Mmmmmm, peanut butter – one of the yummiest parts of the Military Diet. There’s something so satisfying about digging a tablespoon into a jar of peanut butter, closing your eyes, and letting the nutty butter swirl around in your mouth. But let’s be honest, it takes nothing short of Herculean willpower to stop at just one spoon. Two spoons later, a guilty feeling sinks in and by then you’ve already consumed 190 calories, 16 grams of fat and 3 grams of sugar.
Peanut butter is a staple on the Military Diet, but for various reasons, it’s not for everybody. Rest assured, whether for personal taste or allergies, healthy substitutes for peanut butter abound. Here are five peanut butter substitutes you can use on the Military Diet:
Almond butter is quite popular these days and often used in baking as a substitute for butter. The good thing about almond butter is that it’s as creamy as peanut butter and contains almost 3 grams more of heart healthy fats. Plus, it also has other nutrients like vitamin E, potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium, which you don’t find in peanut butter.
Another one of our favorites, cashews come packed with a perfect mix of both vitamins and minerals like magnesium, zinc and manganese. This butter is safe for diabetic patients and is often added as a paste to dishes for a creamy rich consistency in place of fresh or heavy cream.
Brazil Nut Butter
Brazil nuts have a creamy consistency and so does its butter. Riboflavin, Vitamin A, Vitamin E copper and magnesium are a few of the nutrients that can be found in Brazil nut butter. Brazil nuts also have a much higher concentration of mono and poly unsaturated fats plus a small percentage of toxin cleansing fiber as well.
We all know that hazelnuts taste great with chocolate, but did you know that these tasty nuts contain almost twice as much vitamin E as peanuts? Hazelnut butter also gives your complexion a boost and your body instant energy. It comes packed with natural minerals like magnesium, zinc, potassium and folate.
Grind a handful of walnuts and you get a rich thick paste which is chock full of omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and poly unsaturated fats which do wonders for overall heart health. Walnuts are considered brain food and this nutty butter tastes even better when a dash of cinnamon is added.