It is no wonder that there is a “day” dedicated for “Peanut Butter Lovers.”
In fact, Americans consume more than 800 million pounds of peanut butter a year. And believe me, this is a good thing, as peanut butter is a healthy, nutrient dense food. Peanut butter is rich in protein, with 7 grams packed in just 2 tablespoons. Protein is essential for the body to be able to build and repair muscle tissue, build metabolism boosting muscles and to help your body to feel satisfied/full.
Keep in mind that the amino acids within peanut butter are incomplete, so pairing with a food like a glass of milk would be ideal. Additionally, peanut butter contains what we call “good fats,” which help to keep your heart healthy. It is also a great source of potassium and fiber, both which also play a critical role in heart health. Not to mention the fact that fiber, even with just 2 grams in 2 tablespoons, additionally aids in digestion.
When is the perfect time to add peanut butter to your day? On toast for breakfast, with an apple at snack, mixed into a smoothie after a workout, or a good old PB&J sandwich just about anytime of day! So simply put, peanut butter is a nutrient dense food perfect for any time and any where! Something to celebrate for sure.
(NOTE: People need to proceed with caution when consuming peanut butter and peanuts. There are more than 1.5 million Americans and over 30,000 cases of food related anaphylaxis attacks happening every year. Be mindful of peanut allergies around you and peanut free environments)