How Much Nut Butter Is Too Much?

by HEAB on August 14, 2010

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Thanks for all the positive input on yesterday’s post: Why I Eat The Way I Do. I don’t know why it took me so long to write that post as I always get asked about my diet. Another question I often get is, How much nut butter do you eat, and how much should I eat? So, let’s talk nut butter, shall we?

Some days, I don’t even open the nut butter jar, but most days I eat at least one or two servings if not more, yesterday being a prime example. There was much nut butter consumed by yours truly, and I blame Naturally Nutty. :)

There was breakfast:

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2 eggs with a toasted cinnamon raisin English muffin, 1/2 topped with Naturally Nutty Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter and the other 1/2 topped with Naturally Nutty Cinnamon Vanilla Almond Chia Seed Butter (a soon to be released flavor).

I think the almond butter is my favorite out of the two. It spreads so easily, and I’m guessing that’s due to the addition of palm fruit oil. Plus, it has a stronger cinnamon/vanilla flavor. That being said, the sunflower butter is still really yummy. In fact, I can’t seem to get enough of either…which brings us to lunch.

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Cooked spinach with crumbled goat cheese and an oven baked sweet potato the size of my head topped with both Naturally Nutty nut butters. A delicious and filling meal!

Dinner was uneventful – probably involved some veggies or something. So, let’s move onto dessert, shall we? I’ve been skipping out on the Dairy Bar because too much dairy does not sit well with me, but last night, I decided to join CD in a little ice-cream lovin. Before walking out the door, I grabbed what was left of our almond chia seed butter sample jar…

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ICIAJ (Ice-Cream In A Jar)

I ordered a small butter pecan ice-cream and immediately loaded it into the almond butter jar. Yes, I got a few weird stares, especially when I started taking photos of my masterpiece, but I didn’t care. Totally worth it!

So, let’s see, that was about 6 servings of almond butter yesterday. Again, that’s not something I do all the time, but I just happen to incorporate it into every meal. Quite proud of myself actually. 😉

Did it again for breakfast this morning…

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Toasted whole grain wrap with mashed avocado, sliced banana, and Trader Joe’s unsalted crunchy peanut butter.

So, how much nut butter is the right amount? Again, that’s another question I can’t answer for you. Some people can handle more than others. I know I’m always saying don’t fear fat, but you should keep in mind that foods high in fat are normally pretty calorically dense as well. In other words, enjoy your nut butter…just eat responsibly, and if nut butter is a trigger food for you, then don’t buy it.

Have you tried the avocado + banana + nut butter combo yet? If not, do it…today…I dare ya! :)