Who can dispute the significance of peanut butter? This article practically writes itself.
However, peanut butter has a little extra significance for me. While many people view it as something scrumptious to spread on a slice of bread, I see it as the light in the dark tunnel of restriction I put myself through.
Yes, peanut butter used to be a huge fear food for me. Too fattening, too high in sodium. I let the fad diets and the low calorie lingo get to me. However, life is so much more fulfilling once you realize that you don’t need to make yourself suffer to “look good” or “be healthy.”
It’s like something finally got through to me: You can eat peanut butter, you can stuff your face with the so-called fattening stuff, because you love yourself and that’s okay.
Life is too short to spend it terrified that certain foods are going to “make you fat.” Enjoy good food and be good to your body. It’s as simple as that. Without any further ado, here are my reasons that you need to pick up a jar of peanut butter and the biggest spoon in your kitchen drawer NOW:
1. It’s loaded with healthy vitamins
Yes. Apart from being completely delicious, peanut butter also contains vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium.
2. It can easily transform into dessert
The options for peanut butter desserts are endless: brownies, cookies, cakes, you name it. But if you’re going for the healthier option, try scooping a tablespoon on top of some Greek yogurt and cinnamon. Sweet treat, packed with protein, and free from guilt.
3. It helps you get gains
It’s no mystery that peanut butter is chock full of protein. The average serving has 8 g of protein, which is great news for vegetarians, vegans, or anyone trying to put on muscle. Lift heavy and nourish with the creamy wonder.
4. You’re helping America by eating it
According to Livestrong.com, peanuts are one of the leading grown crops in America. By buying peanut butter, your showing your patriotism.
5. It serves purposes beyond the nutritional
Got gum stuck in your hair? Glob some peanut butter on it and watch it come right out.
6. Other nuts work, too
Thanks to health crazed nutrionists everywhere, the peanut isn’t the only nut transformed into an amazing spread. Try almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter for a fun and delicious alternative.
7. It literally makes you happier
It’s true that peanut butter contains fat, but it’s also true that it’s exactly the kind of fat we need to survive. A healthy amount of fat promotes brighter skin, a shinier and fuller head of hair, and a bigger smile. Trust me, it’s worth it.