So I dropped the ball and missed my National Peanut Butter Day post. However, in my opinion I think peanut butter deserves a lot more attention than one day anyways.
I’ll be the first admit I’m a total sucker for peanut butter… specifically chunky peanut butter. There could be worse obsessions right? I love it in everything from yogurt to chicken. It offers a great source of protein and is just plain tasty. What’s even better is it fits into any time of day. Despite what you have heard peanut butter is not bad for you and doesn’t “make you fat” if you know when, how, and how much to eat of it.
Here’s some great information on the benefits of eating peanut butter and better yet some suggestions of ways to make it extra tasty. Check it out:
Benefits: Good protein source (7 grams per serving), full of healthy fats, full of potassium, fiber (2 grams per serving)
Tasty Ideas: spread on toast for breakfast, put a tbsp into your oatmeal or yogurt for a sweetened protein treat, mix with chicken to spice up a Thai recipe, mix into a protein shake, or spread on fruit for dessert
What’s your favorite use for peanut butter?
Now buyer beware… there is too much of a good thing ALWAYS, no matter how healthy an item is it still can pack a punch if you don’t watch out. Generally PB runs you 200 calories for 2 tbsp so that doesn’t mean it’s bad just stick to one of two tbsp’s! There are brands that are slightly altered versions of peanut butter that give you extra indulging space too like Better n Butter brand which offers 2 tbsp for 100 calories too but if you can act in moderation stick with the original.