Almond Butter – The Healthier Alternative to Peanut Butter

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The Naked Radish Recommendation: Artisana Raw Organic Almond Butter 

Yummy, creamy, gooey, delicious almond butter – oh, how I love thee!

Here’s our almond butter story: when we dove head first into the world of natural health years ago, we were eating peanut butter like it was going out of business. Seriously, isn’t everything a little more delicious with a scoop (yeah, I said scoop – no judging!) of peanut butter: Ezekiel bread, apples, celery and raisins, smoothies, or oatmeal. Oh, and of course, the best way is straight out of the jar. For years we continued sprucing all foods imaginable up with peanut butter until one day a natural health expert shared the major differences between almond butter and peanut butter – and that it’s much healthier to choose almond butter.

While almond butter and peanut butter have roughly the same nutritional profiles (carbs, proteins, fats,), peanut crops are susceptible to afungus called aflatoxins. Various studies have shown aflatoxins are carcinogenic and the FDA even regulates the amount allowed. However, as the health expert pointed out, you can never be too careful with a known carcinogenic – it’s better to be safe than sorry.  Plus, if you’re trying to lose a few pounds, many people think that almond butter tends to be more filling than peanut butter – meaning you eat less and still feel satisfied.

If you eat peanut butter now and want to switch over to almond butter (good move), know that the flavors are slightly different.  We personally couldn’t fathom going back to peanut butter because the taste of almond butter is out of this world, but it can take a little time to switch your taste buds. Next time you’re shopping for nut butters, try buying 2 jars of Almond Butter to every 1 jar of peanut butter. Then you can move only to eating almond butter when you’re ready.

While we mentioned that almond butter tends to help people lose weight compared to peanut butter, you still don’t want to go (too) crazy eating just nut butter!  According to the USDA Food Pyramid, almond butter equals 1 serving from the Meat and Beans Group, so just like you wouldn’t sit and eat 5 steaks in one sitting, same goes for tablespoons of almond butter.  Here’s the nutritional info for 1 tablespoon of raw, unprocessed almond butter:

1 Tablespoon = 2 grams Protein, 9 grams fat, 4 grams carbs = 100 calories = loads of Magnesium, Manganese, 4% of daily calcium, 3% of Iron, and several B Vitamins – riboflavin, folate, and niacin.

What’s also great about almond butter is it’s an easy, quick, and long-lasting fuel food since it consists of 8% protein, 78% fat, and 14% carbs. This is a perfect ratio to keep you satisfied. If you’re thinking “wow, 78% fat – that’s a lot”, stop! Using fat for energy is so much better than using carbs in the form of grains for energy. Forget any hype you heard about fat – it is not the enemy! Ok, whew, glad that’s settled, now we can get to the fun part – eating it!

As professional almond butter lovers, the Naked Radish has to recommend our favorite almond butter: Artisana, made with 100% raw, organic almonds. Just talking about this now makes me want to run to the kitchen – self-control. Ok, what we love about this almond butter is it’s Organic, Macrobiotic, Vegan, Raw, Kosher, and Gluten-Free. It’s ahhhmaaazing in smoothies, raw dessert recipes, and (of course) right off the spoon!

The Naked Radish Recommendation: Artisana Raw Organic Almond Butter 

Now it’s time for you to get your almond butter on! Enjoy!

 



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