A while back I picked up this jar of Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds at Trader Joe’s. Best purchase ever! I love this stuff – it’s super crunchy and salty with the amazing flavor of slightly sweet almond butter. Nut butters are high in calories and fat but it is a healthy fat and this one also has the added benefit of extra Omega 3 fats. Often times I will swap out one of my daily fat servings for a tablespoon of nut butter. It’s a great little spread for apple slices or celery. I think I like almond butter even better than peanut butter.
Here is my little trick for making nut butters go further, just put your serving of nut butter in the microwave for a few seconds and melt it. Once it is thinned out a bit you have the perfect “dipping” sauce for your apple slices or celery sticks. If you are feeling a little more adventurous add a tablespoon or two of fat free Greek yogurt and you have even more delicious nutty dip!
Be sure to check out my Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods printable Shopping list by clicking on the My Kitchen at the top of the home page. Click on the one you want from the drop down menu. All of the blue highlighted items are a link to where I talked about the product. Enjoy!
On Saturday we did manage to fit in a short hike. I wasn’t feeling great as the sinus issues were still with me and it sure showed in my lack of energy on the trail.
This is the trail head at Hoyt’s Crossing Trail. From the bridge we watched a group of guys in kayaks navigate the water. It was fascinating to see how they would line themselves up to get over ares like this. They really have to have some upper arm strength to paddle fast and furious. I think I will stick to the trails!
The trail ended here for us as the water was too deep for me to cross as my hiking shoes are not waterproof! Bummer!
This late rain we have been getting has created a lot of flooding on the trails, very full waterfalls and wider and deeper streams to cross. Sunday we went to REI and I got some waterproof hiking boots. I can’t wait to try them out!
See that boulder behind hubby Tom? Well there was a 2-3 foot gap between the two boulders and he wanted to jump to the other boulder to get a better look at the waterfall below. I thought he would end up in the waterfall so I told him no way!
These lovely yellow flowers were all along the trail.
Back here at home we have our own little nature story to tell. Look closely and you can see four little baby ducks eating some grain. It was so much fun watching them run around chasing each other yesterday. They are the first baby ducks of the season.
This momma is sitting on her nest. Hubby Tom counted 8 eggs in her nest the other day. They don’t usually build their nest so out in the open. I can see her from my backyard so I will keep a watchful eye and hopefully capture some photos of her babies.
Add Your Thoughts
What was the highlight of your weekend?
Nut butters – do like them – what is your favorite?
How do you like to eat them – by the spoonful or another way?