March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day. Thinking about this holiday is bound to evoke childhood memories, right? Peanut butter was a lunch and snack staple. Now that you’re a nutrition-conscious adult, you may avoid peanut butter due to allergies, taste preferences or an utter fear of hydrogenated oil. We don’t blame you! If organic peanut butter isn’t your thing or you just want to shake things up, we’ve rounded up 6 yummy peanut butter alternatives, plus nutrition info.
Almond Butter is a healthy choice. Almonds are rich in vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium,a good fiber source and contains protein.
Pistachio Butter has a bright green appearance, with a sweet, roasted flavor. Pistachios are delicious tree nuts and a good source of antioxidants, carotenoids, potassium and even an important amino acid arginine. They also contain healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, which can enhance you heart health.
Pumpkin Seed Butter has a high nutritional value as it’s rich in iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin E, vitamin K and zinc. Pumpkin seeds are naturally in protein and unsaturated fat, making it a wonderful alternative to peanut butter.
Hazelnut Butter has a rich, nutty flavor. Hazelnuts are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, known to help lower bad cholesterol. For maximum nutritional benefits, you can make your own raw hazelnut butter.
Cashew Butter is similar to peanut butter, but has less fiber and protein. Cashews provide a good dose of magnesium, essential amino acids,and heart-healthy fats.
Sunflower Seed Butter: is low is saturated fat and sodium, great for those conscious of cholesterol levels and heart health. Sunflower seeds are a wonderful source of vitamin E, offering anti-inflammatory benefits and aiding in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. They also contain magnesium and selenium.
What are your favorite alternative spreads?
Note: nutritional value based on a serving of two tablespoons. Seed butters are the best option for those with tree nut allergies.