I fell in love with peanut butter a couple of years ago, but have really started to eat it regularly during the past year. It is the best pick-me-up food when I am feeling tired (read; want to kill someone because I am having such a dip). Great when making snacks or baking or as peanut butter dressing or in a sauce. It’s great with……well almost everything 👌.
Even if peanut butter has a bit of a bad reputation, at least in Sweden, it is actually quite healthy, as long as you don’t overdo it of course. As with everything, moderation is the key. I am not saying that to be boring, it’s just the way it is.
A reasonable amount is about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. This does contain about 3 g of saturated fat, but when eating an overall healthy, vegan diet I’m not too worried about that. Instead, I focus on the good things; peanut butter is a great source of protein, fiber and a whole range of vitamins and minerals; vitamin E, B6, B3 and B5, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc. It also contains some iron and potassium, always good to get those in when you can.
It is easy to get caught up in eating super healthy all the time, removing more and more foods, labeling them as “bad”.
When it comes to fats I try to avoid or minimize processed fats as much as I can, but healthy fasts needs to be included in one’s diet. They play a vital role for nervous system function, metabolism, digestion, heart health, and brain health. If nothing else, they make your food taste fantastic 😃.
I heard someone say that vegans are less stressed that others when it comes to food just because they are more focused on eating enough, rather than not eating too much, and that they are not afraid of fat. Don’t know if it’s always the case but I do think there is something to it. What do you think?
Until next time; be strong, be safe and take care ❤