4. Peanut Butter.
16g fat (8g monounsaturated/ 3g saturated fat, 25mg omega-3, 5406mg omega-6)
8g protein (protein completeness score: 66, deficient in lysine & the branched amino acid threonine)
14% Vitamin E, 21% Niacin, 9% Vitamin B6, 12% Magnesium, 23% Manganese, 3% Selenium
18g fat (12g monounsaturated/ 2g saturated fat, 135mg omega-3, 2802mg omega-6)
5g protein (protein completeness score: 66, deficient in lysine)
42% Vitamin E, 12% Riboflavin, 8% Calcium, 6% Iron, 24% Magnesium, 28% Manganese, 2% Selenium
15g fat (3g monounsaturated/ 2g saturated fat, 22mg omega-3, 1056mg omega-6)
6g protein (protein completeness score: 81, deficient in lysine)
12% Vitamin B6, 18% Folate, 8% Iron, 30% Magnesium, 24% Phosphorous, 12% Zinc, 30% Copper, 34% Manganese
And the Nut Butter April (seriously, it was in April this year!) Madness winner is...
1. Cashew Butter.
16g fat (10g monounsaturated/ 3g saturated fat, 55mg omega-3, 2614mg omega-6)
6g protein (protein completeness score: 105)
14% Vitamin K, 8% Iron, 20% Magnesium, 12% Zinc, 36% Copper
Surprised that cashews are the only one of the four to offer a complete source of protein? I sure was. I feel like cashews are the least flavorful nut which is why they nicely add creaminess to things like vegan magic cheese. Despite this high quality protein, I probably won't start buying cashew butter, but I will start making a concerted effort to use cashews in more of my recipes. Meanwhile, sunflower seed butter offers the widest variety of micronutrients, almond butter offers the best quality fat, and peanut butter offers the most protein. So while there may not be a clear-cut winner in this challenge, you are the winner since now you know the nutritional differences between the most popular nut butters!
Peanut Butter (Mango) Sorbet
1.5c frozen cubed mango
3-4T vanilla almond milk
Food process mango & PB2 to a fine powder (best done in a high speed blender, but food processor also works!). Add almond milk 1T at a time, food processing after each addition until your desired consistency is reached. This recipe yields two servings of creamy deliciousness with 125 calories, 5g protein, and all natural sugars. Just like Arctic Zero except made of all natural ingredients instead of fake junk!
*PB2 is interesting stuff. Basically, peanuts are dehydrated, defatted, and ground to produce a fine powder. A 45 calorie serving of this stuff offers most of the nutrients of regular peanut butter, with only 1.5g fat and 5g protein. Another tasty peanut butter alternative!
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