Cold pressed coconut oil and almond butter spread are one of those things that’s been on my shopping list for ages, I’ve just never got around buying it until now. And boy, it’s yummy!
With coconut oil, it’s a much lighter and healthier alternative to butter and olive oil. The main health benefits include hair care, skin care, stress relief, maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism, high blood pressure and bone strength. So, an amazing alternative – and if you like the taste of coconut (only a subtle flavour), it’s a no brainer!
Almond butter is again, a much healthier alternative to regular butter, and peanut butter (if you use this for protein). Firstly, it’s good for the heart as its rich in monounsaturated fats (basically, good fat), which are the type of fats that reduce levels of cholesterol and therefore lowers your blood pressure. It also controls your blood sugar as it’s sweet (and so yummy), its rich in antioxidants and helps with your weight control; being so high in protein, fibre and monounsaturated fats.
There are several ways you can enjoy both – I for one now cook all my veg, fish and eggs with coconut oil, and it tastes scrumptious (especially with white fish). With the almond butter, my favourite alternative is using it as a spread on rye toast, either to enjoy on its own or with egg, cottage cheese or some sliced banana – the perfect breakfast alternative to start the day with.
Here are some of my current favourite recipes..
SPICY ZUCCHINI WITH SMOKED SALMON
Slice the zucchini and slowly cook with coconut oil and lemon. Dish up with some tabasco, pepper and some more lemon, and add some smoked salmon for your protein! Delicious and takes minutes.
HIGH ENERGY PROTEIN BREAKFAST
Dark rye bread