Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Walnut Butter

Nuts and seeds are an essential part of a whole foods diet. Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, protein, vitamins and minerals: walnuts prove to be extra special among nuts as they are one of the few sources of our vitally important Omega-3 fatty acids. These are highly anti-inflammatory fatty acids that promote heart health, immune function, and brain quality. Eating walnuts can decrease your cancer risk, regulate blood sugar levels, and lower total blood cholesterol. They are not only delicious but extremely healthy and should become part of your regular diet. Nut butters are an excellent way to add nuts into your diet. Walnut butter is creamy and rich, slightly sweet and perfectly satisfying. You can buy nut butters at your local health food store. If you have a masticating juicer, like the Champion, nut butters are easy to make and you will save quite a bit of money.

Making walnut butter:
-Start with organic raw walnuts
-Soak them for at least 8 hours for easier digestion
-Drain and push through the juicer with the blank screen in place
-Pack in a jar and keep refrigerated

Fresh walnut butter spread on toast with fresh fruit is a great way to start your day. Make walnut butter and jelly sandwiches instead of the usual peanut butter. Apple and banana slices are delicious with walnut butter for a perfect snack. Even celery and carrots pair great with walnut butter. The possibilities are endless, get creative and try other nut butters like almond or pecan!

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