Smooth and creamy or thick and crunchy – either way, we love our nut butter. Any way we eat it, savoury or sweet, this awesome flavor leads to instant delight. One spoon of nut butter and all sweet cravings are gone. But can something so delicious really be so healthy? Even when it’s so high in calories? Here’s the deal:
First of all, when we talk about healthy nut butters, we talk about products that do not contain added sugar. Bear in mind that most discounters will sell you super sweet nut butters. Don’t fall into the trap! Choose products that are pure and only contain natural ingredients, namely nuts.
Once you’ve passed the “sugar-free hurdle”, you’re hit with the next challenge: which one do you choose? Peanut, almond, cashew, or walnut? What’s your favourite nut butter? To support you in your decision, here are some nutritional facts for each of them!
One tablespoon of peanut butter contains around 200 calories. Whaaaaat? 200 calories you say? Yes ok, that’s quite some number. But did you know that its high fat content might even help you feel more satiated with less food throughout the day? Furthermore, peanut butter contains significant amounts of fiber, protein, as well as magnesium, which supports bone building. Make your muscles grow and keeping your bones healthy. There’s only one thing for it: it’s peanut butter time!
Almond butter is considered to be the healthiest choice amongst all nut butters, since it’s even higher in vitamin E and iron compared to peanut butter. Almonds have been found to encourage the prevention of cardiovascular diseases and, apart from that, to positively affect insulin sensitivity. If you suffer from pre-diabetes, this is an excellent choice for you! Plus it tastes awesome in cakes and shakes. Just saying.
Cashew butter is the low-calorie winner! Full with vitamins, proteins and unsaturated fats, it has high impact on your muscle growth and skin tone. Choose butter from unsalted and raw cashew nuts and you will be able to benefit from all the nutrients you can get!
Walnuts are awesome. So you can just imagine how good walnut butter must be. But it goes way beyond taste alone. Get your daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids with walnut butter. It’s probably one of the least common nut butters, but definitely worth a try!
Whatever nut butter you chose, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Not only is it the key ingredient for great and healthy nut butter desserts, but it also adds so much flavour to sauces and on-the-go snacks! The combinations are endless. Don’t worry too much about calories. Those are only numbers of little importance, if you eat in moderation. Consider the many health benefits of nut butter instead. Buy yourself a healthy sweet treat, send us a photo of your nut butter dishes, and most importantly: enjoy!