Many of us have fond childhood memories of licking creamy peanut butter off a spoon — but if you developed a taste for this rich spread more recently, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the tasty new interpretations on offer. Here’s how to pick the best.
Fats are back!
Long gone are bland and boring, low-fat diets. Healthy fats are enjoying a something of a comeback, thanks to their numerous health benefits, and peanut butter is a great source of heart-healthy unsaturated fats.
But not all peanut butters are equal. Some have added sugars, oil and emulsifiers, while others are made up of less than 25 per cent nuts! Mother Earth Natural Peanut Butter has no additives, emulsifiers, added oils or sugar – it’s just ground peanuts (with a little salt for flavour), which means it has a higher level of healthy monounsaturated fats than other brands. Mother Earth exclusively uses Hi Oleic peanuts which can help boost ‘good’ cholesterol while reducing ‘bad’ cholesterol.
Nuts for nutrition
Nuts are rich in folate, and vitamins B and E – and nut butters are a tasty way to enjoy these nutritional benefits. Peanut butter is also high in hunger-busting protein and fibre. So, if you’re looking for a toast-topper that really satisfies, peanut butter is your best pick. In the June 2017 issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine, we highlight the ten best nut butters, and Mother Earth Natural Peanut Butter takes out two of the top spots!
Beyond peanut butter
Want to bring delicious diversity and more ‘good’ fats to your diet? You no longer have to choose between just smooth or crunchy peanut butter – these days there is a whole new range of nut spreads available made from nuts and seeds, including cashews, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), chia and sunflower seeds.
The Mother Earth Natural Peanut Butter range includes your all-time favourites, crunchy and smooth. If you’re after a five-health-star rating, you’ll probably make a beeline for their other new varieties with chia seeds or LSA blend. Chia and LSA (linseed, sunflower seed and almond) blend peanut butters boost the protein content, as well as good fats.
Go nuts – at any time of day!
A handful of nuts (about 30g) each day is a great source of healthy fats, protein and fibre, yet few of us eat this amount to reach our daily target. But did you know that a tablespoon of peanut butter is equivalent to a handful of nuts? And, one of the best things about nut butter is its versatility. Enjoy it on toast or as a dip for vegies; you can even stir peanut butter into salad dressings and stir-fries — crack open a jar and let your imagination run wild!
Here are three of our favourite ways to enjoy peanut butter: