The Better Butter

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:

  1. Contain mostly healthy fat (mono and polyunsaturated fats).
  2. Contain protein.
  3. Contain fiber.
  4. 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!

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5 Responses

  1. Raw almond butter is my favorite. I eat it on steamed brussels sprouts, broccoli, and spinach 🙂

  2. My favorite is also peanut butter! I love the PB from Trader Joes that has sea salt and flaxseeds. I also like to smear a bit of extra virgin coconut oil on my toast.

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  4. I love PB or AB with apples, bananas and I also like making “ants on a log” – celery with nut butter and raisins! Eve, I have a quick question though, is natural nut butter better than reduced-fat regular nut butter?

    • Great Question!! I recommend getting the regular nut butter over the reduced fat, the reason for this is the calories are similar, and the fat is healthy fat which keeps you full longer! Most of the reduced fat peanut butters add sugar or other additives to improve flavor. Hope that helps.

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