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Almond, Chia Seed and Hemp Seed Butter -- oh my Delicious!

May 17, 2016
HCG Diet Phase III Almond butter with hemp and chia seeds!
HCG Diet Phase III Almond butter with hemp and chia seeds!

Almond Butter Super Charged with Hemp and Chia Seeds

For years, almond butter has been a staple for me and my family.  Personally, I have explored the ins and outs of many different diet plans over the years. It has been a process of  fine tuning to find one that works really well for me.  When I have any hunger between meals (or even those annoying cravings here and there), I have about 1 tsp of this stuff and I feel satisfied.  I am careful not to over do it which can be very easy to do if you are not mindful.  A little bit can truly take you a long way!  This is what I offer to my children when they seem like they are low blood sugar as they healthy fats will sustain them for a lot longer than some standard sugary, food-like product. Best of all ... they love it!

Sourcing your Almonds and Making the Butter fro Scratch

I am careful about my almond source as most almonds grown in the USA (sorry ... even organic) are heated to 200 degrees which is enough to kill many of the enzymes.  Non organic almonds are fumigated with propylene oxide (PPO),a known carcinogen. Yuck!  SO, I recommend ordering them on amazon and being sure they are imported. I love the brand Terrasoul brought in from Italy. 
I soak the almonds overnight and then let them dry in the oven on a baking sheet at 120 degrees for an hour or so.  Then, you can place the almonds in your food processor with the S blade and turn it on.  I would suggest leaving the room and believing in magic ... yes, this recipe calls for believing in magic!   If you watch almonds blend for the first 5 minutes, you will never believe this dry crusty almond meal could ever become smooth and buttery.  Well, if you leave it alone and come back in 12 minutes ... it will be this divine creamy deliciousness. I sometimes like to add sea salt and maybe even some coconut butter at this time! 
Once the almond butter base is made, you can add in your hemp and chia seeds and mix by hand until evenly blended.  I just love the crunch of the chia seeds in this mixture. Store in a cool, dry place and enjoy as you desire.

Healthy Fats and Healthy Fiber in this Almond/Seed Spread

Almond butter provides about 18 grams of a nice, unsaturated fat in every 2 tbsp.  There is also a nice amount of protein in almond butter. Almonds also have a high amount of phytosterols, known to help reduce the lipoproteins known as cholesterol.  I have read studies about almonds having a positive impact on insulin sensitivity and weight loss but I would have to say that the servings would need to be limited to 2 daily. 
Almonds are also high in oxalates and are considered a tree nut which is a common food allergen.  Be careful if you have a known nut allergy or a tendency to form stones from oxalates.
Chia seeds have become a very popular superfood over the past few years in my community. They are easy to digest and can be added in to so many foods. Being neutral in taste they have quite a diversity in the diet.
In ancient times, chia seeds were used as a superfood for the Aztec warriors. If you have ever read the book, Born to Run, you read all about them.  Chia means "strength" in Mayan and is known as the "runners food."  I would have to agree with this. When I am feeling a little low on fuel, a spoonful of chia in my almond butter puts me right back into the game.
Chia seeds are rich in fiber, omega-3 fats, protein, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals such as calcium, copper, phosphorous, potassium,sulphur, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese and zinc.   Eat them up to power up!
This is a fabulous food for my HCG Diet patients on Phase III of the Protocol!
Enjoy and be grateful!


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