Kitchen Original Recipe
1 cup peanuts
1 cup cashews
1 cup macadamia nuts
1 teaspoon oil (vegetable, not olive oil)
1 teaspoon salt
1-2 tablespoons honey (optional)
- Combine nuts and salt in a food processor. Process until smooth, it will take a few minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl every now and then to make sure everything gets properly processed.
- If the mixture seems too thick, add a little bit of vegetable oil to smooth it out. If you are using honey, add it at this point.
- Transfer to a jar, and keep in the refrigerator.
You can read more about the procedure from our almond butter post.
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