Everyone loves spiced almonds … why not spiced almond butter? It turns out nut butter isfantastic toasted and spiced. This would also be amazing thinned out with almond milk or other liquid and used as a sauce
1 C almonds
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 sea salt
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spread almonds evenly across a baking sheet and toast in oven for 10-12 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
- Place almonds into blender, and blend until it turns into a paste. Scrape down the sides as needed.
- Add spices and continue blending until smooth and … butter-like.
- Transfer to an airtight container. Lick bowl. Store butter in the refrigerator.
I’m all about making dietary decisions that reflect your lifestyle and for some people, that lifestyle includes a sweet tooth that just won’t quit. Example: ME.
Mmmmmm…. sugar. I love it, I love it, I love it.
While yummy, sweet fruits & yogurts can help, sometimes we can’t seem to shake our addiction to the simple, yet complex, dangling carrot that is sugar.
Now, you’ll see plenty of extreme lifestylers who will tell you that sugar is poison, lethal etc. They compare it to toxins like nicotine or anthrax. It’s not. But is it healthy? Not according to your body. Sugar has no nutritional value. None. It DOES cause sharp fluctuations in blood sugar levels (which is why we crave it when we’re tired). Those sharp fluctuations cause ultimately lead to….
- Weight gain
- Stronger cravings for sugary & carbohydrate foods
When I say sugar ‘addiction’, I’m talking about a dependence on it’s taste & the effects it produces in the body. If thinking about drinking your coffee black, or giving up chocolate chip cookies makes you anxious, you might be affected.
Some people, in an effort to reduce calories, will turn to artificial sweeteners, some of which can be quite processed and full of chemicals. While they are free of sugar calories, they have similar effects on the body to real sugar, including fatigue & cravings for sweet foods & carbs. There are other natural sweeteners that you can use that will not only satisfy your sweet tooth, but give you a nutritional edge. Enter agave.
What is Agave?