As a triathlete, I am constantly in search of easy, portable, yummy sources of protein. I have ALWAYS been a big fan of peanut butter (so yummy), so I decided to give almond butter a whirl after seeing its popularity on many food blogs. The brand I chose was MaraNatha Almond Butter, because of the stellar review of MaraNatha Organic No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter.
I slathered the almond butter on some whole wheat bread, jumped on my bike, and went for a ride. Midway through my long ride, I took out my sandwich for some healthy re-fueling. AMAZING! This stuff almost ruined peanut butter for me. The spread is creamy, nutty, and smooth. It tasted very fresh and natural (as it should since the only ingredient is almonds). After my sandwich, I finished my ride strong so I'm going to the say this was an excellent on the go fuel.
A 2 tablespoon serving of MaraNatha Almond Butter provides 190 calories, 16 grams fat whic is 24% of the daily value, but only 1.5 grams are saturated (6% of the DV), 15% of the DV for fiber, 2 grams of sugars and 7 grams of protein. This is about the same calories, fat and protein of MaraNatha Organic No Stir Creamy Peanut Butter, but 2x the fiber.
Although I first tested MaraNatha Almond Butter in a sandwich, I have since had it stirred in oats, with baby carrots, and slathered on a banana. I haven't been disappointed yet! I paid $6.99 for a 15 ounce jar at Whole Foods, which is more expensive than peanut butter, but it was so tasty and with the added fiber, this goes in the win category for me. Now I understand why one of my favorite bloggers named her site, Heather Eats Almond Butter - this stuff is amazing!