Making own almond butter

Almond butter is a great alternative to peanut butter. A lot of people miss out on its deliciousness because of the hefty price tag usually running about $10 per jar. Well, for just a few minutes of your time, you can enjoy almond butter for a fraction of the price by making it yourself at home.

Almonds are one of the most nutritious nuts you can find. They are loaded with important vitamins and minerals to keep your body healthy and come with a hefty dose of protein and fiber. Almonds contain the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, vitamin E, zinc, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium. They do have fat, however, do not be alarmed. Almonds contain menstruated fat which is the type of fat that is great for your heart (the same type of fat also found in olive oil and salmon). But do remember, everything in moderation.

All you need for this recipe is raw almonds and a food processor. I usually purchase my almonds in bulk from Sam's Club. A three-pound bag costs around $10 - remember, that's the price of a whole jar of almond butter! I add about two cups to the food processor at a time. I make small batches to keep it as fresh as possible. Once you have added the almonds to the food processor, start it up and watch it turn into creamy, dreamy goodness. This will take a few minutes, so be patient. Towards the end you may want to scrape down the sides of the food processor until you reach the consistency you desire, and that's it. Easy, peasy ... Super yummy and nutritious.

Try spreading some of your homemade almond butter on celery sticks and topping with raisins for a healthy snack the whole family can enjoy.

Corinna Maggy is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist offering private personal training, classes, and weight management programs. She can be reached at 605-3549 or corinnamaggy@yahoo.com.

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