Peanut butter is great. We love it in sandwiches, as a dip for apple slices, and in shakes. It’s a great source of protein and healthy fats. However, not everybody shares our love for PB. Some folks are allergic to peanuts. Additionally, even the people who eat peanut butter by the gallons may want to try something else here and there. Here are seven options for you to try.
1. Almond butter. A serving of two tablespoons (just over an ounce) provides almost 50% of your daily values of vitamin E, which helps to reduce the rate of aging in body cells. The calorie count, as for all nut and seed products, is not low at 200 per serving. Spread thin.
2. Tahini. a great source of protein and calcium from the Middle‐Eastern kitchen. Tahini is made from ground sesame seeds. It is usually served as a dip. A 2-ounce serving contains 300 calories, 15% of your daily value of fiber, and 30 grams of fat, mostly polyunsaturated (the desirable kind). Tahini is rich in calcium, iron, and vitamin B1.
3. Sunflower seed butter. Extremely rich in vitamin E and manganese, sunflower seed butter contains cholesterol lowering phytosterols.
4. Hazelnut butter . (Nutella is the most famous brand, and so heavily sweetened, that you won’t need to add jelly to your sandwich).
5. Hummus. Another Middle Eastern favorite, hummus is a garbanzo bean (chickpea) spread. Chickpeas have no saturated fat, and no cholesterol. They help lower blood sugar levels and fight cholesterol. They are high in protein, making them a perfect addition to a vegetarian’s diet.
6. Bean dips. Beans are very low in saturated fat. They are also a good source of fiber, protein, folate, iron, and magnesium.
Try all of them to see which you like best and let us know your choice.