16 Nov This dietitian’s pantry staple: peanut butter
However you like it, whether it’s smooth, crunchy or super crunchy, peanut butter is a winner. I love the stuff! It’s incredibly versatile too. I personally like the super crunchy variety on grainy toast, but it works well with banana, on pancakes, in a stir-fry or eaten cheekily straight from the jar.
Peanut butter is a rich source of monounsaturated fats – the healthy ones that help to reduce cholesterol. It’s also a good source of fibre, folate, protein, vitamin E and potassium. Better yet, there is evidence to show that people who regularly eat nuts have a reduced incidence of developing type 2 diabetes compared with those who don’t.
I choose the reduced sodium option to cut back on my overall salt intake and I use it sparingly, as it is energy dense. Remember that too much of a good thing isn’t good either, especially if you’re trying to keep your weight in check. So rather than going nuts on the nutty stuff, exercise your portion control and stick (pun intended) to about a tablespoon at a time.