HOMEMADE ALMOND SPREAD

‘Hi my name is Brooke and I have a problem with nut spread’. No joke I can actually polish off a jar of this within 2-3 days, I’m sure I could manage it in just one if my life depended on it.

Yes nut spreads are a great alternative to your convential / commercial peanut butter. They are also very high in energy so it is best not to over indulge in these as the additional calories can then impact your weight loss/maintenance goals. It also becomes expensive if you are buying a couple of jars every week (guilty).

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Natural nut butters/spreads such as almond spread have a far better nutritional profile when compared to your commercial brands. There is no added sugar, salt, sweeteners and they are much higher in vitamin E, zinc and protein. It can be used in place of peanut paste on toast or crackers but is also fantastic as a snack added to veggie sticks, baking, smoothies or even on its own! The health benefits are plentiful, but do be mindful that it’s full of nuts, which provide fat as their main macronutrient when consumed. Fat yields more energy than carbohydrates and protein, so when consumed do so in moderation and one-two tablespoons per day would be the recommended serving size.

Recently I have started making my own nut butter and I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner! This really is so simple takes just minutes to whip up a fresh batch of homemade almond spread.

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 250g almonds – normal, roasted, or even activated.
  • High speed blender (I use a thermomix)

METHOD:

  • Place almonds into your blender / thermomix
  • Blitz on speed 9 for 40 seconds, scrape down the sides once time is up – then repeat this step
  • Scrape sides of mixing bowl, then blitz on speed 6.5 for 40 seconds – repeat this step twice.
  • By the time you’ve blitzed the nut mix these 4-5 times it should be at a consistency that resembles store bought almond spread. If you like it a little runnier continue blitzing a few more times.
  • Optional to add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or almond oil to the mix whilst blitzing to reach a smoother consistency.
  • Transfer your nut spread mix into a glass jar and store either in the fridge or room temperature & try to make it last the week!

I personally prefer to use roasted almonds for my nut butter as it adds a great flavour and makes for a creamier consistency. You can either roast yourself in the oven of buy them roasted in a packet. Activating your almonds also gives the added bonus of assisting with the digestion and absorption of nutrients from your nut spread because the process of activation reduces the effects of phytates in nuts.

Once you start making this quick and easy spread you wont purchase the store-bought varieties again! I am now a little bit addicted to whipping this up in my thermomix and trying new varieties – stay tuned for the recipe for my BFN nutella spread, delicious!

Be sure to tag me in your variations @balancefitnessandnutrition #balancefitnessnutrition #striveforbalance 

Brooke x

EXTREMES ARE EASY. STRIVE FOR BALANCE

Welcome to Balance Fitness and Nutrition - I am so excited to be launching the BFN web page!

Here you will find delicious recipe ideas, fitness tips, lifestyle inspo, blogs on things I love (or don’t), and how to get in touch with me should you wish to get some help on achieving that balance. Be sure to check in regularly so you don't miss a thing! 

What does balance mean to you?

Balance - harmonious or satisfying arrangement or proportion of parts and elements.

Balance is something that we all strive for in life, whether it is the work/life, friends/family or save/spend balance. It is in a constant state of flux and needs to be actively worked on in order to maintain it.

Extreme - Of the greatest severity; drastic.

We have probably all undergone some form of extreme in our life, and sure it can be easy, but is it sustainable?

Why work hard day in, day out before an upcoming event or holiday, only for that event to pass or the holiday to arrive and all of your hard work goes out the window. You are then left feeling deflated (and maybe a little bloated), and like you need to start all over again.

I am a huge believer in finding nutritious foods and forms of physical activity that you enjoy. If you enjoy something, you are more likely to commit to it and in turn succeed and reach your goals. I believe whole, nutritious foods and daily physical activity are valuable tools that can be utilised to help keep our minds and bodies running at their optimum. Movement and food can be the best medicine and most of us don’t know how good our bodies are designed to feel.

Our overall health, quality of sleep and happiness are all heavily influenced by how we fuel our bodies. It is a constant cycle that can go two ways;

  • When you are tired, you make bad food choices and can’t be bothered exercising (or vice versa). Quality of sleep is then impacted due to the poor dietary choices and lack of physical activity. This cycle continues the next day you wake from a poor night’s sleep feeling tired, sluggish, irritated and sometimes depressed.
  • When you are physically active you are more likely to want to fuel your body with nutritious, plentiful food, which in turn improves our quality of sleep and mental well-being.

To be happy with others, we need to first be happy with ourselves, so put yourself first – wellness starts from within.

I hope that my website provides you with a source of inspiration to help you on your quest for balance.

 Enjoy! X


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