When you’re ballin’ on a budget, it’s convenient to stick to your staples. There’s no denying nut butters are awesome additions for snacks//breakfasts [or even lunch//dinner!] because of their long shelf-life, portability + versatility. For some, peanut butter is the ultimate nut butter — it’s great on toast, bananas, apples + in smoothies [or on a spoon #youdoyou]. For others, peanut butter simply doesn’t get the job done.
Whether you’re a peanut butter fiend or you’re not convinced of it’s deliciousness, we challenge you to try some of these alternatives — because it’s always fun to change up your routine ; ) Here’s a few for you to try!
1] ALMOND BUTTER
With 98 calories, 9g fat [mostly polyunsaturated + monounsaturated], less than 1g of sugar + 3.4g of protein per 1 tbsp — almond butter is a great alternative to peanut butter! It has the *good* fats, a decent amount of protein to increase fullness + is low on sugar. Try it with a banana, toast or mix it with peanut butter for the best of both worlds : )
2] CASHEW BUTTER
Your typical cashew butter will have 94 calories, 8g fat [slightly higher in saturated fat, so watch your portions ; )], 0.8g sugar + 2.8g protein per 1 tbsp. Cashews are one of the sweetest nuts, so you can be sure the nut butter will satisfy your sweet tooth while also keeping you satisfied until your next meal.
3] HAZELNUT BUTTER
With 100 calories, 5.5g fat [all saturated], 10g of sugar + 1g of protein — hazelnut butter is definitely a #treatyoself nut butter. While it’s probably not the best idea to eat as often as some of the other butters, you deserve to enjoy yourself every once in awhile + this is a tasty option!
4] SUNFLOWER SEED BUTTER
This nut butter has 99 calories, 9g fat [mostly polyunsaturated + monounsaturated], 1.7 g of sugar + 2.8 g of protein per 1 tbsp. This nut butter is definitely underrated + a great choice for those who want to branch out from the traditional peanut butter!
Outlined above are several alternatives to peanut butter, but it’s important to recognize that [with the exception of hazelnut] most of these nut butters have similar nutrient breakdowns. So it’s really up to you on which to choose — though it’s always nice to have options ; ) The brand + ingredients of individual nut butters may alter the nutrient breakdown slightly. Usually three or less ingredients are needed for nut butters — anything more may be adding extra fat or sugar! [One thing to note about these options — they have been outlined with a portion of 1 tbsp. Sometimes 1 tbsp is enough, but the typical serving is 2 tbsp — so you’re nutrients would all double in that case!]
Happy shopping! Share with us your #CHAARGeats when you try a new nut butter!
++Alyssa[@thebusybee_] // VirtCHAARG Pittsburgh