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Bye-Bye Nutella and Hello Almond Butter!

 

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How about a nice bowl of sugar to empower your morning? No? Then why are you still smearing Nutella on your toast? The nutritional breakdown of Nutella is terrifying. Dear OiB readers, please do not attempt to fuel your body, or your children’s bodies, with this utter garbage.

Nutella Ingredients:

Sugar, modified palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skimmed milk powder, whey powder, lecithin, and vanillin

The nutritional breakdown of Nutella is more startling than the fact it is made up almost completely of sugar.

Nutella contains 70% saturated fat. A two-tablespoon (37 gram) serving contains 200 calories. 99 of those calories comes from 11 grams of fat. The other 80 calories comes from 21 grams of sugar. Plus, the second ingredient is a modified vegetable oil that is not only eco-friendly, it is full of saturated and trans fats!

Almond butter, on the other hand, is pure awesomeness in a jar.

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 Almonds, as you may know, are praised highly in the medical world for having monosaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), dietary fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and trace amounts of essential minerals. Though they are high in calories, they are incredibly energy dense. No empty calories here!

When you consume almonds or almond butter, you get the following benefits:

  •  Increased brain cell communication
  • Protection from the sun (thanks to trace amounts of copper)
  • Healthy bones
  • More energy
  • Prevent heart disease
  • Improved blood cholesterol
  • Controlled blood sugar levels
  • Weight loss

Time to throw your Nutella away and grab some organic almond butter. If you do not know where to find some in the store, almond butter is very easy to make!

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DIY Recipe for Homemade Almond Butter

All you need is roasted almonds (around 1 pound/16 oz/453 grams for a single jar) and a food processor with an S-shaped blade.

 Directions:

  1. Warm the almonds in the oven at about 250 degrees F/120 degrees C for 10-15 minutes. You want the almonds to be warm to the touch. This helps the oils release faster when churning them.
  2. Grab your food processor. Depending on the size, I recommend topping the amount of cups added to about 3. Smaller models may only take 1 ½ cups. Pour in the almonds, turn on the food processor, and let it begin to break the nuts down.
  3. After a while, you will notice the almonds turning to paste (probably around 10-15 minutes in). Stop the processor, scrape the sides, and mash the paste down to keep the processing even. You will need to repeat this several times.
  4. At around 20 minutes, the wad of almond paste will begin to release oils and break down further. It will look slightly grainy.
  5. Within 5 minutes of that mark, your almond butter will become smooth and creamy. Give it a stir to check the consistency before storing in a jar.

Takes some time, but oh, it is totally worth it. I actually think it is a bit addicting!

Almond butter is so delicious and nutritious. Throw out your Nutella. Burn the jars. Never buy it again. Buy some roasted almonds instead to make your own nut butter. After all, almond butter can be used in many recipes, just like peanut butter, but without the fear of peanut allergies!

So are you ready to make this huge change? 🙂

 

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5 Incredible Health Benefits of Almond Nuts

Who doesn’t like almond nuts? They’re definitely one of my favorites and I hope it’s yours too. Almonds have been with humans from very long time. They’ll extremely popular and is part of various cousins around the world. Not only almond nuts but the almond oil is also widely used and many skin experts believe the best essential oil for your nourishing your skin. Almond is rich in nutrients which are the health the increase the brain activity, to the digestive system and enhances longevity.

I have been using almonds from a very small age. The nutritional benefits of almond are well known around the world. Many doctors recommend using almond in your daily diet. One of the great thing about almonds are you can consume them any way you like. Personally, I like to eat them raw, well you can also use it as an ingredient in your food, as almond milk or almond floor. Body lotions and conditioners in the form of almond oil. Considering the chunk of nutrients, it has, its popularity is not quite that surprising.

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So let’s go through some of the well-known benefits of almond nuts and oil:

1. REDUCE CHOLESTEROL AND PREVENT HEART ATTACKS:
Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants. These two are the magic nutrients that reduce cholesterol hence blockage in the veins. Almond is rich in vitamin E and it helps to increase the overall health of the heart.

Almond is also rich in manganese, magnesium, copper, potassium and calcium. Various researchers indicate that by incorporating almonds into your daily life you reduce the chances of heart attack. Most of the doctors around the world recommend cholesterol patients to take almond daily. Well, that itself means a lot.

2. IMPROVES HEALTH OF YOUR SKIN
As mentioned earlier almonds are rich in vitamins E and antioxidants which refresh your skin and reduces the wrinkles. Almond oil helps in removing any visible signs of aging. The oil is also rich in agents like flavonol and L-catchin which fights skin cancer. By applying almond oil daily, it creates a protective layer on your skin and prevents the UV rays entering your skin. This protective layer also keeps you away from pollution and dust. All in all, it protects your skin and improves the health of your skin.

3. MAINTAIN BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
Not only cholesterol almonds also keep the blood cholesterol level in check. Doctors also recommend almonds to diabetic patients, the nuts helps to keep your body weight in check. Antioxidants enhance production of insulin and maintain the blood sugar level.

4. INCREASE BRAIN FUNCTIONALITY
Almonds a widely known as the best brain food out there. The nuts are rich in nutrients that and hand the neural activity of your brain and those which prevent cognitive decline. Aging people with minute memory loss are asked to take almonds. The rich nutritional quantities of riboflavin and L-cartine are extremely beneficial for growing children in increasing the brain activity. Awesome!

5. AIDS IN WEIGHT LOSS
Almonds are rich in fibers and healthy fats, by consuming them the person feels he’s full. Almonds are well known to prevent overheating. When I am usually need of snacks, instead of opting for something unhealthy I go for almonds.

It gives me feeling that I have eaten something that actually I haven’t. Almonds are consumed in great quantities by bodybuilders and athletes, it helps them to maintain a healthy a much healthier body weight and also rich in essential nutrients, that aids in the growth of muscles.

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I hope you’re already taking almonds at least two or three times a week, if not consume them. They’re perfect for your health and maintaining a good appetite. The nuts and oils are beneficial for your health and also your skin.

So why not try them?

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