For the Love of Peanut Butter

Image courtesy of the Sunland Peanut butter website at http://www.sunlandinc.com/zcom/product/Product.do?compid=788&prodid=7646

Dark Chocolate peanut butter! Is there anything better?

I love peanut butter. It is a staple in my house, and everyone in my family regularly takes turns eating it straight from the jar.

As a kid, I wasn’t a lunch meat girl. It was (natural) peanut butter and honey sandwiches in my plaid lunchbox.

When I was pregnant peanut butter was the primary source of quality protein in my diet, since I could “handle” it.

My son, who is not allergic to peanuts, had peanut butter sandwiches nearly every day for lunch during elementary school. That was a 5 year food jag. At 20 he still loves it.

I panic if a client/patient does not like, or cannot eat, peanut butter. It is a nice blend of protein and healthy fat to satisfy an afternoon hunger pang.

It goes great with apples, crackers and in a smoothie.

Two tablespoons (golf ball size) of peanut butter is 180-200 calories, 16 grams of fat (only 3 grams saturated), 8 grams of protein, and no cholesterol.

It comes 100% natural with no added salt or sugar, natural with added salt, or the type with added sugars. Crunchy or creamy makes no difference in the nutritional value.

You can get it flavored: honey, raspberry, and even dark chocolate. Be careful with dark chocolate, since it could very likely be the perfect food. While these have some added sugar, the benefit of peanut butter, with its high monounsaturated fat content, generally outweighs the added sugar if that is your preference.

One of my biggest “peeves” about peanut butter: reduced fat peanut butter! Drives me nuts…Reduced fat peanut butter takes out the healthy fat, adds in more salt and sugar, but the calories are the same. Go for the “regular”! It is better for you.

Justin’s Nut Butter has single serve packs that are great to stash in the office, purse, travel with and just carry around to make people jealous. Justin’s peanut butter comes in regular, honey and chocolate.

Sunland Peanut Butter, made with New Mexico grown Valencia peanuts (the best tasting peanut in the world) originates from Portales in eastern NM. In addition to the regular organic, Sunland carries flavor infused peanut butter such as the above mentioned raspberry, banana and even a Chipotle Chile. Try that on a cracker.

The other brands are great, but the fewer ingredients in it the better. All peanut butter requires is a good blender or something to mash those peanuts. Don’t dump the oil either; otherwise it is nearly impossible to spread! That oil is good for you too.

How do you like your peanut butter? I take mine with a spoon most of the time, or add it to my smoothie.

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