It’s high time to go nuts…in a good way! There’s a world of nutritious, delicious nut butters out there. These little nutritious nuggets can making a big difference for health by (1) cutting heart disease risk, (2) reducing belly fat accumulation, and (3) helping to control diabetes. Steer clear of nut butters that contain added sugar, palm oil, or hydrogenated oils, and skip the reduced-fat nut butters, which often replace nutritious fats with sugar and other fillers. As for how to use nut butter, the sky is the limit! Add it to homemade muffins and pancakes, blend it into smoothies, or add a dollop to a baked sweet potato. Try blending some nut butter into Greek yogurt for breakfast or a fruit-and-veggie dipping sauce. Create luxurious sauces, such as a cashew curry or Far-East-inspired almond soy sauce.
“Across the board, tree nuts and nut butters are a super duper source of nutritious fats, fiber, and vitamins and minerals,” says Cleveland Clinic nutritionist Amy Gannon, RD.