Let’s face it: nuts are one of those things that you either dislike or "go nuts" over – for most, there is little to no middle ground. For those who love nuts, there's a great way to enjoy more of your favorites... nut butter!
In addition to the fiber and protein that nut butters have, they’re packed full of healthy fats and nutrients. Take a look at these tasty nut butter profiles and see if there are any that you’d like to sample.
When it comes to nut butters, peanut butter is by far the most common. Although it is not technically a nut (but a legume), peanuts are rich in B vitamins, copper, manganese, and vitamin E. They are also high in protein, making them a great snack – both in nut and butter form.
Cashew butter is another popular nut butter, well-loved for its creamy, sweet texture. It's versatile and can easily be transformed into a sweet or savory spread. This nut butter is also rich in magnesium, zinc, and of course, protein.
Almond butter is slightly sweet and has a unique (yet lovely), mellow taste. It is a bit gritty due to the skins on the almonds, but regardless of the texture, almond butter is loaded with nutrients including magnesium, B vitamins, and vitamin E.
Walnut butter, much like the nut from which it comes, is earthy and dense. It’s packed full of tasty goodness, too. The area where this nut butter really excels, though, is that it’s the only nut with a significant amount of the essential omega-3 fatty acid, ALA.
Pumpkin Seed Butter
One of the lesser-known nut butters, pumpkin seed butter, is a tasty butter to dip veggies in or use in place of peanut butter on bread. For health benefits, two tablespoons of pumpkin seed butter provides a significant helping of zinc.
As you can see, there’s something for everything. Go ahead – get yourself some of these nut butters and enjoy them on wholegrain toast, crackers, or apple slices. You won’t be disappointed!
What about you – what nut butters are YOU nuts about?