Favorite Products: Maranatha Roasted Creamy Almond Butter

Almond Butter vs. Peanut Butter  –  and my favorite brand (Maranatha)

Image image taken from vitacost

I love this stuff. It is tried and true and is perfect in its simplicity. Want to know what the ingredients are?…Almonds…Dry Roasted Almonds…Done.
Its smooth creamy goodness and somehow they eliminated that grainy feel so many brands struggle with. Oh and the best part…look up – it’s the ingredients. They don’t add any oils preservatives or sweeteners (Start checking labels because many of your favorite brands do).

Additionally – while there are many brands that are also just pure almonds (look for local brands or your health food stores in house offering) this particular brand is by far the most cost effective if your local Costco carries it ( it comes in at $8 for around 3 cups of almond butter). Thought the brand offers many different versions ( crunchy, creamy etc) Costco only carries creamy…because it’s awesome.

To be honest I’ve been buying this since long before Costco had it and I could still justify the Whole Foods / Trader Joes price tag.

Here is how the nutritional info stacks against peanut butter

Almond Butter
Serving size: 2 tablespoons

Ingredients: Dry Roasted Almonds

Calories: 180
Sugar: 2g
Carbohydrates: 6g
Protein: 7g

Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter
Serving Size: 2 tablespoons

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable oils (Cotton seed, soybean and rapeseed), Salt.

Calories: 190
Sugar: 3g
Carbohydrates: 7g
Proteins: 7g

So side-by-side the Nutritional information looks pretty close. Almond butter has the same protein, less carbs, less sugar and less calories and NO hydrogenated vegitable oils.

Hydrogenated oils are not the way to go and they are using the worst kinds. In addition to the oils, peanuts are very inflammatory

(here is a link on that:http://lisabryant.hubpages.com/hub/What-is-the-Anti-Inflammatory-Diet-and-How-Can-it-Treat-Diabetes–Relieve-Arthritis-and-Prevent-Cancer)

If you could make a healthy swap today why wouldn’t you? Give almond butter a try!


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