Nut butters are a healthy and delicious option for snacks and sandwiches. Whether you choose raw organic almond, walnut or hazelnut butter or opt for a healthy home-made peanut butter there are many health benefits one has from eating macadamia or cashew nut butter, raw almond and other nut butters. This article takes a look at some of the best uses for almond butter, so that you can enjoy this healthy and delicious treat everyday without getting bored.
Almond butter to reduce bad cholesterol
Add to porridge or oatmeal Many people are put off almond butter because, like peanut butter it is high in calories. Nuts like almonds and macadamias contain a large percentage of fat which contributes to the calorific nature of nuts, and of nut butters. However, you should not be afraid to eat plenty of nut butter as part of a balanced diet. All the fats in almonds are healthy fats which will benefit your general well-being and help to reduce cholesterol. Try adding a spoonful of almond butter to your morning porridge or oatmeal to boost your stocks of good fats and vitamin E for glowing skin everyday. Spread on oatcakes If you get the mid-morning or afternoon munchies, almond butter on crackers or oatcakes can be a great way to satisfy your cravings without turning to unhealthy snacks such as chocolate or biscuits. Because nuts and nut butters are high in protein, they will help to keep you feeling fuller for longer and reduce snacking in the long-term. Oatcakes are a great vehicle for almond butter and other nut butters as they contain slow release energy, which also helps to keep hunger at bay. In addition, oat-based products are thought to help to reduce levels of bad cholesterol in the blood, hence keeping you healthy.
Other great ideas
Almond butter as a dip for crudités For those of you trying to go low-carb, or simply struggling to get your five-a-day, why not spread your almond butter on fruits or vegetables. Nut butters taste fantastic teamed with sliced apple as well as with sticks of celery, cucumber and carrot for a delicious healthy snack. Almond butter on toast A slight variation on the traditional PBJ, almond butter tastes great on wholemeal toast and makes the ideal breakfast, or light lunch. Top with chopped banana to give you a filling potassium boost and help you on your way to five-a-day.