Nut Butters Spread Further than Toast
Nut and seed butters are healthy and nutritious foods, rich in good fats, protein, and fibre. Indeed, the good fats they contain help reduce blood cholesterol levels while the proteins keep you satiated until snack time.
We love them on bread, since they are as good for your health as they are delicious. In fact, your first reflex will be to spread a generous portion on your toast. Go ahead, they're that good!
However, there are many other ways to integrate nut butters into your diet that will perk up your snacks and lunches. Here are a few that could revolutionize your meals.
Succulent Praline Desserts
What do you get when you mix a frozen banana, hazelnut butter, and chocolate fondue? A healthy praline sundae! Not only will you satisfy your sweet tooth with a lactose-free ice cream treat, but you will also savour a nourishing dessert filled with vitamins.
Not a fan of frozen desserts? Stir a few tablespoons of hazelnut butter into your favourite chocolate mousse recipe. Your tastebuds – not to mention those of your guests – will be forever grateful.
(See recipe for Hazelnut-Chocolate Mousse with Proactivchia-Berry Jam)
Great Soft Cookies
Swap the traditional peanut butter for your favourite nut butter. Whether you decide to go for the classic hazelnut-chocolate combination or to invent your own recipe, the possibilities are virtually unlimited.
Try walnut butter with a hint of orange zest and a handful of cranberries in apple juice, or opt for almond butter with dried apricots. Who knows, maybe you will find THE cookie recipe that will delight your taste buds with every bite.
( See recipe for Vegan Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Nut Cookies)
A Simple and Nourishing Spread
Many people fail to include protein in their snacks. Don't make that mistake! Proteins and fats are essential to keep you in top shape until your next meal. Need ideas? It takes only a few slices of fresh fruit, a little nut butter, and … voila!
A Hearty Breakfast
Reinvent the mainstay oatmeal by adding a tablespoon of nut butter, a dollop of maple syrup (for your sweet tooth), and some dried fruit. You will enjoy a complete breakfast, tasty and nourishing. Add a little soy milk and all the food groups will be represented.
(See recipe for Overnight Oatmeal)
If your stomach is tempermental, causing you to neglect breakfast, you could remedy the situation by concocting a delicious smoothie to get the day off to a healthy start.
Your smoothie should consist of a liquid (juice or vegetable milk) and fruit (either fresh or frozen). You just have to add a little knob of nut butter and turn on the blender. Again, the possibilities are endless and the only limit to your creativity is your imagination. You can always download our beautifully illustrated Smoothie Chart if you need inspiration.
So, you see? Nut butter – it goes much further than a piece of toast!
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