5 ways to incorporate Almond Butter into your diet
Almonds are a delicious tree nut, often described as one of nature’s healthiest foods. They’re packed with protein, heart-healthy fats and fibre. Almonds offer a good source of important minerals and vitamins. Some of these include:
• Vitamins B2 (Riboflavin)
• Vitamin B9 (Folate)
Forty Thieves 100% Almond Butter is made from whole non-GMO almonds grown in South Australia. Our nuts are dry-roasted with their skins intact to create a full flavoured, textured butter packed with fibre and antioxidants. Because it’s available in a jumbo-sized 500g jar, nut butter lovers can take advantage of more savings and less packaging.
The magic happens on the Hibiscus Coast but you’ll spot the Forty Thieves team all over Auckland hosting tasting sessions in stores or selling jars at markets. One of the most common questions we’re getting asked is “How do I use Almond Butter at home?” While spreading onto warm toast and topping with sliced bananas is a sure favourite, there are plenty of other great ways to incorporate Almond Butter into your meals. Get inspired with these 5 delicious ways:
1. Almond Milk
Making your own Almond Milk at home from Almond Butter takes only a few minutes and will save money. If you take a look at the ingredients of any store bought Almond Milk, you might be surprised to find that there is only around 2.5% almonds inside. Most of the carton is actually just water and may also include a number of unnecessary ingredients such as emulsifiers, preservatives or flavour enhancers. Making it yourself is super simple; just blend together a tablespoon of Forty Thieves Almond Butter with a glass of water. Added benefits include less waste (jars are recyclable vs plastic cartons.) It’s healthier too as you end up consuming the whole almond rather without doing away with the fibre.
In Mediterranean and Middle Eastern diets, salads are rarely a side dish or garnish and more often the star of the show. Take a similar attitude to your salads by creating a flavoursome dressing that will take any combination of vegetables to new heights. Rather than opting for a store-bought bottle that’s packed with sugar, preservatives and other nasties, get creative and mix up your own.
A true favourite amongst the team is baking and preparing protein-packed sweet treats and desserts. Think bliss balls, slices or even brownies! You’ll see a common theme in this list and in our recipes too – we are all about trying to reduce the amount of sugar consumed in every meal and even more importantly, eliminating preservatives, gums and other additives that have crept their way into nearly all conventional confectionery. By making your own, you can choose what goes in as your treat won’t have to travel halfway across the world and sit in a warehouse for months (if not a year!) before you consume it.
I often find myself flavouring veggies and meat with the same sauces and spices that I’m comfortable using. Almond Butter is a fantastic base ingredient for creating new delicious rubs, marinades or pestos. Try combining Almond Butter with fresh herbs, crushed garlic and lemon juice to baste roasted chicken breast, or mix through gnocchi. Alternatively, serve it with crusty sourdough the next time you have guests over.