You won’t find many people who can pass up a peanut butter cup or even a lick of pb on a spoon. The fact is, peanut butter is delicious and really, really good for you.
“Peanuts contain protein, fiber, and fat all in one package,” says Brooke Alpert, MS, RD, CDN, of B Nutritious explains. “These three are the trifecta that help to regulate how quickly you absorb sugar into your blood stream.”
Alpert does have one rule with nut butters, however: Make sure there’s no added sugar. As a sub for supermarket pb, she suggests using peanut butter-flavored protein powder in snack recipes to get all the nutrition and good taste of peanut butter without the added sugar. (Not to mention, it’s way less messy than scooping a thick, goopy dollop into your blender!)
Ready to get your pb on? These protein powders and recipes are calling your name:
Almond Peanut Butter Shake
- 2 scoops Select Protein Peanut Butter Cup Powder
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1/2 cup dry oatmeal
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 12 slivered almonds
You get the best of both worlds with the subtle, delicious sweetness of almond milk, almonds, and peanut butter powder. This powerful shake will satisfy your sweet tooth and fill you up.
Protein-Boost Peanut Butter Spread
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla soy milk
- 1/4 cup Quest Nutrition’s Peanut Butter Powder.
- A dollop of your preferred natural sweetener
Whisk these ingredients together in a bowl until they are smoothly blended. Scoop it into a tightly sealable jar, then refrigerate. Spread liberally on your toast. You’ve just cut down on fat and calories, so it’s a guilt-free experience!
Try it with: Quest Nutrition’s Peanut Butter Powder. This potent powder comes with 23 grams of protein per scoop. It’s got no soy, no added sugar (it’s less than 1 gram per serving), it’s gluten free, and it’s actually bake-able.
Post-Gym Heaven: Peanut Butter Protein Slush
- 4 cups of ice
- 2 scoops of Orgain’s Organic Peanut Butter Protein
- 1 tablespoon of cacao nibs
- cup of unsweetened chocolate almond milk
Peanut butter and chocolate: enough said. This is how you can reward yourself post-workout.
Try it with: Orgain’s Organic Peanut Butter Protein. Looking for a plant-based protein that is actually super-smooth? This is your protein. Each serving packs 21 grams of organic, plant-based protein, 6 grams of fiber, and no added sugars. It’s also dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and non-GMO. You’ll find organic sprouted brown rice protein, organic sprouted chia protein, and organic hemp protein inside.
If you’re looking to blend your peanut butter and your chocolate all in one protein, you have options: Optimum Nutrition carries Serious Mass Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Powder, while ISO HD Peanut Butter Candy Bar powder packs a serious chewy candy bar punch. Yum.