Peanut butter is a great choice for a well-balanced meal plan. Provided you choose a natural one, you get lots of protein and healthy fats without all the sugar and salt found in some peanut butter brands. If you want to shake things up at mealtime, consider trying another spread instead of your usual peanut butter. Each of these is equally as delicious and lets you try something new, while also varying your nutrient intake.
1. Macadamia Nut Butter
This kind of nut butter is a bit higher in calories than peanut butter, so you want to go easy on it. However, it has a great flavor that allows a little to go a long way. Macadamia nut butter is packed with omega-3 fatty acids so it’s good for your brain and heart. Use it in place of peanut butter on a sandwich, spread it on apple slices or use it to make cookies or oatmeal.
2. Sunflower Seed Butter
Here’s a great choice for people who might be allergic to peanuts. It’s made from sunflower seeds so it has a really pleasant nutty flavor that works well with lots of ingredients. Sunflower seed butter pairs wonderfully with honey and jam so use it to make a sandwich at lunchtime. It’s high in healthy fats so you can feel good about eating sunflower seed butter. Yum!
3. Almond Butter
Many people find that almond butter is sweeter than peanut butter, which means you can eat a little bit less of it, saving you calories. Almond butter is really good for you, with healthy fats and tons of protein. You can use it anywhere you’d typically use peanut butter. Try it on waffles in the morning or fill celery stalks with almond butter for a healthy and delicious snack anytime of the day or night.
4. Cashew Butter
If you like snacking on cashews, you will love cashew butter. It’s slightly less sweet than peanut butter and a bit higher in fat. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat it, just that you should do so in moderation. Cashew butter has a pretty intense flavor when compared to peanut butter so chances are you won’t need too much of it anyway. Try cashew butter on crackers or apple slices.
5. Soy Nut Butter
If you want something that has a totally different flavor than peanut butter, this is the spread for you. It’s slightly lumpier in texture than peanut butter, but if you like the taste of soybeans, you will love soy nut butter. It’s great on fruit or sandwiches. You’re going to love it!
6. Walnut Butter
You don’t see walnut butter very often, but if you can get your hands on some, you should definitely try it. It’s higher in omega-3 fatty acids than peanut butter, which is great news for the health of your heart and brain. It has a really pleasing taste that you are going to love on crackers.
7. Hazelnut Butter
Nutella is made from hazelnuts and chocolate and I know you really love it. The thing is that the chocolate is pretty high in sugar, which makes Nutella a food you shouldn’t be eating in large amounts. Try hazelnut butter on its own and skip the chocolate altogether. You will love the nutty flavor of hazelnut butter combined with honey on a sandwich.
Have you ever tried any of these spreads? Which one is your favorite?