Almond butter is a hot commodity for health seekers looking to expand their palate horizons. Of all the nut butters on the shelves, consider almond butter the cream of the crop for its laundry list of potential health benefits and nutrient-dense properties.
Almonds qualify as Nutrisystem PowerFuels™ for their high protein and healthy fat content. These factors can aid in weight loss by balancing your blood sugar and staving off hunger. Almonds are also high in Vitamin E, an antioxidant that can do wonders for your skin and hair, fight free radicals within the body and protect against aging. The fatty acid component found in almonds can also work double-time as an anti-inflammatory agent and cholesterol reducer. As if that weren’t enough, the fiber content in almonds can aid in digestion, the riboflavin may boost brain activity, and the potassium can help you maintain a healthy blood pressure.
Almond butter is rich in energy-boosting nutrients like manganese, riboflavin and copper, making it the perfect pairing for a snack that keeps you feeling fueled throughout the day. Try spreading it on toast, using it as a dip for apple slices and celery, or in your next baking venture or smoothie recipe. If you’re on the Nutrisystem weight loss program, one tablespoon of almond butter makes a great PowerFuel option. So, bust out the blender and go nuts with this simple, at-home recipe for a make your own almond butter, which yields about one cup of the creamy stuff:
2 cups dry-roasted, unsalted almonds
Sea salt, to taste
1. Add almonds to blender or food processor and blend, periodically stopping to scrape the sides of the blender. Helpful hint: The whole process should take about 10 minutes in total, depending on equipment used. The contents will be grainy at first but as the mixing process continues, the almonds will release their oils, creating a rich and creamy substance.
2. Add sea salt to taste, a little at a time, and continue to blend.
3. (Optional) Boost the flavor and health benefits by adding the ingredients below.
4. Store in an airtight jar and refrigerate.
Spice it up, literally.
Mix in some cinnamon for an antioxidant all-star, turmeric for an anti-inflammatory heavyweight, or nutmeg for possible pain relief and digestive health benefits.