It’s a butter that can help you lose weight. Sounds nuts, right? Well, two things you need to know at the outset about almond butter is that:

  1. It contains no butter
  2. It may be creamy and delicious but it’s also great for weight loss.

Almond butter, a paste with almond, salt and oil (see recipe below), contains vitamins, minerals and good fats. It’s high on protein, and can help lower cholesterol. Most importantly, because almonds are nutrient dense, even a spoonful can give you a huge energy boost that lasts through the day.

One of the reasons why nutritionists are recommending almond butter over other spreads like peanut butter, etc today is because its fat content is more heart healthy and it doesn’t contain too much salt as well. But it does contain a good amount of fat, so make sure you don’t have more than a tablespoon a day (One tablespoon = 99-100 calories).

The easiest way to eat almond butter is to spread it on a piece of whole wheat bread, biscuit, raw vegetable sticks or fruit. It is also a healthy addition to a chocolate or fruit smoothie, giving it a creamier texture, thicker consistency and nuttier flavor. Almond butter also goes well with soups made of pumpkin and carrot.

In India, ready-to-eat almond butter isn’t easily available. But there’s a quick and simple way to make it at home. Check out our recipe:

Almond Butter 

Ingredients

2 cups almonds, roasted

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt to taste

Method
  1. Almond butter tastes best when the almonds are roasted, so either buy roasted almonds or roast them at home. If you choose the latter option, preheat the oven to 150 degrees centigrade, spread the almonds on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. Stir them around to ensure the nuts roast evenly. Cool before blitzing.
  1. To make the butter, blend all the ingredients together, adding salt to taste, for about 5-10 minutes or until you get a smooth and creamy texture. Honey, chocolate, vanilla essence and cinnamon are some other flavours you can add as they all pair well. Store in a closed jar.

 

 

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Written by Alpa Momaya

Alpa Momaya

You are what you eat, believes Alpa Momaya. So with the right diet, anyone can achieve optimal mental, physical and spiritual health.

Alpa has first-hand knowledge of this – she battled various issues with her own health and weight, but by incorporating good eating habits and regular exercise, she has reclaimed her fitness levels today. She offers the advice she took to HealthifyMe users — make the right lifestyle choices daily, sticking to a nutritious diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep. Don’t think of it as having to solve a problem, instead see it as a way to achieve long and happy life.

After a PG diploma in dietetics from Mumbai University, Alpa did a diploma in holistic nutrition in Canada and is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner today. Along with having worked in various weight-loss clinics and as a consultant for a natural pharmacy, she’s helped her family control ailments like diabetes and hypertension, and hopes to help her HealthifyMe clients do the same. “I can proudly say my daughter happily eats any vegetable or fruit without ever making a face,” Alpa claims, and she is determined that those who consult her will go back similarly impressed.

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