Well here it goes. I like to eat peanut butter. And almond butter. ALOT.
Growing up, I used to eat Skippy peanut butter. That was until I started to learn about nutrition. Not the kind of nutrition where you focus on the calories, but the kind of nutrition where you look at the ingredients before you look at the label.
Here is what you will find in Skippy peanut butter:
Roasted peanuts, corn syrup solids, sugar, soy protein, hydrogenated vegetable oils (cotton seed, soybean and rapeseed) plus some fortified vitamins and minerals………
WOAH thats a lot of processed ingredients in one jar. If you eat peanut butter every day, like I do, it is important to make sure that you are choosing a peanut butter brand with good quality ingredients.
The good news is that you don’t have to give up your love for peanut butter. There are plenty of other options to choose from. Say goodbye to your childhood friends skippy and jiffy. I promise, you will be better off.
Guidelines to a healthy peanut butter
- Ingredients should ONLY list: “Peanuts” *
- Oil should be floating on top of the butter. The should be separated**
*If you are not brave enough to go unsalted for your first jar of healthy peanut butter, then gradually change your peanut butter. Make sure to avoid added sugars AND palm oil/ safflower oil/ sunflower oil.
** If the oil and butter are separated it means that there are no artificial ingredients or binders in the peanut butter. When you open the peanut butter, stir it with a knife until the oil and butter are well-incorporated. Then put the jar in the fridge and then the butter and oil will stay combined.
My peanut butter of choice is the organic unsalted creamy peanut butter from Whole Foods. It is about $4.99 and even though it says unsalted, it still has a salty flavor. The other option is the unsalted creamy peanut butter from Trader Joes for $2.79. Or, if you are in San Diego, you can check out the options for quality peanut butters at Jimbo’s….Naturally!
Peanut Butter goes well with just about everything. Here are my favorites:
- Apple and peanut butter
- Peanut butter in a smoothie… YUM!
- Peanut butter stuffed dates
- Peanut butter on a spoon (yes, I do this from time to time)