peanut butter

FitTeen Food School: Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter is a spread made from ground, dry roasted peanuts. It has become a favorite staple in the average American diet; thanks to its versatility and delicious taste! Peanut butter has a great nutritional profile, however; some types can contain additives, such as sugar, that can lower the nutritional value.

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A standard serving of peanut butter will have around 150 calories and contains healthy amounts of carbohydrates, fats and protein.

Carbs are the body’s main source of stable and suitable energy. They are needed for physical activity, brain function and operation of the organs.

Your body needs a balanced quantity of healthy fats. They’re essential for growth development and cell functions, but cannot be made by our body’s processes.

Protein is an important building block of bones, muscle, cartilage, and skin. You need it for your body to properly grow and heal. Eight grams of protein is the typical amount for a two-tablespoon serving of peanut butter. A perfect, extra boost!

I just need peanut butter

As with anything in life, there’s nothing wrong with eating peanut butter in considerate moderation. LiveStrong suggests, “Peanut butter is high in fat and calories, and its relatively small portion size makes it easy to overeat, which can contribute to weight gain. Make sure you measure your peanut butter portion before serving — you might find that a 2-tablespoon portion appears surprisingly small.”

I choose to purchase peanut butter without added sugar. The closest to its natural state, the better! Opt for a peanut butter with no hydrogenated oils or sugar and limited salt content. The image below shows four of my personal favorites. Some are more affordable than others. Peanut butter brands

I pair a lot of snacks with this spread. I love apple slices, celery or gluten-free crackers with peanut butter. You can also add a serving to a chocolate protein shake or even eat it straight out of the jar! There is a variety of options!

What is your favorite way to eat this classic American spread?

Love, FitTeen Maddy

 

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