Thursday, February 23, 2012

Cashew Butter and Strawberry Topped English Muffin

Not only is this quick breakfast with the tasty combo of cashew butter and strawberries but it has many healthy benefits.  Most of the fat cashews is in the form of oleic acid which is a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.  The are also high in magnesium which is vital for bone health. In addition, we have strawberries, a nutritional powerhouse bursting with anti-inflammatories and antioxidants - 1 cup has over 100% of your daily vitamin C! Top all of this on a fiber-rich whole wheat english muffin and you've got a nutrient-packed, filling breakfast!

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Serves 1


1-Whole Wheat English Muffin, toasted
1- Tbsp Cashew Butter
Cinnamon to taste
1/4 cup (or more) diced strawberries


Add cashew butter to a small bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Stir to mix.  If it necessary, microwave 5-10 sec. to soften.  Spread on the english muffin and top with strawberries.

Shopping Tip:
When shopping for any type of whole wheat bread make sure the first ingredient is WHOLE wheat flour and not just wheat flour. When reading ingredients remember that sometimes "wheat flour" is just a disguise for your basic white flour. Whole wheat means that the whole grain has been used, whereas with regular wheat/white flour the most nutritious parts of the grain (bran and germ) have been stripped before processing meaning less nutrients.  Also, use your eyes as judgement by looking at the color of the bread.  Generally the darker the better, so if something says wheat bread but doesn't look much darker than the white bread then it probably isn't any better.  

You can buy cashew butter or make your own with just RAW cashews, which can be healthier than store-bought brands that have roasted the nuts or added salt. It can also be more cost effective. If your grocery store has a bulk section you can buy just what you need. To make it all you have to do is just put some raw cashews in a food processor and let it run a few minutes til it turns the consistency of a nut butter (typically drier than peanut butter).

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