They’re healthy, delicious and free of dairy, plus you can be really creative with them in meal preparation. Here are five other things you can do with nut butters.
- 1. Cream Up Your Soup
A dash of nut butter when making your favorite soup is a quick way to give it creaminess it might lack since you’re not using any dairy. The nut flavour can also give it a sweet richness.
- 2. Make Oats Interesting
If you enjoy oats in the mornings, you can give it a bit of a nice twist by scooping in some nut butter. This is a fun way to make it a little more delicious. You can also add in some fruit for a slice of decadence.
- 3. Create a Sweet Dip
Add a nut butter (instead of peanut butter) to yogurt. This is a delicious sweet treat that you can enjoy on its own, with fruit, or on pancakes. You could also use nut butter in your favorite hummus dip as a tahini substitute to give it that extra special taste sensation. Feeling like a snack? Simply dip slices of apple or celery into nut butter for a quick on-the-go nutritious treat.
- 4. Go Nuts for Pesto
Pesto is always delicious but you can give it a tasty spin with almond butter. Simply add it to your mixture of garlic and chopped herbs. It’s a good alternative instead of using cheese.
- 5. Treat Yourself to Stir-Fry
Nut butters are great in a stir-fry because what makes a stir-fry so great is the sauce you use. Here is a recipe you must try the next time you feel like throwing together a delicious dinner.
Some Interesting Nut Butter Benefits:
- 1. They’re good for your heart. Since they contain the good fats we need, nut butters can lower bad cholesterol and decrease the chance of getting heart disease.
- 2. Walnut butter is rich in omega-3s. These have anti-inflammatory characteristics, so they’re especially good for you if you suffer from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
- 3. Almond butter has Vitamin E that is good for your skin and heart.
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