Butter me up!

I bloomin’ love nut butters. I love them in stuff, on stuff or straight off the spoon.

Nuts and nut butters are a great go-to snack option for anyone trying to manage fatigue or blood sugar levels. So for effective management of chronic fatigue or diabetes, these should be in your cupboards and handbags/pockets (maybe just the nuts in your pockets, it could get a bit sticky with the butters).

I recently discovered walnut butter and used that in energy balls. It made a denser ball and was less sweet than almond or cashew butter but was still yummy. Here is a link to an easy peasy do it yourself nut butter recipe (or seed butter if you prefer). It can also be found in an article on nuts but I thought I’d post is separately as I didn’t want you to miss out.

Homemade Nut & Seed Butter

 

Driving me nuts

So my kinesiologist, who I rely on for my supplements to literally keep me going, says to me two weeks ago:

No nuts, no sugar, no wheat, no spice for two weeks.

Okay, I say, I can do no wheat and no sugar cos I do that anyway.

Oh, that includes sugar from raw fruit.

Oh no! I can’t give up nuts and fruit. What???!!!

But, it made me examine my diet. I make cookies with ground almonds, and energy balls with nuts and granola with nuts, and fake fudge with nut butter, and I snack on nuts and eat Body Me or Naked bars that contain….nuts!!!

Maybe, just maybe, I eat too many nuts. Yes they are a good fat, blah blah, but too much of a good thing?

Sooo I went back to porridge with cinnamon (I double checked that didn’t count as a spice I had to avoid) or a baked banana with 100% dark choc melting in the middle (HEAVEN). I found a recipe for energy balls with dessicated coconut and seed butter. I stewed apple with cinnamon. I didn’t bake any cookies but made courgette brownies instead.

And, I have to admit, I enjoyed it. I am past my two weeks of avoidance. Whether it’s that or the supplements kicking in or both, I don’t know but I do feel better.

Raw nuts take a lot of energy to digest (I discovered after I could have used nut butter and ground almonds, but hey) and like anything, if the system is overloaded it will run sluggishly.

Just a thought – maybe it would do you good to have a look at your diet and challenge yourself to avoid or cut back on one or two things and replace with other things.