What happens when you pair a health-conscious, vegan mother of two who has her own diet business with a husband and children who sometimes have other ideas? This blog is a chronicle of my journey to eat and live in a life-affirming way!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Brazil Nut Butter

For those of you who have been following my blog, you might notice that I have been totally obsessed with brazil nuts as of late! A few days ago, I made my Veggie Beauty Burgers, which contain brazil nuts as a base.

I am typically an almond butter girl all the way, but just yesterday I don't know what posessed me to buy a $32 jar of Rejuvenative Foods Brazil Nut Butter but buy I did!

Sometimes I think our bodies tell us when we need something in our diets- and, mine, certainly has been talking loudly! Not only are brazil nuts high in iron, zinc, magnesium, but they are also an excellent source of selenium, which is a powerful antioxidant that protects us against aging by improving cell quality and elasticity, stimulating our immune system and can even helping fight off heart disease and some forms of cancer. Brazil nuts have 2500 times as much selenium as any other nut!

Another bonus is that brazil nuts do not contain phytoestrogens like almonds. For most of us, we need not worry about this but for cancer patients or those at risk who have been told to avoid them, brazil nut butter may be a better option.

So, how did the two stand up?
I decided to do a face-off! On the way to drop off C at school, I stopped by Dean & Deluca and got one of their mixed berry bran muffins. NO, I am sure it was not vegan and probably has a bit of sugar... but, who cares, its been a long week. So, I had both the brazil nut and almond butter with it.  have to admit, I still do prefer my nutty almond butter but the brazil nut butter was still very good. It tasted much more mild and almost a bit more fatty/oily more like coconut butter. Overall, both were very good!

I can see where the brazil nut butter would be great in dips and salad dressings and I am excited to begin experimenting with it this week!
I also recieved a bag of gorgeous brazil nuts from High Vibe in my last order and I am also planning on using my Green Star Juicer and making my own!

This week has been busy! My daughter's book fair, my son's Middle School Chorus performance, my daughter's Invention Convention (she invented glasses with windshield wipers), her class PJ party (yes, she is going in pj's) and a boy-girl Carnival Party for my son tonight (which, I am chaperoning) whew- am looking forward to a quiet weekend!!!

Here is her poster for it. She was so proud of it and the glasses themselves turned out cute (didn't photograph well so didn't include them)

My Mother's Day gift to myself this weekend will be no blogging! Just simple time with family.

After being well-fueled with a muffin and almond/brazil nut butters, I am off on my 7 mile run in the gorgeous New York City sunshine (finally!!!)

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