If creamy, chunky and smooth isn’t enough variety for you when it comes to your PB&Js, fear not: There’s a clutter of butters out there for you to choose from. Put a twist on National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day on April 2, and introduce your taste buds to these delicious and nutritious options.
Almond butter: Almond butter has a few advantages over peanut butter, as discussed by About.com’s Nutrition Guide Shereen Jegtvig. Some of the positives of almond butter include more fiber, fewer carbohydrates and more minerals than peanut butter. Almond butter also has phytosterols, which can help lower high cholesterol levels. Best of all, it’s a good source of protein and healthy fats.
Cashew butter: Made with crunchy cashews, cashew butter can be lathered on toast, mixed in with oatmeal or used in dips and sauces. In addition to providing healthy fats, minerals and vitamins, cashew butter is a great source of proteins for vegetarians and can be used as a substitute for people who are allergic to peanuts, according to Andrea Cespedes, a professionally trained chef and American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer on Livestrong.
Soy nut butter: The Soyfoods Association of North America reports that soy nut butter has a similar taste and texture to peanut butter, but with less saturated fat. Grounded from roasted soy beans, soy nut butter provides protein that helps reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing blood cholesterol level and increasing the flexibility of blood vessels. Try soy nut butter as a dip with vegetables.