When asked my favorite food, my answer is always nut butter! Since I love all nut butters it is hard to decide which type of nut butter is my favorite. Did you know that nuts are rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which studies have shown to reduce the risk of heart disease? The combination of protein, fat and fiber will definitely keep you satisfied. Why choose one type of nut butter, since each nut butter is so delicious, and provides its own nutritional benefits.
Peanut Butters: Did you know that peanuts are technically legumes and not nuts? Two tablespoons of peanut butter provide 8g of protein, 2 g fiber and are a source of niacin, folate, resveratrol, vitamin E and magnesium.
Almond Butters: A good source of nutrients including vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, and protein. For those who find peanut butter too addicting, almond butter is still delicious and many people find they are able to control their portions better with almond butter.
Walnut Butters: A good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are shown to have anti-Inflammatory properties.
Cashew Butters: These nuts contain important vitamins and minerals including iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese.
HOW TO CHOOSE NUT BUTTERS WHEN SHOPPING
I always recommend choosing nut butters that have the fewest ingredients. The only ingredient necessary to make nut butter is nuts, so avoid those long ingredient lists!
WAYS TO TRY NUT BUTTERS
- On whole wheat toast with sliced apples, pears, blueberries or bananas on top
- Use it as protein in your favorite smoothie recipe
- Add nut butter as an oatmeal topping
- Stir it into plain Greek yogurt
- Use it in baked goods
- Use in sauce recipes to create a peanut sauce
- On crackers
- Mash a ripe banana, and stir 1 tablespoon of nut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon with the banana. Spread the mixture onto a graham cracker half, and place another graham cracker half on top. Freeze this overnight for a frozen treat!
What is your favorite nut butter recipe?