What happens when I’m starving, there is no food in the house, and I’m too lazy to get groceries?
I go to the kitchen, grab a large spoon, head to the pantry for the peanut butter jar…and go to town on that sucker.
There are a lot of great things about peanut butter. Obviously it’s delicious, but it’s also an inexpensive way to get protein and healthy fats. The key is moderation.
Nutrition facts on peanut butter jars say one serving is about 2 tbsp, which holds roughly 200 calories, 15g of fat, and 8 grams of protein. When I’m being good, I stick to 1 tbsp so I don’t eat most of my daily fat servings in one sitting. (Recommended servings of fat per day is 20-30% of your daily calories.)
In terms of brand, I usually go with Justin’s All Natural Almond Butter (especially the honey kind!), mostly because I can pronounce all the ingredients on the label. If we can’t pronounce the ingredients in our foods, we probably don’t want them in our bodies.
Also worth noting when you’re choosing your peanut butter…“Reduced Fat” does not mean healthy. Reduced Fat versions of peanut butter typically have the same amount of calories as the full-fat versions, plus extra sugar (carbs) that the producers have to add to make up for the missing fat taste.
There are so many brands of nut butter nowadays and some grocery stores even let you make your own! We just have to keep an eye on the labels.
What’s your favorite kind of nut butter? What do you like to eat it with (or do you eat in spoonfuls like me)?