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TIP OF THE DAY: Almond Butter

We love peanut butter. But more and more children are being diagnosed with severe peanut allergies. The condition affects some three million Americans. In extreme cases, anaphylactic shock can be fatal within minutes.

As a result, more and more schools are banning peanut products, eliminating that lunch staple, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

But there’s another kid-pleasing option that is a find for anyone: almond butter. It’s just as delicious; some people may find it even more so.

Almond butter can be substituted for peanut butter in any recipe. It’s available in smooth and crunchy varieties. And it’s also sold in individual-serving snack packs that are easily portable.

Nutritionally, almond butter and peanut butter are similar, with 190 calories per two tablespoons.

  • PB has slightly more protein than AB (8 grams vs. 6 grams), and less fiber (2 grams vs. 3 grams).
  • PB has a bit more saturated and polyunsaturated fat. AB has a healthier fat profile, with almost 50% more monounsaturated fat.
  • PB provides about 20% of one’s DV (daily value) of niacin; AB provides 40% DV of vitamin E and 20% DV of manganese. It is also a good source of magnesium, copper and other nutrients.
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    All natural Barney Butter almond butter is
    made in an almond-only facility. Photo
    courtesy Barney Butter.

     

    Give almond butter a try, even if you’re happy with your PB. You just may discover something new to go nuts about.

    Beyond basic almond butter, try the raw, organic and kosher nut butters from Artisana, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week. Get to know their superb almond, cashew, coconut, macadamia, pecan, and walnut butters, and much more.

      





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