We all have heard about the marvelous health benefits of almonds. Not only are they high in protein and calcium, but also high in monounsaturated fat, the same healthy fats found in olive oil, which are associated with reducing your risk of heart disease. Research has proven that almonds can reduce your total cholesterol levels, and lower the LDL levels (bad cholesterol). This notorious nut is also a great source of potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, and antioxidants. With all this in mind, have you ever tried almond butter?
Almond butter is made just the way peanut butter is made, by crushing whole almonds. It comes with a layer of oil on the top that needs to be mixed in before you eat it. I microwave the opened jar for about 10-15 seconds first, before mixing it up.
Almond butter has a uniquely sweet flavor, like marzipan mixed with peanut butter. Speaking of peanuts, people allergic to peanuts can usually have almond butter with no reaction because almonds are nuts, and not related to peanuts, which are legumes.
Look for almond butter in both creamy and crunchy varieties, as well as salted and unsalted. I think almond butter is just so delicious, and the health benefits are just an added bonus. The only downside about almond butter is that it doesn't come cheap.
Fit's Tips: If you're a peanut butter lover, try using almond butter instead. It's great on toast, or spread on apples for a healthy snack. Want a really decadent treat? Try spreading some almond butter on a piece of dark chocolate. It's the perfect ending to a great meal.