Thursday Thoughts: National Peanut Butter Day

Happy National Peanut Butter Day!!

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Now unless you have a peanut allergy (you poor soul) or just plain don’t like peanut butter, then this day is a great excuse to stick your finger in the peanut butter jar a few times throughout the day.

But I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that just doesn’t like peanut butter. How can you not?

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Anyway, since it is my ‘nut-butter-of-choice’ by a long shot, I thought today would be a GREAT opportunity to preach the wonders of that creamy (or crunchy if you prefer) goodness, and dispel the myths of it being a ‘bad food’.

Here’s why I think you should eat peanut butter (if you are not allergic of course…):

1) It is filling – With 8g protein, 16g fat and 2g fiber, this combination does amazing things for satiety levels long after you’ve eaten. Snacking on an apple or crackers? Pair with peanut butter for a longer-lasting feeling of satisfaction.

2) Loaded with ‘good’ fats – Both poly- and mono- make an appearance here but monounsaturated fat is the star of the show. No doubt you’ve heard that olive oil is heart healthy, well that’s because of the monounsaturated fats. In moderation, these are good for your cholesterol levels.

3) Nutrient-dense – Along with having a trifecta of proteins, fats and carbs, peanut butter boasts levels of vitamins and minerals too. Manganese for your bones, vitamin E for cell protection (antioxidant) and tryptophan for your mood. Maybe that’s why it’s such a comfort food?

4) Versatile – Hot or cold, sweet or savory, peanut butter can fit into any meal or snack.

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Peanut butter can be a part of a healthy diet! When buying, it is best to check the ingredient list to make sure there are no added salts or sugars. ‘Natural’ on the label generally means no additives, but always check the back to be sure.

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What’s your favorite way to eat peanut butter?

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19 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts: National Peanut Butter Day

  1. i just bought that planters Nut-trition peanut butter with cinnamon granola in it or something like that, it’s flipping delicious!!

  2. Ever since I stopped actively trying to lose weight, I’ve welcomed peanut butter back into my life and I love it!! One of my fave after-dinner snacks is a spoonful of peanut butter with chocolate chips 🙂 I also had some in a smoothie this morning. So good.

  3. After hearing it was national PB day this morning, I added a big dollop of it to my yogurt and cheerios! yum. Peanut butter is good with everything – my friend was telling me the other day that she puts it on her hamburgers!

      • The local sports bar where I go to school is “famous” for it’s peanut butter burgers – I haven’t tried it, it sounds suuuper rich, but everyone seems to like it! I’ll let you know if I ever try it 🙂

  4. Ohh girrrlll you don’t gotta preach to me!! I LOVE PB! I love it on bread, on crackers, on fruit, in smoothies, by the spoon, by the finger..or tongue straight in the jar!

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