Meatless Monday: A Staple for Your Kitchen – Almonds

This entry was posted on Nov 16, 2015 by Anna Johnson.
Meatless Monday: Keep Almonds on Hand

As a recent convert to the vegetarian lifestyle, I’ve come to appreciate almonds. Almonds are one of the “world’s healthiest foods,” and actually a food that I wasn’t particularly interested in until I understood its nutritional value. I came across my love for almonds as I was searching for alternate protein sources to meat. Come to find out, not only are almonds high in protein, but they also contain healthy fats, fiber and vitamin E. This all being said, there are so many delicious ways to incorporate them into your diet.

My personal favorite is to create my own nut butters featuring almonds. After reading nutrition labels of various nut butter brands and noticing other additives that I’d rather not consume—and living abroad where imported foods are extremely expensive—I’ve taught myself how to make homemade nut butter. Guess what, it’s EASY! All you need is a blender or food processor, nuts and/or other additions of your choosing. The smaller the food processor container the better; all you need to do is put the contents in and blend it up. Stick with it, it takes a bit for the oils of the nuts to release.

I’ve been passing around batches of my homemade nut butter to my colleagues and everyone loves it. Some of my favorite combos:

Almonds + walnuts + cacao powder

Almonds + pumpkin seeds + spirulina powder

Almonds + coffee + flaxseed

Almonds + cashews + walnuts + pumpkin seeds

Nut butter is a staple in my diet. You can find nuts regardless of where you reside in this beautiful world. I always have nut butters; they’re super convenient, compact and energy dense. They’re good to have on-the-go as we lead our busy, active lives.

About Anna Johnson
Anna currently resides in Shanghai, China where she has been living for the past three years. She serves as the Secondary Instructional Specialist/Head of Secondary Mathematics at an international school. She enjoys traveling throughout Asia whilst living in China. Her life and perspective have been influenced by her contact with many different cultures, people and holy places. Anna is a registered RYT 200 through Yoga Alliance under the direction of the beloved Denise Druce, E-RYT 500. Anna maintains her love for yoga and meditation through weekly yoga courses that she leads in Shanghai.

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