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May 24, 2013


by Anne Paddock

Nut and seed butters are gaining in popularity across the country with consumers looking to these spreads as a healthy alternative to both butter and high protein animal based foods. Fresh peanut and almond butter are relatively easy to find these days but most grocery stores and markets don’t offer an abundance of other choices because until recently, there haven’t been many blended nut and seed butters on the market that don’t also contain oils, sugars, and other additives. Enter NuttZo – a delicious blend of nuts and seeds that doesn’t contain sweeteners or additives so all you taste is pure deliciousness.

58803_10151578696916550_1670131173_nThe original NuttZo is a blend of seven organic roasted nuts and seeds (peanuts, flax seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, brazil nuts, and sunflower seeds) with a touch of sea salt added to bring out the flavor of the nuts and seeds. A complete protein, one serving (2 tablespoons) of organic NuttZo provides 7 grams of protein, 3 grams of dietary fiber, and is a great source for the omega 3 fatty acid “alpha-linolenic” (known as ALA) which we all need everyday because our bodies cannot make Omega 3 fats.

Each serving is 180 calories and provides 50% of the daily recommended ALA.  Equally as impressive is that NuttZo is low in sodium (70 mg per serving) and sugar (1 gram per serving). Certified kosher, vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free, NuttZo is a scrumptious blend of nuts and seeds that makes whole grain toast taste decadent and apple or celery slices taste downright yummy.

nuttzo1NuttZo was created by Danielle LiVolsi after she and her husband adopted two boys from the Ukraine. Both children were vitamin deficient from a poor diet that primarily consisted of porridge. Reluctant to eat foods that didn’t have a soft consistency, the boys needed alternative foods and so LiVolsi focused on preparing creative, flavorful and nutritious foods which led to the creation of NuttZo, a spread they devoured. And, so did everyone else who tasted NuttZo, prompting LiVolsi to manufacture and distribute NuttZo nationwide.

whatsyourflavorNuttZo is sold in what looks like an upside down jar and there is a reason for this. The company wants the butter stored on its lid while sitting on the store shelves waiting for you to purchase it. The natural oils then separate to the bottom of the jar which is the top when you open it at home, allowing you to easily stir around that nutty goodness.  Make holes in the nut butter paste with a butter knife before you start stirring to blend the nuts and seeds. Once you’ve blended the butter completely, use and then refrigerate the jar lid side up and you will not have to stir again.

There are three types of organic NuttZo in either crunchy or creamy:

Organic Original: A 16-ounce jar with a blue label containing 7 nuts and seeds and a touch of sea salt.

Organic NuttZo PF (Peanut free): A 16-ounce jar with a red label containing 7 organic roasted nuts and seeds (cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, chia seeds, flax seeds, hazelnuts, and pumpkin seeds) and a touch of sea salt. Although peanut-free, this spread is made in a facility that processes peanuts.

Organic NuttZo Choc (Chocolate): A 16-ounce jar with a brown label containing 7 organic roasted nuts and seeds (peanuts, cashews, organic almonds, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, hazel nuts), 70% dark chocolate and a touch of sea salt. Compare NuttZo to Nutella  (which contains sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), lecithin, and vanillin, an artificial flavor) and you will realize there is no comparison because NuttZo tastes immensely better with a rich, chocolate natural nutty flavor .

NuttZo can be purchased at health food stores across the country (click here for a store locator), at most Whole Foods Markets, or on-line directly through the company’s website, through Amazon, Vitacost or iHerb. Each jar (original or chocolate) costs between $10 – $13 depending on where the jar is purchased. I initially purchased mine at Whole Foods and the jars were approximately $13 each – expensive but so worth every penny – especially on a piece of toasted whole grain Ezekiel 4:9 bread – my go-to snack at home. However, I recently purchased the original organic version for just under $10 a jar at Vitacost. The peanut-free version is more expensive – about $18 per jar at Whole Foods but $14 at Vitacost – but also worth the cost. You just won’t find a better tasting high quality nut and seed spread than NuttZo.

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