The next time you reach for the butter to add to your bagel or toast, think again. Why not use a healthy nut butter such as peanut or almond butter.
Nut butters are very healthy for a number of reasons:
- Contain mostly healthy fat (mono and polyunsaturated fats).
- Contain protein.
- Contain fiber.
- Contain a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Butter or cream cheese are both predominately unhealthy fat (saturated), have zero grams of fiber and contain little to no protein at all.
The benefit of swapping out your everyday butter or cream cheese, will mean your doing something better for your heart and it will keep you more full thanks to the protein.
Here’s the Peanut Butter I’m currently eating:
This is similar to any other smooth natural peanut butter you will find.
Here’s my label:
Nutrition Tidbit: Nut Butter
- Read the ingredients. You should find: nuts (peanuts, almonds, cashews, etc) and maybe salt (if you prefer it salty).
- Avoid any nut butters with trans fat (partially hydrogenated oil) and/or sugar.
- Many “natural” nut butters add palm oil, which is a saturated fat, to help prevent the oil from separating. I recommend avoiding ones with palm oil since it adds unnecessary saturated fat.
- Since there are no additives or preservatives, you must keep the nut butter in your refrigerator as nuts do go bad.
What’s your favorite nut butter and how do you like to eat it?
My favorite is peanut butter and I love it on a hot toasted whole wheat english muffin with sliced banana – yum!