If you know me at all, you know that I love love love nut butters. Eat it out of the jar kind of love. Being used to a plethora of choices in NYC of all types of nut butters, I faced quite a shock in Crete where I was lucky to find organic-no-crap-added peanut butter. And that was basically it.

That being said, tahini is a star here. You can find roasted and not roasted. Plain, with honey, or even chocolate. Naturally, my love for tahini grew too, and for good reasons! What is tahini, you ask? It is ground up sesame seeds, and it's yummy. 

  1. Good for your bones and blood vessels. Because it contains copper and calcium, tahini helps strengthen and add elasticity in blood vessels, bones, and joints. Magnesium in tahini supports vascular and respiratory health, and zinc helps support the immune system.
  2. Easy to digest. Because tahini is made of ground sesame seeds, it passes easily through the digestive tract.
  3. A great source of iron. A tablespoon contains 15% of daily intake.
  4. B Vitamins. It contains vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6. These vitamins help your metabolism, regulates nervous system function, protects the liver and kidney from free-radical damage, and is good for your heart as well as immune health
  5. Vitamin E. This vitamin is good for the brain, but also for your skin and nails, and is a powerful antioxidant.
  6. Hello, protein! It's a great source of plant-based protein. Great for a post-workout snack. Or just any time of day really :)
  7. Detox power. Because tahini is a great source of Omega-3, it helps your liver functioning properly, which in turns helps your body detox naturally.

I like to add tahini to my morning smoothies, eat it with a piece of fruit, drizzle it over my breakfast bowls, and add a bit of honey to it sometimes, which makes it taste like halva. How do you like to eat tahini?

 

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