- You get the same delicious flavor as the nut it’s made with
- The nut butter has the same nutritional value as the nut it’s made with, except for any additional ingredients such as oil or salt
- A more versatile use than nuts, since it can be used as an ingredient in cooking both sweet and savory foods.
- The most popular sandwich in this country is peanut butter and jelly although many prefer their peanut butter sandwiches with mayonnaise or bananas
- Peanut butter has 180 to 210 calories for every 2 tablespoons. In just 2 tablespoons you get 8 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber. That’s a fantastic contribution to anyone’s nutrition.
- The satiety value of peanut butter is unequaled by any other food you might eat in such a small amount, so you can ward off your munchies attack and temptations when cutting back on your food intake to lower calories.
- If it’s weight gain you need, adding peanut butter to your snacks and smoothies will add the needed calories and nutrients in really a small bites
- Did you know that 8 ounces of most commercially manufactured supplements cost as much as $2.00 per serving and provide 240 calories and 8 grams of protein? So don’t waste time and money on supplements. Snack on and supplement with delicious and nutritious peanut butter
Worried about nutrition?
The nutrient content of commercially prepared peanut butter is affected by the ingredients used in manufacturing, so it’s important to read all labels to identify excessive sugars, fats and flavorings as well as preservatives that might be added. Using a good brand of organic peanut butter is best. And don’t worry about the separation of oils from solids, just stir before using. If you keep it over a period of time, you may need to refrigerate it since without preservatives it might become rancid – and yes, it will harden. Check the label after opening and play it safe.
Do you want to make your own peanut butter?
There are many recipes on the web, including one that’s become a favorite of many of my clients. All you need is peanuts – it’s your choice whether you like them raw or roasted, and a food processor or strong blender. Process the peanuts as smooth or coarse and you want your butter to be. If you add salt go light as too much salt will mask the flavor nut flavor as well as increase sodium content of the butter. If you want a creamier butter you will need to add a small amount of a flavorless vegetable oil, and for a sweeter taste you may also add sugar or a sweetener. My advice is, eat it without the additional salt or sweetener and limit the oil to the minimum amount needed to avoid altering its nutritional value excessively.
What's your favorite way to eat peanut butter? Although there are many delicious savory sauces to use it in, most people prefer eating it as a sweet combination. Have you tried it with chocolate? if you like the combination, try it our way! In a rich, delicious and nutritious Peanut Butter Cup Pudding.