A squirrel floated down from the sky. On his way down he noticed large walnuts instead of clouds. He couldn’t resist them. They were delicious. The squirrel saw that he was falling into a world of wonderful texture. It was a creamy and shiny land that continued to mold into his every wish. A wonderful nut buttered snowman was smiling at him as he extended his arms to catch him. That is what one wants to experience, even if it is just secretly while eating the perfect nut butter.
Butter: The Nutty Frontier
There is a lot to explore when it comes to nut butters. The one that is most popular is of course peanut butter, but why stop there? There are so many tasty variations available, like almond and cashew butter. Plus, it gives you an alternative if you have peanut allergies. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology estimates that around 400,000 children are allergic to peanuts in the United States alone, but do not fret, nut butter and jelly sandwiches are still well within reach.
What Can You Find In Nuts?
In most nuts you can find healthy proteins, healthful fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The American Cancer society actually found that phytochemicals, which are found in nuts, can also help prevent cancer among those who consume it. UC Berkeley has done some research that suggests that nuts can also help to balance cholesterol levels. What if you are allergic to all nuts? You can give seed butter or soy butter a shot. They taste similar to many nut butters and have great benefits as well, such as having a higher percentage of protein with a much lower percentage of fat.
Bulk The Nut
If you are beginning to experiment with nuts or seeds, then perhaps it is time to consider making your nut or seed butters from home. It will be much healthier, fresher, and you will be aware of the ingredients your family will be consuming. Store bought butters may be good, but may also have added sugars, artificial flavors and who knows what else. This may not be too healthy for your family. Why not play it safe? Why not buy quality nuts or seeds in bulk and butter it up at home? Nuts can last a while, so it’s always better to buy in bulk and just store it.
You will find out when you start making your own nut butter that there a lot of possibilities. You can really get creative with the process. If you have kids, they can join in as well. There is no better way to join that squirrel in his nut-buttery world than tasting homemade nut butter. It is not as fattening as other products out there. It can make snacking a much easier and healthier task. This could alleviate those who do not love cooking and give people a new delicious ingredient to mess around with in the kitchen. This raw nut-butter-making-process truly has benefits for everyone.
Today’s post was provided by Thomas Jay, blogger for New Urban Farms. Thomas is an avid blogger who lives in Orlando, Florida. He is a sports fanatic and lover of all foods.