Wellness: The Nut Butter Breakdown

Almond butter slathered on top of crisp apple slices or a little peanut butter swirled into my hot morning oatmeal are some of my favorite things to eat. Nut butters are everywhere these days and have been clearly growing in popularity within the food world. You’ve got peanut, almond, sunflower, cashew, and even brazil nut and hazelnut butter. Pretty much put any nut/seed into a food processor and you’ve got             butter. Since the most relevant and well-known right now are almond, sunflower and peanut, I’m going to break them down for those who want to know more about their basic nutrition and how exactly you are feeding your body next time you eat one of them below. Honestly I was really curious because I’d never known the real difference either, so here we are haha.

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The consensus

All of these guys, especially sunflower seed butter, contain good, monounsaturated fats. These are great for lowering bad cholesterol while raising the good, and they are amazing for overall brain + cognitive function since our brain is mostly made up of fats. In regards to which one is the best for you overall health-wise, I’d say it just depends. All of them have healthy amounts of protein, fat and carbs, along with other things such as Vitamin E and selenium, just different amounts depending on the butter. Personally, I believe Almond butter to be overall #1 because of it’s percentages of magnesium, calcium, and iron, while also maintaining the pretty similar levels of fat and calories with the other two. Taste-wise, the winner hands down goes to sunflower seed butter.

Remember: When you buy your next nut/seed butter make sure to buy it in it’s most pure form. Aka: little to no additives. Those tend to sneak in there among certain brands and it just adds to the calorie/sugar intake that you didn’t ask for!

 

Recipe: Turmeric Oatmeal

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I came back from Mammoth on Sunday and woke up Monday with a hor.ri.ble cold, so I was trying to figure out something that was both warming and anti-inflammatory that I could eat for breakfast. First thing that came to mind was of course oatmeal, and then regarding something with inflammatory-fighting powers I thought duh, turmeric. At first it sounded super weird to me but then I thought about how good I could make this with some added honey and other spices to tone down the intensity of the turmeric.

I ended up adding some adaptogens to manage any unwanted stress, as well as chia seeds, bee pollen, and almond butter for some protein. ANYWAYS, it turned out being SO bombbb and I highly recommend trying it out especially for those colder days! 

OATS:

turmeric-oatmeal

TOPPINGS:

Sprinkle of Black Pepper (helps the absorption of the Turmeric by about 200% !)

Bee Pollen

Pomegranate seeds

Almond Butter

Chia Seeds

Drizzle of Honey

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Added a little bit of maca powder to the oatmeal for some extra nutritional boost- completely optional
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Dat thick thick good gooood

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SO thick and good and filling and tasty. Ugh. That is all.

Recipe: Simple Ground Turkey

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So much flavor, so little time (actually though because it literally takes about 8 minutes total to throw this deliciousness together..)

This recipe is fitting I guess since Thanksgiving was yesterday after all…(didn’t even think about that haha) SO I hope this might be a little easier than roasting an entire turkey…

I’m still nibbling on this as a quick snack throughout the day and it’s getting better and better as the days go by in my opinion…

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What you’ll need:

  • Ground Turkey
  • Spices: Italian seasoning, dried oregano, salt/pepper, lemon pepper, cumin
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Handful of baby tomatoes, red/yellow peppers, chives

How to make:

  • Drizzle big pan with olive oil
  • Throw in the entire pack of ground turkey first since this will take longer to cook than the veggies
  • Season the turkey with the spices listed (I put extra cumin in for a little more kick) and mix.
  • Throw in the chopped veggies and mix again.
  • Let it all sizzle and cook, while simultaneously chopping up the turkey as you go so it remains as little separated chunks.

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^All the juices and flavors really come out after a few minutes of cooking. Also, don’t mind the mess I made on the stove…Clean cooking is overrated though let’s be real.

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I threw it over a bed of lettuce with: avocado, beets, feta, and hot pickled carrots/onions and lemon!!

so.simple. SO. GOOD.

Just throw onto salads, lettuce wraps, or eat it on its own as a side dish! I like to eat it with some Cholula or mustard on its own. YUM.