Today, since I never got full, I knew I had to eat something really substantial (besides the coconut flour flatbread, egg, pesto, cheese sandwich I had for breakfast!)… I made nut butter. But this is not just any nut butter….it’s Trail Mix Nut Butter
Sounds complicated, but is super easy! I buy mixed raw nuts or raw trail mix—you can buy individual nuts you like and combine them too–whatever you prefer (you may want to do that if you’re picky about your nuts!). I soak the nuts in water overnight to deactivate the enzyme inhibitors and make them easier to digest, and then I put them in the dehydrator for several hours. You can skip this step—but I do recommend soaked/drying them if you have the time (if you don’t have a dehydrator, put them in a warm oven with the door cracked open for a while).
In a food processor, add:
2 cups trail mix or mixed nuts
1/8 cup coconut oil (you can add more if you need it, but you probably won’t)
sea salt (to taste—I don’t like it very salty so I skimp on this part)
Optional: Use trail mix that has raisins or bits of chocolate in it—this is super yummy! (today, mine did not have any fun sweet bits in it)
Optional: half a scoop of chocolate protein powder (I did this–not really for the protein, but I like the hint of chocolate flavor)
Process until smooth. The coconut oil speeds up this process a lot, but you can keep processing it for a while to make it smoother. I like it with texture!
You don’t need to keep this in the fridge if you soaked/dehydrated the nuts—if you do, it will be much thicker because the coconut oil becomes more solid (but it’s evenly spread out, so it doesn’t not clump or anything).
Keep in mind that the flavor of your Trail Mix Nut Butter will depend highly on what you put in the mix!
News/Notes: This section is very random today.
Yesterday, my smoothie and juice post felt very textbook-y and long, and I do have a part 2 with case studies/examples (and other thoughts) ready to go (sort of…it’s still in my head), but I’ll save it for this weekend. I’m also going to write a post about the natural treatments for acid reflux that I’ve had experience with, since so many people have asked me about it. I’m also contemplating spring cleaning…
I was very distracted (and hungry) today, made a mess (at least three times) in the kitchen, chatted on the phone, went in the sauna, and went on a walk (even though it was freezing…there were even random snowflakes floating around!). Wait…I worked too. I worked at home all day—so I did all that other stuff while I was working, and did a webinar this afternoon (my distract-ability later in the day is why I get up at 5am–I’m SO productive at that time of day). My body hurts from all the yoga I’ve been doing–not in a bad way, but in a deep-in-between-my-ribs way. So I’m going back for more tomorrow–two classes!
I have to have a medical procedure done on Monday that will cause me to have several stitches, and I won’t be able to do yoga or work out—when the lady told me that, she acted like it was no big deal. Well, it’s not. But apparently my brain decided that I should do so much activity before Monday, that in conjunction with having stitches, I’ll also really need to have days off. Oh, and I’ll talk about what I’m having done after it happens. It’s nothing too invasive or private—I just wanna be able to tell you in detail how much it hurt. (!)
Today I also received a few things that I ordered from Toms Shoes.
Joe laughed at my purchases, but I’ll show him…I’ll wear them a lot! …I think.
One last thing:
There’s a new documentary, Hungry for Change, out that I am going to watch tomorrow (it’s online free until the 31st!). Alexia talked about it today, and I’m so glad she did—I had forgotten about the free online thing. So I showed the preview in my webinar today—and got my students all inspired and motivated to watch it. I really think they will! It has people in it like Kris Carr (Crazy Sexy Diet), Alejandro Junger (Clean), David Wolfe (the raw food guy), Joe Cross (Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead)….
Questions for you:
Do you make nut butters? Have you ever done it with trail mix or mixed nuts?
Do you have any Toms Shoes? Or Sunglasses (that line is pretty new I think)?
What are your plans for Friday? The Weekend? I may re-watch season 1 of The Killing, since season 2 starts on Sunday. My cousin is a producer of the show (look for Kristen Campo in the opening credits)—they shoot in Vancouver, so she’s been freezing her Santa Monica butt off since November. I told her I’d come out and visit when she’s back home (she lives a couple blocks from the beach—I mean, really…Vancouver is nice, I know…but…). Anyway, if you have not watched The Killing, I highly recommend it—not just because of my cousin. I’m sure I’ll mention it again this weekend–don’t worry, I’ll post a link!