Perfect Power Snack: Nut Butters + Apples
Whenever I eat, I always try to find ways to maximize the benefits. I like my snacks and meals to be healthy, flavorful as well as provide my body the nourishment it needs to continue on with the day.
But as a busy mom of two (story of many people’s lives, I know), eating (or simply just eating right), tends to fall by the wayside. A handful of goldfish crackers here, a bit of my kid’s left-over sandwich there, and before you know it, I’m hangry and don’t know why…
How ridiculous, right?
That is why I wanted to share this perfect snack that will seriously power you through the day: power butters and apples. I’m not just talking about apples and peanut butter, I’m talking about all sort of different types of butters that offer an assortment of variety, tastes, textures and flavors. Check out our suggestions below:
Macadamia Nut Butter – Macadamia Nut Butter is a great alternative to dairy spreads or other nut butter spreads. It is smooth, rich and tasty. Plus, macadamia nuts are great for heart health due to their monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels and they contain vitamin E, which helps slow the aging process of your body’s cells. Macadamia Nut Butter is available in or store or easy to make at home too! Check out this recipe. Best apples to pair with Macadamia Nut Butter: Gala, Piñata®, or Pink Lady®
Sunflower Nut Butter – This type of nut butter is a healthy alternative for anyone who may suffer from allergies from other nut butters. Sunflower seeds are packed full of good-for-you nutrients like Vitamin E and have less saturated fat than other nut butters. They are also chock-full of protein, healthy fats and magnesium which can help with bone health and keeping blood pressure levels normal! Sunflower Nut Butter tastes like its primary ingredient – sunflower seeds! So, think earthy, toasty like flavors. Best apples to pair with Sunflower Nut Butter: Rave®, Honeycrisp, Gala, or Pink Lady®
Almond Butter – Almond butter is becoming another staple nut butter that many resort too for spreading, dipping or eating by the spoonful! Almond Butter has a thicker texture and offers a more mild flavor profile than other nut butters available on the market. Almonds are full of nutrients and are very filling – perfect for a power snack. They are full of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants, so it’s a great and convenient way to treat your body to a little nourishment. Best apples to pair with Almond Butter: Honeycrisp, Fuji, SweeTango® or Pink Lady®
Chickpea Butter – So chickpea butter is not as common as the others, but it sure does come with a power-packed punch! Chickpeas are SO good for you. They can improve digestion, help with weight management and they are high in protein. Chickpea Butter is actually similar in taste to peanut butter. It is salty and it has a nice, smooth, creamy texture that is perfect for dipping apples in. Best apples to pair with Chickpea Butter: Honeycrisp, Rave®, Fuji, Piñata®, or Pink Lady®