Many conventional nut butters contain additives like seed oils and sugar that turn these super fat fuels into inflammatory snacks 😒
Nut butter can be enjoyed on grain free breads or can be used as a base for baking and fat bombs 💣
The beauty is that their neutral taste allows them to be enjoyed sweet and savory so creativity is endless 🙌🏻😍
When buying nut butters, always make sure that the only ingredients are raw nuts (not roasted since that means they were roasted in toxic oils) and sea salt or spices like cinnamon or vanilla. There are also chocolate flavored nut butters with cacao which are very tasty 🌰🍫😋
I recommend that you stay away from peanut butter (peanuts are actually legumes) since they oxidize quickly and often contain a lot of mycotoxins which can really damage your gut and other body systems 🚨🥜
Artisana Organics has a line of nut butters without any additives, and they have interesting flavors like macadamia, hazelnut, walnut, cashew in addition to classics like coconut butter and almond butter 🌰🥥
NuttZo has a line of functional nut butter blends which are usually a mix of all kinds of nuts and seeds including almond, coconut, chia, Brazil nuts, flax and pecan! They also have a keto chocolate nut butter which is the all time favorite in our house 🍫🌰 be careful though because some blends contain peanut and coconut sugar (look for keto on the label)!
Sprouted nut butters are always the highest quality and should be bought if available. Sprouting helps minimize toxins and lectins in the nuts and makes them easier to absorb. The same goes for seed butters like pumpkin, sesame (tahini) and sunflower seed butters and whole nuts/seeds!
To try this super yummy tahini, you can go to the SOCO website and use code cure.eated at checkout to save 20% 🙌🏻
Pumpkin seed butter is a good swap for those who are trying to get a bit more protein in their diet, but overall, nut/seed butters should not be your main protein source, and should be seen as a nourishing fat fuel to enjoy with other protein sources!
I do want to point out that it’s better to limit the consumption of nut and seed butters (apart from coconut) since they contain a higher amount of omega 6 fatty acids and the key to optimal health is a balanced omega fatty acid profile (read more here)!
To really get the freshest nut/seed butter, you can always make your own, which helps lowering the risk of a rancid fat. To do that, but fresh and raw nuts (store them in the fridge or freezer until use) and grind them into a spread using a food processor. If the paste isn’t spreadable enough, you can always add a healthy ancestral fat into the mix like a splash of avocado oil (neutral tasting) or coconut oil.
Nutiva also makes a super yummy coconut manna (butter) which I also like to bake with as an alternative to grass-fed ghee (both are heat stable)!