• Laura Warren

Coconut/Almond Crave Stave

The easiest way to satisfy a sweet 3.30ish craving that contains no sugar and provides energy and lasting satisfaction to get through to dinner. This is also an awesome pre-workout snack if you haven’t had time to eat a couple of hours beforehand.

Its as simple as taking a teaspoon scooping ½ with the almond, brazil, cashew butter and then filling the other ½ with coconut oil. Savour the mouthful!

Extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil is a unique combination of fatty acids can have profound positive effects on health and is classified as a “superfood” - meaning bang for your buck in terms of nutrient content. In the past coconut oil was considered unhealthy as it contains saturated fat. In fact, coconut oil is one of the richest sources of saturated fat, containing almost 90% fatty acids. Additionally, coconut oil doesn’t contain your average run-of-the-mill saturated fats like you would find in steak or cheese. Instead containing medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) – which are fatty acids of a medium length and they are metabolized by the body differently.

In short, they are transported straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they can be used as a slow released energy source or turned into ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. The fatty acids in coconut oil can reduce appetite, which can positively affect body weight over the long term.

Best buy tip: There are are range of coconut oils on the market now. Make sure you look for extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil preferably organic

Almond, brazil cashew butter is just that – these wonderful nuts ground continuously till they release there natural oils making a moreish spread.

Almonds provide protein, calcium, essential vitamins and minerals and is the only nut that is alkalizing in the body.

Brazil nuts are a great way to add selenium into your diet, which is an important mineral many New Zealander’s are lacking due to our soil being depleted. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that helps combat the damage that free radicals cause in the body. It can improve cardiovascular health and fight cancer.

Cashews are also high in protein and are rich in iron, zinc and magnesium.

Best buy tip: This spread can be made easily at home if you have a powerful food processor otherwise if in a rush Macro and Ceres brands do a great spread – when purchasing make sure the ingredients only contain almond, brazil nuts and cashews.

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