Peanut butter has long been the most popular nut spread for sandwiches, but recently almond butter has emerged as a healthier, and I think, more tasty alternative. Now this is not to discount the coveted peanut butter. I mean getting your kids to switch over would prove to be a challenge that I think most parents wouldn’t undertake. However, if your child or anyone for that matter has a peanut allergy, well then this is where almond butter fits right in. Where they do share similar health benefits, almond butter is the front runner in this race.
Here are some of the health benefits of almonds:
- Good source of protein
- Can reduce risk of heart attack by about 50% when consumed 5 times a week
- They lower ‘bad’ cholesterol
- Lower blood pressure
- Rich in antioxidants
16oz of raw almonds
- Cut up an apple and use the almond butter as a dip for a delicious snack
- Make almond sauce instead of peanut sauce for satay dipping or add to noodles
- Add it to a fruit smoothie for added protein
- Use in place of peanut butter for cookies
- Mix in with your oatmeal for a nutty bite
Taste the food as you go when are cooking, then you can keep adjusting the seasoning to end the dish with big flavor.
Roasting heirloom tomatoes with balsamic vinegar and dried basil, can take a caprese salad to a whole new level. Fresh basil and fresh mozarella on top of the warm tomato then drizzled with the balsamic reduction = heaven!
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 5 large heirloom tomatoes
- Balsamic vinegar
- Ground black pepper
- Dried basil
- 6oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
- Fresh basil leaves
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Spread the tomatoes evenly on a sheet pan. Drizzle balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and dried basil.
- Roast the tomatoes at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Then cool.
- To assemble the salad. Place 3 slices of tomato on a plate. Top each with 1 slice of mozzarella and each with a basil leaf. Drizzle the reduced balsamic vinegar from the sheet pan, olive oil, salt and pepper.