I’ve been hearing a fair amount about NuttZo around the blogosphere, so I was quite excited when I was given a jar by the company to sample and review.
NuttZo is a brand of nut butter, but it’s something a little special. It uses organic, all-natural ingredients: Valencia peanuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds. Because it uses a variety of different kinds of legumes, nuts, and seeds, this nut butter is actually a complete protein! Most of the time, when we’re eating plant-based foods, we need to combine different ingredients in order to have a complete protein- for example, the classic rice-and-beans combo. Animal sources of food provide complete proteins, but for plant-based foods, we need to eat a few different kinds to get all the essential proteins (except for quinoa. Quinoa is the only plant-based complete protein, so it’s extra special. But this blog post isn’t about quinoa. It’s about NuttZo. Carry on).
The variety of nuts, seeds, and legumes in NuttZo also provides healthy Omega-3 fats, calcium, iron, and many other essential vitamins and minerals. It’s chock-full of healthy deliciousness! Variety is indeed the spice of life.
When my jar of NuttZo arrived, one of the first things that I noticed which I was honest-to-goodness ecstatic about, was that the label on the jar is upside down (Yeah. I’m easy to please). It’s genius: with all-natural nut butters, oil separation occurs, so it is necessary to keep natural nut butter refrigerated. The other thing that we can do to prevent oil separation is to put the jar upside down in the fridge. My nut butter is always upside down to make life easier when it comes to spreading it. I’m also the kind of person who feels obliged to straighten pictures on the wall when they’re crooked, and who feels compelled to close a cupboard door if it’s slightly ajar. So you can imagine my delight upon discovering that the label was put on upside down on the NuttZo jar. It’s much more aesthetically pleasing when I can read the label when it’s on the shelf in my fridge 🙂
My one caveat was that NuttZo is chunky, not smooth. I’m a smooth nut butter girl through and through. So, I scooped out all the nut butter, put it in the food processor, and processed it until the chunks were all blended and it was nice and creamy. Much better!
The taste itself is good, but may take some getting used to if you’re only used to eating peanut butter and haven’t branched out into trying any other nut butters. The first time I ever tasted almond butter, I didn’t like it. But as I worked my way through that first jar, it grew on me and I came to really enjoy it. Nowadays, I choose almond butter just as often as I choose peanut butter, if not even more frequently. I have a feeling that NuttZo might be like that, too.
NuttZo is an incredibly healthy choice and I would strongly urge everyone to give it a try! Have you had NuttZo yet? What’s your favourite kind of nut butter? Do you like your nut butter smooth or chunky?
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