I am an addict, a nut butter addict.
Mixed Nut Butter
You name it, I’ve tried it and probably love it. Including making my own.
Not all nut butters are created equal, they vary in taste and consistency yet the bottom line remains the same, if you are a runner (or even just like to workout or just like to eat) nut butters of all shapes and sizes can be beneficial to your health. Peanut butter (and all other nutty butters) are full of fat, protein, and fiber and this gives you a slow, sustained release of energy – perfect for endurance athletes.
Peanut Butter – The traditional, most popular nut butter. Peanut butter has a fats (the good kind, when eaten in moderation), provides protein, vitamins B3 and E, magnesium, folate, dietary fiber, niacin and folic acid (these aid in converting food to energy)
Almond Butter – an alternative to peanut butter contains significantly more fiber, calcium, potassium, iron and manganese than peanut butter does and about half the saturated fat…although, not to be a debbie downer, it has a slightly higher total fat content.
Cashew Butter – similar to Peanut and Almond butters except it is made with cashew nuts. Cashew butter is high in protein, copper, magnesium and phosphorus.
Hazelnut butter – is made from crushed and blended hazelnuts and tends to be mixed with chocolate, yummy! Think Nutella or Justin’s.
PB2- a powdered peanut butter (you add water & mix it into pb constancy on a per serving basis) is made with high quality peanuts that are slow-roasted to our specifications and pressed to remove the oil. It is all natural has no artificial flavors or sweeteners, and no preservatives. Other ‘powders’ exist, PB2 is the original!
PB&Co (and other flavored butters) – 1st PB & Co is a brand of peanut butter, like Justins, Skippy and Teddie. PB & Co is different because they have a store front where you can not only buy their PB’s but have one of 30 or so sandwiches, yay! They are famous for their speciality peanut butters (other companies make similar PB & Co is the best) usually a peanut butter base with raisins, spices, chocolate, etc mixed in. See more about them here
Nuttzo – a mixed nut and seed butter with only 2g of sugar, 50% of your daily value of Omega 3 ALAs, no sugar, no hydrogenated oils, consisting of a complete protein, that is vegan and kosher. Comes in a 3 varieties including a chocolate! see more here
I find Peanut Butter and all of its older and younger cousins easy to digest and great as fuel or part of fuel while running. It may be calorie dense but when you are in the middle of a long race or training run you need calorie dense foods to propel you to the finish! How do you like your nut butter and which is your favorite ?