Who doesn’t love walking in the door after a long workout and grabbing your favorite post exercise snack? Chocolate milk, a blueberry acai smoothie or a bagel topped off with a spoonful of Skippy? For many of us, it may be our only motivation to get through that last interval. Although all of these scrumptious snacks are sure to satisfy our tastes and replace the muscle fuel that we lost, there is one alternative that can offer you even more benefits: Almond butter.
As an alternative to peanut butter, almond butter contains higher amounts of fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, and manganese. It also packs in a lot more protein than the peanut. With less sugar and half the amount of saturated fat, you don’t have to dread this spread any longer.
Given the fact that almond butter is rich in monounsaturated fats, this healthy alternative is good for your heart too! It may help to reduce cholesterol levels while lowering your blood pressure as well. With a variety of antioxidants and minerals including vitamin E, flavanoids, calcium, potassium, and magnesium, almond butter has also been known to help reduce the risk of heart disease and maintain blood sugar levels.
Although nuts are high in calories, many people fear eating them. Don’t fall for this myth! It has been proven that those individuals who do eat a handful a day are less likely to become overweight. They are high in protein, fiber and monounsaturated fats, which are exactly what we need in our daily diets. Spread a little love on your bagel or toast to give your heart a healthy boost.
- The Alternative Daily