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 to have it in 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 or 2 tbsp…
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.
Shopping Tip: If you can’t pronounce the ingredients on the label, you probably don’t want them in your body so don’t buy it.
Also worth noting when you’re choosing a 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.
There are so many brands of nut butter nowadays and some grocery stores even let you make your own! Enjoy the variety, but watch your labels and as best you can, keep servings in moderation.
What’s your favorite kind of nut butter? What do you like to eat it with (or do you eat in spoonfuls like me)?