Lots of days for me at work are desk days where I know there is a 99% probability that I'll be sitting down until lunchtime. I don't find I need a ton of fuel, and almost feel hungrier if I've stoked the fires with a big breakfast. So, lately, it has been a spoonful of my favourite nut or seed butter and a fair bit of coffee for breakfast.
Normally I wouldn't even bring this up; and if I have company I feed them something a bit more exciting, but I've been thinking about two things.
First up is that this website exists because of friends coming over for dinner; folks who had read books on paleo or whole foods but found meal prep too complicated and food too expensive, and were surprised to see how basic and fast (read: lazy) my meals were. I realize, though, that I still try to impress anyone reading the blog here by posting things I eat that have at least two ingredients and that doesn't necessarily give a genuine picture of what I eat on the day to day. And, from a food-input standpoint - it is a small meal, but it is enough. Heck, a heaping soup spoon of almond butter has about as many calories as a serving of Rice Krispies cereal with skim milk.
Secondly, I was listening to the segment "Kitchen Gadget Reviews" on America's Test Kitchen and they were recommending we buy a little hand cranked peanut butter mixer to attach to your jar of "natural" nut butter to stir the oil back in every time you want to eat some. Usually, America's Test Kitchen is bang on - and I LOVE the products I've gotten from their recommendations - but this made me think that there is a large percentage of the population who must be doing this the hard way (which is: forcing the oil on top down to the bottom). Take your brand new, unopened jar of nut butter and put it on its lid, upside-down. Leave it for a day so the oil can filter towards the bottom. Get a big serving spoon and stir it from the bottom up until it turns into a nice, homogenous nut butter. Close it up, chuck it in the fridge, lick the spoon. Now that it is cold, the oil will stay in the mix. Done. No extra device to find a place for and wash, and no need to continually mix the nut butter because you are storing it in the cupboard.
Spoonful of nut butter straight from the jar
- Your favourite nut or seed butter; cashew, tahini, sunflower seed, almond
- Get a spoonful of nut butter straight from the jar and eat it.