The second part of our blog to look at some of the leading brands of peanut butter that are currently on the market will show that not all peanut butters are the same. Some are far healthier than others, as stated in the previous part.

One particular fact that many people do not know about peanuts is that they are legumes which originate in South America, but they look and taste like a nut. Nutritionally peanuts have the same values as other nuts, and about half of their weight is made up of fats. We continue our examination of leading brands with Laura Scudder.

Laura Scudder – Natural Style Reduced Fat

This natural style peanut butter is now available widely in the market via the Laura Scudder brand. Some of the nuts used in this spread are fat-reduced ground peanuts and there is also no extra fat added. These fats are replaced with Maltodextrin to help bind the mixture. This spread still has two hundred calories per two tablespoon serving and twelve grams of fat.

Healthier Peanut Butter Options

Peanut butter does not always have to be accompanied by jelly, there are other ways of enjoying this fabulous spread that may not be as rich in calories. Here are some tips that take peanut butter into another realm without jelly but leaves it just as enjoyable. Next time you need a peanut butter fix, try these healthier options that take the lovable spread into another dimension and are better for your health. Leave the cream cheese or butter option for your bagels, try spreading peanut butter on whole-grain toast for a crunchy alternative.

If you want to add body to fat-free salad dressings, then consider adding peanut butter for thickness and added flavor. Just make sure that you blend all the ingredients well in either a food processor or whisk to make a smooth emulsion.

Making Cookies

Peanut butter is great for making cookies, it adds a wonderful flavor and texture to the biscuits. For a healthier option when making cookies you can leave the peanut butter in, but substitute any butter or margarine for a slimmer alternative, one that has less than 8 grams of fat per tablespoon. If you eat really healthy foods such as fruit or whole-wheat crackers, then to add some plant fat and to make your treat more rounded, include some peanut butter to your celery or sliced apples. Not only will this add a unique flavor, but it will inject protein into your meal.

The Best Peanut Butter and Jelly

Even if you are seeking a healthy option for a snack, the good news is that you do not have to discount the favorite Peanut Butter and Jelly. Simply choose whole-wheat bread, and a natural style peanut butter with low sugar jelly. This will turn your average peanut butter and jelly sandwich into a high-nutrient and high-fiber treat that is not laden with fat or calories. Do not stop your enjoyment of peanut butter for health reasons, just think outside the box a little and opt for natural style spread.