Packed full of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, peanut butter may be high in calories but it also has the enviable combination of being both high in protein and high in fiber – meaning it not only fills you up, but keeps you feeling full for longer.
Made from ground-up peanuts, peanut butter is also a relatively unprocessed food. But forget commercial brands which often contain added sugar, hydrogenated oils and preservatives. Instead, look for natural brands such as the Funky Nut Co, which makes a whole range of natural and flavoured nut butters.
Take their Peanut Butter Sea Salt. Made from roasted nuts and organic sea salt, this 100% natural, vegan and vegetarian nut butter is thick, rich and deliciously indulgent. Available in both smooth and crunchy varieties, it really is ‘peanut butter made better’ – and at £4 per 250g tub (or three for £10) it’s also surprisingly affordable.
Prefer something sweeter? Commercial peanut butter brands can have up to 250mg more sugar per tablespoon than natural brands – so it’s no surprise many of us have developed a sweeter tooth when it comes to our taste in peanut butter. Step in: Funky Nut Co. Peanut Butter Honey & Sea Salt.
By using real honey, Funky Nut’s peanut butter has a more gentle sweetness than your more commercial brand and only enhances the spread’s deep nutty flavour.
A common problem with worthier nut butters is their tendency to separate. Not here. Whereas most natural peanut butters are not homogenised and so need to be stirred, the Funky Nut Co. uses coconut oil to hold it all together and prevent the separation of oil, resulting in a peanut butter that’s neither oily at the top nor dry at the bottom. This also means it scores highly on the spread-factor.
So how much peanut butter should we be eating? While it’s often all too easy to eat a whole jar of peanut butter by the spoonful, two tablespoons is deemed to be on the healthy end of the peanut butter consumption scale. Perfect for spreading on your morning toast or dolloping into your favourite Asian-inspired recipes. Time to get stuck in.