Peanut Butter - Want Sugar With That?

Peanut Butter - Want Sugar With That?

Bev Dunne

Why would you want sugar with your peanut butter you might ask? Well just look at the label of your peanut butter and if it is a commercially produced peanut butter, you may well find it contains added sugar and salt and even added saturated fats.  One wonders why on earth such a healthy food needs these extra ingredients added, to then make it a not so healthy food. Carefully read the labels of any peanut butter you intend purchasing. Or better still purchase from your local health food shop. We make our own peanut butter, using fresh peanuts with no added salt, sugar or oil.

In fact, if you bring your own jar, with our help, you can make your own peanut butter in store.

This ‘dry ground’ nut butter provides all the benefits of the nuts, without those extra unnecessary, unhealthy ingredients. Did you know that the peanut actually belongs to the same botanical family as peas and beans making it technically a legume rather than a nut? However, the nutritional composition of the peanut is much closer to that of true nuts than to peas or beans.

Peanuts and peanut butter are whole foods packing a whole lot of nutrition into just one serving. This nut, sorry legume is an important source of zinc, copper, selenium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, calcium and iron. Some of the difficult to find minerals, such as copper and magnesium may protect against coronary disease. They are also quite high in B vitamins such as folate. Peanuts and peanut butter also contain high quality plant protein. This is especially important for children, vegetarians and people who are choosing to have less meat in their diet. It also contains mostly beneficial monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats as compared to saturated fats have been shown to help lower cholesterol.

Below is a fantastic peanut butter protein ball which is perfect as a mid afternoon snack for both adults and children. Instead of grabbing for a high fat, high calorie sweet treat, try one of these healthy alternatives which I can assure you will taste better with the benefit of many nutrients. It will give you just the boost you need to get through to dinner. The recipe is so simple, why not get the kids involved in making this treat. It will be a sure way to encourage them to eat these healthy treats.

The Whey Protein Isolate powder available from our store, is the perfect way to obtain a concentrated form of protein, so necessary in our diets. Peanut Butter of course has all the nutrients I have mentioned above, agave syrup is a great sugar alternative (very low GI), which means it will give you a slow release of energy rather than the quick boost and subsequent crash which most sugars with high GI will give you. Hemp Seeds are a great source of fibre as well as Omega 3. Cacao Powder and Cacao Nibs are the chocolate superfood being unadulterated raw unprocessed chocolate so high in antioxidants and so so yummee!!

For further information please don’t hesitate to call into see Bev and the girls at Go Vita, Your Health Shop at 5 North St, Batemans Bay or phone on 44729737. Don’t forget to tune in to Bev on Go Get Healthy on 2EC every Wednesday at 12.30pm.

 1 cup Whey Protein Isolate Powder, 1 cup Natural Peanut Butter, ½ cup Agave Syrup, ¼ cup Hemp Seeds, 1/3 cup dried Cranberries, 1 dessertspoon Cacao Powder, ¼ cup Cacao Nibs, 1 cup shredded coconut. Mix all the ingredients excluding the coconut and roll into balls. Then roll balls in shredded coconut until coated and refrigerate until firm.