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Easy Homemade Peanut Butter!

Ok y’all, I love peanut butter. Like, love it. I dip my apples in it, I make pb banana sandwiches, I add it to my smoothies, the list goes on. I used to buy JIF peanut butter until I noticed the ingredients having lots of oil and other things in there that I didn’t find necessary. The same goes for other brands-most have added oils. So for the last year or so I have been buying Whole Foods 365 brand-which is great. Ingredients read: Peanuts, Salt. That’s it and I’m cool with that. But then I saw a link on Pinterest (haha that’s how most girl’s conversations go these days, right?!) about making your own peanut butter and how easy it is. I know that you can make your own at Whole Foods and other groceries but the DIY-er in me had to try this on my own at home because it just seemed too easy.  And it is! This is my first go at it so I literally only used peanuts-which is all you need.  I took a bag of roasted peanuts that I had in my pantry and shelled some until I had enough of that (this is the only work that’s really involved here), threw them in the mini processor, blended until it was the right consistency-done! It’s crazy how at first it starts to look like sand-but you have to keep blending because eventually it breaks down the natural oils and becomes a buttery consistency.

I can’t wait to get experimental with this and add things like cocoa powder or coconut flakes or chocolate chips! I wonder if pumpkin would work in there? I’ll have to try my own almond butter as well-and cashew butter/cream. Now I’ll be dreaming about nut butters the rest of the day! Ooh these could make great Christmas gifts too!

Ok cough it up-do you have a great home-made nut-butter recipe that we should know about? Please share!

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Grapefruit Juicing Nutso Over Here!

Do you guys like grapefruit? I LOVE it! So when my husband’s friend at work mentioned that he had a tree that was overflowing with grapefruit-I nearly died and went to heaven! He’s delivered us 2 boxes in the last few weeks and it’s been grape-er-great! I remember in college I would buy grapefruit juice from the grocery and always have some in the fridge! That was before I knew anything about pasteurization and how I was basically buying dead sugary juice…but, nevertheless, I still loved grapefruit and it’s juice!

So, since I now all of the sudden had all of these voluptuous balls of joy, I had to make use of them before they went bad. In other words, just eating them wasn’t doing the trick. Then I remembered the way cool industrial looking citrus press that a relative of mine gave me a while back!  Perfect! To juice them it was! Looking back, I feel it was fate that brought that press to me years ago. Because, while I use lemons and limes in my drinking water and cooking all the time, never once did I use the press for them. But for this, it was meant to be.  And, let me tell you, fresh grapefruit juice is just incredibly invigorating and tasty! I bet there are really refreshing cocktails I could make with this-so if you know of any-let us know!

There are tons of benefits, by the way, to eating and juicing grapefruit! For one, while grapefruit, (and lemons and limes) are  themselves, acidic, once consumed they actually have a very alkalizing affect on the body. This is a huge deal as the diet of our culture is extremely acidic, wreaking havoc on our bodies and causing disease. It doesn’t take much to see this.

Grapefruit is high in Vitamin C, making your immune system stronger and helping your body to absorb iron. It is a good source of Potassium and Copper as well. Potassium helps your heart to function properly and also your muscles to contract-including your digestive ones-which is crucial to a healthy digestive system. The Copper aids in the production of the protein, collagen, which makes up connective tissue and ligaments and tendons. It also gives you healthy, supple skin! So eat and drink up!

Do you guys like grapefruit juice? Have you ever had it fresh before?

Let us know if you know of any grapefruit juice cocktails we could try!

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