Why Almond Nut Butter?
by Nelson Chong
When it comes to nut products, peanut butter was the golden standard for a long time. But we’ve seen the rise in popularity of another product in Singapore recently: almond butter.
Today, we’ll go over everything you need to know about almond butter, what benefits it offers, and two simple recipes you can use it for.
Let’s dive in.
What Is Almond Nut Butter?
Similar to peanut butter, this product is made by grinding almonds into butter. Thanks to the abundant fat contents, grinding almonds helps create a thick and creamy texture that spreads easily and doesn’t fall apart.
A tablespoon (15g) of almond nut butter offers the following nutritional properties:
- 110 calories
- 9.5 grams of fat
- 3.4 grams of carbs
- 2.5 grams of protein
A large percentage of its fat content is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. It's a type of fat linked to a reduction in heart disease and better blood sugar control.
Although almond butter is higher in calories, it is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins E and B2 (riboflavin), calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, phosphorus and antioxidants that are important for your health. Almond nut butter is also a great source of plant protein.
What Benefits Does Almond Nut Butter Offer?
1. Yummy and Goes Well With Anything
The most notable benefit of almond nut butter is that it is delicious. It’s also incredibly versatile, and you can add it to numerous recipes.
For example, you can spread it over bread and add some jam. Almond Butter & Jam! AB&J! You can also add a spoonful of almond butter to a protein shake for taste and texture.
2. Delivers a Large Percentage of Our Daily Vitamin E Needs
Vitamin E is a family of fat-soluble nutrients that play a significant role in the body. Most notably, vitamin E builds up in our cells and helps protect them against oxidative stress. This helps prolong their life and prevent numerous health issues down the road.
The great news is; almond nut butter is one of the best sources of vitamin E. For references, two tablespoons of almond butter provide up to 40 percent of your daily needs.
3. It’s Full of Antioxidants
Aside from vitamin E, almond nut butter is rich in other antioxidants that boast numerous health benefits. Regular consumption helps protect against oxidative damage, inflammation, aging and even prevent certain cancers from developing.
4. Almond Nut Butter Is Filling and Helps Us Control Our Caloric Intake
Though high in calories, almond butter is incredibly satiating, and a single tablespoon can fill you up for hours. This can help you control your calorie intake better and prevent you from overeating and gaining unwanted weight.
This is mostly thanks to almond butter’s high-fat content, which slows down its digestion and allows it to remain longer in the stomach.
Two Easy, Healthy, And Delicious Almond Nut Butter Recipes You Can Whip Up In Seconds
Before wrapping up this post, here are two creative ways to add almond butter to your nutrition:
Looking for a quick and delicious protein-packed snack between meals? Add some skim or plant-based milk, half a banana, some berries(I prefer blueberries) some oats, and a tablespoon of almond nut butter, and you’ve got it - a healthy and tasty banana blueberry smoothie!
If you want a quick and delicious breakfast the next morning, overnight oats are a fantastic option. Mix oats with your milk of choice, a spoonful of Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and honey. Then, top off with a dollop of creamy almond butter. Cover it up, pop in the fridge, and enjoy in the morning.
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