There’s nothing wrong with plain ol’ peanut butter. The go-to guy food is chockfull of muscle-building protein, healthy fat, and vitamins and minerals. But a new breed of nut butters—ones with ingredients like sunflower and flax seeds stirred into the mix—packs an even bigger punch in terms of nutrition. These super filling spreads deliver up to double the protein (typical PB contains 7 g per serving) along with health boosters like omega-3s.
There’s a lot going on inside every jar of NuttZo Original ($13 for 16 oz, gonuttzo.com). The souped-up spread blends seven organic nuts and seeds: peanuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and flax seed. It's a complete protein, so you don't need to worry about pairing it with a piece of bread like you would other PBs. Eat NuttZo on an apple or a banana and you'll get all nine essential amino acids. Plus, one serving takes care of 50% of your recommended daily amount of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an omega-3 that can help fight heart disease.
Nutrition per 2 tbsp: 180 calories, 16 g fat (2 g sat fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 70 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 7 g protein
Nuts ‘N More Peanut Butter
This fortified PB got its start on ABC’s Shark Tank. Now it’s a favorite among guys like John Carter and Optimum Nutrition athlete Frank Fata. The addition of whey protein and flax bumps Nuts ‘N More ($10 for 16 oz, nuts-n-more.com) up to a whopping 14 g of protein per serving and delivers extra omega-3s.
Nutrition per 2 tbsp: 206 calories, 14 g fat (1 g sat fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 14 g protein
Vermont Peanut Butter Company Green Mountain Goodness
If you’re a fan of chunkier nut butter, go for Green Mountain Goodness ($9 for 16 oz, vtpeanutbutter.com). The peanut butter-almond butter blend has organic flax and pumpkin seeds stirred in. Or opt for the brand’s Mad River Mojo, a “spreadable trail mix” that combines peanuts, almonds, dried cranberries, flax seed, pumpkin seeds, honey, and whey protein.
Nutrition per 2 tbsp: 208 calories, 16 g fat (2 g sat fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 3 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 10 g protein
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