One of my very favorite mid-morning snacks is a granny smith apple with a smooth and creamy almond butter. The crunchy tart fruit combined with the smooth nutty butter is an A+ in my book and shields my tummy from hunger pangs for the next few hours. And often a long hike, I will treat myself to a 1/2 to 1 cup serving of Healthy Choice’s vanilla bean Greek yogurt with, again, almond butter. I simply love the taste, topping the classic peanut butter, and it’s a bit healthier for you to boot.
Almond butter has more minerals than peanut butter, more fiber, fewer carbohydrates, and about half the amount of saturated fat. It is packed with vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and phytosterols – helping to regulate your body’s blood sugar, lower your risk of a heart attack, and reduce elevated cholesterol levels.
Perhaps I was a bit spoiled or lucky as I fell in love with the very first almond butter brand I ever purchased and tasted. I must confess, I became a little obsessed with new food now a staple in my diet, stocked up in my cupboard and initially eaten a few to several times a week.
If you decide to give almond butter a chance with your own taste buds, below are the almond butters I have tasted and tried. As with any other food item, when selecting an almond butter be certain to read the label. For your healthiest option, choose one that have undergone minimal heat processing and has very little added ingredients.
Barney Butter Almond Butter Smooth
This was the very first almond butter I tasted and remains my absolute favorite. Smooth and creamy, the taste tops any peanut butter I have ever eaten. Ever. It’s typically found in the organic section of the supermarket. Ingredients: almonds, evaporated cane juice, palm Fruit oil, sea salt. For those with allergies, Barney Butter is peanut free and made in an almond only facility. Other almond butters by Barney Butter include: Almond Butter Cocoa Coconut, Almond Butter Crunchy, Almond Butter Honey Flax, Almond Butter Raw Chia, Almond Butter Vanilla Bean Espresso, and Bare Almond Butter Smooth. Nutrients per 2 Tbsp. (32g) serving size: 180 Calories, 140 Fat Calories, 15g Total Fat (1.5g Saturated Fat, 0g Trans Fat), 6g Protein, 100mg Sodium, 8g Total Carbs (3g Dietary Fiber, 3g Sugars).
This is my second favorite of the almond butters. Like Barney Butter, no stirring is required and you can simply just start eating it right from the jar. But unfortunately, the Jif Almond Butter contains hydrated vegetable oils, which is an ingredient to be avoided. It’s found with the mainstream peanut butters in the supermarket. Ingredients: roasted almonds, hydrated vegetable oils (rapeseed, cottonseed and soybean), sunflower oil, contains 2% of or less of salt. For those with allergies, it contains cashew ingredients and may contain Brazil nut, hazelnut, macadamia nut and pine nut ingredients. Jif also makes Almond Butter Crunchy and two Cashew Butters, one smooth and one crunchy. Nutrients per 2 Tbsp. (33g) serving size: 190 Calories, 150 Fat Calories, 16g Total Fat (2g Saturated Fat, 0g Trans Fat), 7g Protein, 100mg Sodium, 8g Total Carbs (3g Dietary Fiber, 3g Sugars).
This almond butter is very nutty and a more earthy and gritty taste. Unlike the other butters, it contains palm fruit oil, which is composed of 50% saturated fat and 50% unsaturated. It’s found in the organic section of the supermarket and also comes in convenient 32 packet sizes perfect for when on the go. Ingredients: dry roasted almonds and organic palm fruit oil. For those with allergies, it may contain trace amounts of peanuts and hazelnuts. Chocolate Almond Butter, Honey Almond Butter Blend, Maple Almond Butter, and Vanilla Almond Butter also made and are available by Justin. Nutrients per 2 Tbsp. (32g) serving size: 200 Calories, 160 Fat Calories, 18 Total Fat (2g Saturated Fat, 0g Trans Fat), 7g Protein, 100mg Sodium, 6g Total Carbs (2g Dietary Fiber, 7g Sugars).
Wegmans Organic Smooth Almond Butter Unsalted
This almond butter is also very nutty and gritty taste, needing to be stirred before using and refrigerated after opening. Of all of the almond butters, this one is my least favorite but perhaps you will feel differently as taste is, after all, a personally preference. It can be found in the organic section in Wegmans’ grocery stores. Ingredients: organic dry roasted unblanched almonds. For those with allergies, it may contain other tree nuts, peanuts and soy. Crunchy also available. Nutrients per 2 Tbsp. (30g) serving size: 190 Calories, 160 Fat Calories, 18 Total Fat (1.5g Saturated Fat, 0g Trans Fat), 5g Protein, 0mg Sodium, 6g Total Carbs (1g Dietary Fiber, 2g Sugars).
So the next time your picking up groceries, pick up a jar of almond butter and give it go as it’s all about finding healthy guilt-free options. A tablespoon tastes delish on whole-wheat toast, is a great kick in your morning oatmeal, adds boost to shakes and smoothies, and of course is yummy when filled in celery and topped on bananas. Enjoy!
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