Free Day Friday

If there is anything I have learned the past years of my healthy and not so healthy lifestyle choices, it is that you NEED to be kind to your body. Despite the fact I was somewhat active today, going swimming for gym class and shovelling the heavy snow off of the driveway this morning (yup it snowed again, WOOHOO what a joy…), i figured it would be best to just take a little break from going hard this past week. Some people think that healthy living is all about exercising day in a day out, however this is not the case. Having a day of not doing much exercise is actually quite  beneficial to  your body, giving you the rest so you can perform better in the next days. Yes, make sure you are still eating healthy, but take it easy and take the time to enjoy other things that matter, such as time with your family or just  reading a book. One way I escape from the hustle and bustle of life is the kitchen.

I love nut butter, almond probably the most! It is an excellent source of healthy fats and combines with the simplest of foods to make a delicious snack or meal; ice cream,bread, celery, bananas, apple, oatmeal..and the list goes on. My mom has always bought it, but today I wanted to try something a bit different and make it homemade. I combined almonds with cashews to create a subtle creaminess and cinnamon to give it that extra punch of a spicy, yet dessert like feel to it. The only downsides of making homemade nut butters is the amount of time it takes to grind up the nuts, you may not be able to hear much for a while after you are finished with the processor, and the fact that it is highly addictive. I am too excited to spread this on my toast tomorrow morning :) 

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Ingredients

1 2/3 cups of dry roasted unsalted almonds

1/3 cup unsalted dry roasted cashews

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp agave, liquid honey or maple syrup

Food Processor

Directions

Add your nuts into the processor and set to medium – fast speed. The nuts will grind up and will eventually come to a point where you need to scrape the edges off with a spatula or spoon a couple of time. 

After scraping the walls after 4-5 times, add in your cinnamon and sweetener and continue to grind and scrape on medium-high speed. 

The almond will eventually start forming into a ball. Stop the food processor, break down the clump and continue to grind the mixture. You will have to repeat this a couple of times. 

After all that time of pure agony of starting and stopping the processor, the mixture will look like nut butter. Not to worry :) Nothing has ever looked so glorious in those past 15 minutes. 

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Store in the refrigerator. Yields sixteen 1 tbsp servings. 

Calories: 100; Fat: 9 grams (Saturated: 0.7, No trans); Sodium: 8 mg; Potassium: 100 mg; Carbohydrates  4 grams; Sugars: 1.2 grams; Fibre: 1.5 grams; Proteins: 3.5 grams; Source of Vitamin E, Magnesium, Manganese and Copper

 

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