OK, we’ve all made some healthy resolutions for 2012 (at least, I hope we have). One of the easiest ways to improve your health is to improve your diet. And that means paying attention to what’s going into your pantry, and eventually into your mouth (and your spouse’s mouth, and your childrens’ mouths, etc.).
With two little ones in my family, peanut butter is an absolute staple. Peanut butter and jelly toast for breakfast, peanut butter on graham crackers for after-school snack, peanut butter-oatmeal cookies for bedtime snack – you get the idea. My 3-year-old has even been known to eat a big spoonful of it plain, right out of the jar (hmmm…something I used to do in college…must be genetic).
But this year, I’m seriously thinking about shaking up their (our) peanut butter world with a new, healthier alternative: almond butter.
This pb cousin has been in the news lately, touted as one of 2012’s “hot health products” – aÂ wonderful alternative to our old friend peanut butter, because almonds contain lots of monosaturated fat (the good kind). They’re also high in Vitamin E, which is great for your skin and hair, especially in these dry winter months.
Incidentally, Lehman’s recently started carrying delicious almond butter, made from only all-natural, California-grown, dry-roasted almonds. No added salt, no preservatives, and certainly no hydrogenated oils like some peanut butters.
Our staff recently tested it in our office, and we were surprised by how much we liked it. Honestly: the taste is a bit blander, the texture a bit grittier than peanut butter. But it’s a pleasant change of pace on your toast, English muffin or bagel, and you can pump up the flavor a bit with a dollop of homemade jam, honey or some banana slices. Plus, you just know it’s healthier for you.
So try some almond butter this year; your pb&j sandwich may never be the same.
Here’s a short blog article on the health benefits of almond butter – and some great ideas on what to do with it!