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Give your Nut Butters a Nutritional Boost
|February 15, 2016|
Making Nut Butter and Supercharging it- a perfect addition to phase III of the HCG Diet or any healthy diet plan
Nut butters can be a great source of protein, vitamins, fats and minerals. This is especially true if the nuts are from an organic, raw source and if the nut butters have minimal processing. I like to make my own by getting really clean organic, raw nuts (most of mine come from Italy where they do not require heating the nuts to 200 degrees before selling as they do in the US) and then placing them in the food processor for 15 minutes. You have to almost believe in magic after you get the nut butter started in the food processor. It will look nearly impossible for the crumbly nuts to turn into a butter at first. Best thing to do is just walk away and come back in 10-15 minutes and you will be amazed at that creamy, deliciousness in the bowl. If you want a crunchy nut butter finely chop the nuts of your choice and add them in after the processing is done. I recommend all of my HCG Diet patients who are on phase III give nut butter creating a try.
Supercharging the Nut Butter is the Next Step
Now that you have a beautiful bowl of creamy nut butter before you it is time to get creative. Sometimes, I like my nut butters to be a little creamier and I will add some raw, organic coconut butter to the mix in the food processor. Once you have your nut butter as you like it you can add in some seeds. My favorite combo is chia seeds and hemp seeds. I like to add about 4 tbsp chia seeds and 3 tbsp hemp seeds to each cup of nut butter. You can play with the consistency. If you want a super seeded nut butter you would go much heavier on the seeds. The seeds stay really crunchy and they make the nut butter super healthy and in my opinion very tasty! Other options would be: ground pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds, etc. By mixing in hemp and chia seeds your nut butter really does become super charged. You will be getting a good dose of all of the amino acids, great essential fats, good fiber, vitamins, minerals and lots of antioxidants!!!
The Benefits of Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are the best! They are quick & easy source of protein, healthy fats, dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and many antioxidants all packed into a little, tiny seed. They last forever too ... up to 2 years on the shelf. They have an incredible source of omega 3 fatty acids (especially when you consider the ration to omega 6. Sixt percet of the oil in chia seeds is omega 3 based! Omega 3 or ALA is essential as our bodies do not make it on their own.
The Benefits of Hemp Seeds
The hemp seed is truly an incredible food source. Hemp seeds are known to be the safest, most digestible, balanced and complete source of protein, amino acids, and essential fats found anywhere in nature. Hemp seeds are 33% protein and 39% essential fatty acids (omega3, omega 6, omega 9 and gla). Hemp seeds contain all 9 of the essential amino acids that are not made by our bodies. Just as an example, hemp seeds have over 6x the amount of omega 3 fatty acid than raw tuna. They are also rich in trace minerals and high in fiber.Historically, the most famous hemp seed consumer was Buddha himself, who ate them during his fast of enlightenment.
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