Various long-standing treats such as peanut butter, jam and chocolate spread have now turned into guilt-ridden indulgences due to their high sugar and hydrogenated fat content.
However, we have the answer! Healthier alternatives to these spreads have been created, the nut butter.
Nut butters are made with all natural ingredients, pressing the nuts to form a smooth and creamy spread. They contain many health benefits and are brilliant for those wanting to lose weight, eat foods with slow release energy, vegans and many more.
So here are 10 reasons why you need to switch to the nut butter alternative:
They contain many key nutrients
Vitamin E and B, magnesium, protein and fibre are all found within nut butters. These ingredients are proven to be essential for healthy digestion and muscle/bone growth and repair, making nut butters a great food to fuel your body.
Contain the good fats
Monounsaturated fats are a healthier and natural alternative to refined polyunsaturated and trans fats. These refined fats can be found in most processed foods along with peanut butters, jams and other popular spreads, they are not found in nut butters.
Monounsaturated fats have also been proven to reduce cholesterol, lower the risk of heart disease and stroke and help you maintain a healthy weight, great those conscious of their health!
They aid weight loss and keep you fuller for longer!
Nut butters have a high protein content, protein boosts metabolism and makes you feel fuller for longer compared to carbohydrates and fat. The fibre in nut butters also takes up a lot of space in your stomach without providing any calories, result! The combination of protein and fibre therefore aids weight loss and decreases your need to snack!
They’re a great source of energy
Due to the high content of healthy fats, protein and vitamins (used by the entire body to grow, develop and function properly), nut butters are extremely energy-dense. A spoonful of nut butter every morning with breakfast will give your body all the tools it needs to properly function!
The ranges are diverse and packed with vitamins
Unlike other spreads, nut butters are available in many different forms and flavours. Walnut, almond, hazelnut and sunflower seed to name a few, each with their own individual health benefit.
Calcium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus are all important for building and maintaining strong bones. Nut butters contain these key ingredients meaning they are a brilliant food to consume for any sport or gym lover!
Versatile for cooking and baking
These nut butters are so diverse and can be used in numerous ways. In the morning use as a spread on top of pancakes or spooned onto your favourite breakfast cereal. Alternatively use as a baking ingredient for many recipes such as almond butter and banana muffins, or in savoury dishes like chicken satay or walnut butter spooned on top of a beetroot and feta salad.
The majority of nut butters are vegan. They’re also a brilliant natural source of plant-based protein (on average 4 grams of protein per tablespoon). Perfect for vegan or vegetarians looking for a healthy and protein-packed snack/ingredient!
Textures make snacking mindful
As nut butters are made by pressing and grinding the nuts, natural oils and flavours are rich and the consistency becomes thick and creamy. This slows down eating and makes it ‘mindful’ allowing you to really enjoy the textures and flavours.
Mindful eating is becoming increasingly popular, brands such as Mindful Bites have designed specific ranges of nut butters and snacks with the aim to make snacking enjoyable and intentional.
They have no added sugar!
Most peanut butters in the market contain high sugar contents (average of 3 grams of sugar per 2 tablespoons). Consuming too much sugar can lead to energy crashes, inability to concentrate and high blood pressure. Nut butters are extremely low in sugar (average of 1.1 grams of sugar per 2 tablespoons), any sugar is naturally occurring from the carbohydrate and fat of the nut!
All natural ingredients
Nut butters typically consist of all natural ingredients, unlike other high sugar and fat spreads. Characteristically the only ingredients used to create nut butter are the nuts themselves, a pinch of salt and natural flavourings! This creates tasty, organic and vegan-friendly butters that can be enjoyed by all.