Peanut Butter – Lovin’ the Legume

“Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.”  James A. Garfield

There is no escaping the gooey goodness of peanut butter. In fact unless you are one of the 1% of people that are allergic to peanuts, by the time you have graduated from high school, you will have consumed 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches… I know – boring right?

But here’s what’s NOT boring. The taste. Peanuts are the ultimate in complimentary taste notes. More than just a substitute for meat in school lunches, peanut butter can wind it’s way through Thai dishes and into Pasta with style. It adds an untamed note to sauces – as this Ginger Peanut Sauce recipe, or an earthy quality as in this scrumptious Pork Tenderloin recipe

The fact is you can pair peanut butter with just about anything and come out ahead.

The ultimate in easy to eat, with its healthy fat and protein, peanut butter can also stave off those afternoon energy lows in a way caffeinated drinks just can’t rival. – Tired of those dry protein bars?  Try these Three ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies  – (Literally Peanut Butter, Honey and an egg!)

In fact the Pinterest count for Peanut Butter Cookie Recipes currently stands at 4317, indicating that there is no shortage of Peanut Butter adoration out there.

But it’s not just your taste buds that love the butter – your heart loves it too!  Recent studies have shown that peanuts can actually help reduce the risk of heart disease.  

And as an added bonus, the fiber in peanut butter is great for your gut.

Unlike other more high maintenance foods, Peanut Butter is always there for you. Upside down, in your fridge for months – its just as good for you when pull it out, as it was when you left it there.

Here are a few reasons you should take a jar out soon.

  • Protein,
  • fiber,
  • healthy fats,
  • magnesium
  • potassium
  • antioxidants,

And – In case you forgot, Peanuts are high in niacin. Studies have shown that people who get enough niacin are 70 % less likely to develop Alzheimer’s

So that’s seven real reasons to love the legume. Its true. Ounce for ounce, peanut butter is hard to beat for benefits. On toast, in smoothies or right off the spoon, this simple food is as good for you as it is easy to consume.

Trivia: Research has shown that women tend to prefer smooth, while men generally choose crunchy peanut butter. Whichever way you lean, Wild Oats has got your style. For a sweet twist on tradition try Wild Oats Honey Roast Peanut Butter.

For more, check out this link to for fifty more ways to get more nutty goodness into your life.

50 Healthier Peanut Butter Recipes

And even more:

8 health benefits of peanut butter

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