A: It’s a good question, since almond butter is often up to double the price of its less-trendy cousin, peanut.
I’ll give you the good news up front: both—and really all—nut butters can be part of a healthy (and OMG delicious!) diet.
Here’s how they compare.
When it comes to macronutrients, almond butter and peanut butter are pretty similar. Both are high in protein and healthy fats. Peanut has slightly more protein; almond has slightly more fat. Almond is also just slightly higher in calories.
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Both contain a variety of similar vitamins and minerals, but almond has slightly more calcium and iron, two important nutrients people often need more of in their diets. Still, when you look at the nutrition labels side by side, it’s pretty much a draw.
There are a few other things to consider. First, peanut allergies are crazy common, to the point that some schools don’t even allow peanut butter at lunch anymore. Fewer people are allergic to almonds.
Then there are aflatoxins, carcinogens that are linked to liver cancer and are produced by a fungus that often grows on peanut crops. The US tests crops for aflatoxins and doesn’t allow them in food at a level considered dangerous, but you’ll likely still be exposed to them at very low levels if you eat PB. Still, most credentialed experts say those levels are so low they are unlikely to affect your health.
Finally, you may be concerned about environmental impact. Peanuts win on this point—producing them requires significantly less water than producing almonds.
You’ve probably noticed there’s no clear winner in this nut butter battle, but you also heard the good news at the beginning: they’re both great for your health.
If you’re worried about aflatoxins or allergies, go almond. If you’re an environmental advocate, go peanut. Or simply choose based on your flavor preference. Just remember to choose natural brands that are made with just nuts (and maybe a little salt)—no sugar, hydrogenated oils, or additives. And be careful with portion size, since both are high in calories. Otherwise, go nuts!
12 Awesome Healthy Snacks On The Go
Healthy snacks are hard enough to pack as part of your normal routine, so when it comes to traveling, packing them can be more stressful than deciding between wedges or flats.
You’ve heard it a thousand times: Be prepared, pack smart, snack smart, blah blah blah. But there’s more to life than boring snacks!
I’ve done all the hard work for you and I’m sharing my favorite fresh, non-boring, packable healthy snacks.
And, since I like to be prepared for pretty much everything, pack both the wedges and the flats.
GimMe Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks: A salty snack to keep you away from those rest stop chips and pretzels. Aside from being super satisfying they’ll give you a 15% of your daily need of vitamin C and a bit of calcium. And, they’re fun to eat in an odd way. Raise your hand if you know what I mean.
The Good Bean Dried Chick Peas: Can you say protein, fiber, antioxidants and crunch? Ok, don’t say it, just eat them. These power packed snacks come in both sweet and savory flavors so all of your cravings are covered.
Vital Choice Pacific Individual Salmon Packets: Great for a more hearty, meal-like take-along option each pouch contains 6 oz of salmon and 1,000 mg of omega 3s. You don’t need to opt for processed meats full of nitrates anymore because, well, it’s lunchtime and a ham sammie seamed easy. And chances are your diet could use more fish, right?
Nature’s Path Qi’a Superfoods Hot Oatmeal Creamy Coconut: Your travel breakfast doesn’t need to come in a miniature box with a cartoon character on it. These packets will be your new best travel companion as you take your oats eating to a whole new level. Do you add hemp and chia to your oats? No need here. It’s already covered. Boom.
The Chia Co Individual Chia Shots: While I don’t usually recommend taking shots while driving, I’ll say a-ok to these, especially sprinkled in yogurt which you can pick up at any rest stop. But texting while driving – NEVER.
Crunchies Freeze-Dried Fruit: Ranging from dried fruits to dried veggies, alike, these are another great option for that clearly necessary travel crunch. You’ll love how they melt in your mouth – way better than candy…
Carrington Farms Flax Pax: You know that traveling can wreak havoc on your bowels. You need fiber to keep you regular and these packs are great to sprinkle on your meals for a little extra. Sold in perfectly-portioned packages, they are great for any meal – no measuring required.
Epic: Epic Bar is a whole new way to get your protein in in bar form. For all you paleo and gluten free peops, this is a home run. Made with grass fed buffalo, one bar will give you 11 grams of protein and most definitely keep you satisfied until bbq time. They’re pretty much epic. Pun intended.
Dang: Are you as coconut obsessed as we are? Thought so. Add these chips to your travel bag. Stat. Munch, top, sprinkle…eat them any way you wish. Dang, they’re good. Sorry, had to.
So the next time you travel, before you decide that “vacation = inevitable weight gain”, pack along these healthy snacks to keep you on track wherever you may go.
Whether you’re racking up the frequent flier miles or just a once-in-a-while vacationer, you have the means to snack smart at any and all destinations. Bon voyage!
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