- Whole-Grain Pasta
- Peanut and Nut Butters
- Nonfat Greek Yogurt
- Chicken Breasts
- Wild Salmon
- Black Beans
- Sweet Potatoes
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
- Kidney Beans
- Skim Milk
So, where does one start? With a nut butter of course! If you have been reading past posts then you already know I have a small (ahem...large) addiction to peanut butter. I have done much better these days with not eating huge spoonfuls at a time, so figured I would try and make my own nut butter as a treat-except with almonds instead of peanuts! With the help of Angela from Oh She Glows and Ashley from The Edible Perspective, I came up with this recipe for
Dark Chocolate Almond Butter:
- 2 cups raw almonds
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
Next, melt your 1/2 cup of dark chocolate on the stove top. This only takes a few seconds, be careful not to burn it. The chocolate doesn't need to be all the way melted, just softened (the processor will take care of the rest). After about 10 minutes of processing the almonds, add the melted chocolate, vanilla, maple syrup and canola oil and continue processing for another 5 minutes. Once the almond butter is the consistency you like, let cool and enjoy!
After just 1 minute of processing...
After 5 minutes of processing...
After about 7 minutes of processing (I was impatient and added the chocolate a bit early, however I like my almond butter thick so it worked out).
This recipe makes enough to fill a mason jar. Store in the refrigerator, but remember that the fridge can cause it to harden a bit so soften it up at room temperature or in the microwave before using.
Do you eat any of these "healthiest foods" on a daily basis? I probably incorporate oatmeal, peanut butter, almonds, olive oil and sweet potatoes the most. Can't wait to try some of these foods this month!