Brazil Nut Butter
This recipe was contributed by Magdalena Wszelaki, a nutrition hormone expert, chef and author.
Selenium plays a key role in thyroid and autoimmune health because it protects thyroid cells from oxidative damage by forming selenoproteins. This extra protection helps to bring down the TPO antibodies (medical reference). Selenium also acts as catalyst for converting the inactive T4 hormone to the biologically active T3 hormone.
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The Brazil nut is the food that is highest in selenium. Three organic Brazil nuts per day will give you the daily recommended dose of 200mg of selenium. You can incorporate them into your diet in a variety of ways (see the recipe down below). If you don't tolerate nuts, you can take a selenium supplement.
This nut butter can be generously spread on crackers, toast or used as a dip with chopped up vegetables (I used radishes here as they also support estrogen detoxification) or fruit (I had apples on hand today). I recommend soaking the nuts to improve their digestibility. If you tolerate nuts and have no time to soak and dry them, skip the initial steps and go to the blending instructions. Allow yourself to be creative and play with other nuts and seeds (sunflower and pumpkin seed butter is wonderful too) as well as spices like cardamom, cloves or lavender.
Brazil Nut Butter Recipe
- 2 cups organic Brazil nuts
- ¾ cup avocado oil
- ½ cup coconut butter
- ½ cup golden flax seed
- ⅓ cup maca root powder
- 1 tablespoon camu camu (buy on Amazon)
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon vanilla essence or powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- Place the nuts in a large bowl, cover with filtered water and let them soak overnight, or 12 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 200F, spread the nuts on a baking tray and slow-roast for about an hour or until they become slightly brown.
- Cool off the nuts and place in a high-speed blender or food processor (I use Vitamix.). Add all the remaining ingredients and blend on high for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Transfer to an air-tight container and keep in the fridge for no longer than 2 weeks. You can also freeze the butter.
Have you ever made your own nut butter?
You can learn more from Magdalena Wszelaki and how she overcame the death sentence by approaching estrogenic cancers biblically and naturally.
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