Brazil Nut Vanilla Cinnamon Butter.

Brazil Nut Maple Butter.
Brazil Nut Maple Butter.

Are you excited about the games in Brazil?  I’m obsessed.  Growing up swimming & watching my girls swim competitively most of their lives – our obsession begins with the trials.  The passion, hard work, diligence and pursuit of something greater than yourself is so inspiring.  Plus I’ll admit, I get totally weepy with the pageantry and spirit for our country.  I know, I’m a big sap but I know I’m not alone. Our favorites to watch are swimming- without a doubt, gymnastics and all things running – go figure!  I’m hoping to be running by that time.

In the spirit of the host country, Lucy asked me to use the Brazil nut as my inspiration.  I’ll be honest, I never had the nut ever before as I’m pretty basic with my nut selection.  I did my research and was blown away by the health benefits.  High levels of  selenium. Just one or two of these nuts per day is recommended.  Other minerals are copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc. Copper helps prevent anemia and bone weakness (osteoporosis).  This nut is also packed with thiamin and vitamin E.  Hello nutritionally powerful nut.

Nut butters are a wonderful source of protein and necessary fats in your diet.  My favorite way to incorporate nut butter is in my smoothies, overnight oats, on rice cakes and as a dip for fruit.  Of course, baking and cooking are also fun ways to incorporate this delectable food.  Click here for the full recipe.

Thank you Lucy Activewear for sponsoring this post.  




— Knead to Cook

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