There are two types of people in the world.
Those who love the flavor of peanut butter + chocolate. And those who don’t have taste buds.
Wow am I ever sorry for those people.
Perhaps a more common type of people are the ones who still think Jif is good for you (hello genetically-modified hydrogenated fats…how you doin’?!) and using nut butters (where the oils rise to the top) is something for only health-nut weirdos.
To those readers, let me tell you something. Discovering the world of natural nut butters is like an underground troll finding sunlight for the first time. It might be a bit overwhelming at first but once you adjust to seeing the light, you realize what you’ve been missing all this time.
Although experimenting with natural nut butters can be awkward — especially when you’re taste buds have been conditioned to like hydrogenated peanut butter full of added sugars — if you push through the discomfort for just a little while, you will soon realize that this “weird” nut butter is actually really amazing. And before you know it, you’ll be one of those “health nuts” who has to ask their husband to confiscate the almond butter so you stop eating it straight out of the jar.
Umm…not that I know anyone like that…or anything…
Nut butters are definitely high in fat, but it’s great fat that your body (and brain) need to live well. This is a classic example of a high-calorie food that’s good for you. Maybe not straight out of the jar, mind you, but a serving of two tablespoons of almond butter gives me 8g of protein, 10% of my daily calcium, and 6% of my daily iron.
And a whole lotta lovin’.
That same two tablespoons delivers 11g of monounsaturated fat, which is known to benefit insulin levels and control blood sugar¹ while also reducing our bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing our good cholesterol (HDL)². And of course, improving our blood cholesterol levels means a decreased risk of heart disease.
See I’m eating spoonfuls of almond butter for my heart, yo.