We are doing much better here! Yay! After yesterday’s vomiting fun, I thought we were in for a rough night. Luckily, the love nugget only woke up a few times before 10:00 and just had a slightly higher temp of 100.8. He woke up this morning doing just fine!
I think he’s just fighting a cold and threw up from that. I sure did enjoy the cuddle time I got all afternoon 🙂
This morning we are going to take it easy and get some laundry done. We do have some errands to run this afternoon but I think we could both use some rest too.
I’ve mentioned before how much I love almond butter. I usually eat at least a serving a day but this is one thing I’ve tried to cut back on lately. So far I’ve gone 3 days with no almond butter! Woo hoo!
Since I’m such an almond butter fan, I’ve been asked by peanut butter fans what’s the difference between the two? Is one healthier than the other? While I enjoy peanut butter too, I actually prefer almond over peanut. But here’s some helpful information with the skinny on the two thanks to The Fitness Dish 🙂
Almond Butter or Peanut Butter?
Almond Butter tops the list as the best, because Almonds are the best source (behind walnuts, which are #1 nut on the list) of the Good fats our body needs. Peanuts have them as well, so do Pine Nuts, Cashews, Pecans, Brazil Nuts…..
Just a quarter cup of almonds contains nearly 25 percent of your needed daily value of magnesium, plus is rich in potassium, manganese, copper, the antioxidants vitamin E and selenium, and calcium. In fact, (ladies especially!) a quarter cup of almonds have almost as much calcium as a quarter cup of milk. They’re also great for the colon. An animal study on the effects of almonds on colon cancer found that animals (which were exposed to a colon-cancer-causing agent) given whole almonds had fewer signs of colon cancer than animals given almond oil or no almonds. Researchers suspect the benefit may be due to almonds’ high fiber content. Plus, almonds are one of the best nuts for lowering cholesterol because 70 percent of the fat they contain is the healthy monounsaturated variety, which has been shown to help clear arteries!
It should be called “Increased Fat” peanut butter, because that’s what will happen if you eat it!
Watch food labels that say “no trans fats” but the ingredient list has “partially hydrogenated fat” or “hydrogenated fats” of any kind! See Below:
A New England Journal of Medicine review of more than 80 studies found trans fat to be more dangerous to your health than ANY other food, when its ONLY 1-3% of your total calorie intake! So you only need to eat 20-60 calories A DAY of artificial trans fat for it to be detrimental to your health! BEWARE of chips and cracker and cookie packages that are labeled “”no trans fats” on their packages. Legally, manufactures are permitted to us that claim as long as one portion contains less than 500 milligrams of trans fats. An extra dollop of your “no trans fat” margarine, and a few extra “no trans fat” potato chips or crackers and you can get you over that 20-calorie mark REAL fast!!!
Go back to May to check my blog post on “fats” to get the deal on How Evil Hydrogenated fats are and Partially Hydrogenated Fats are and why they should NOT be consumed!!! Like, people that eat these types of fats (saturated, hydrogenated, trans fats) increase your bad LDL levels and triglycerides, and decrease your good HDL. Shrinking the size of your LDL particles make them more likely to clot and DRAMATICALLY raise your risk of heart attack. Trans fats increase levels of a hormone-like substance (interleukin-6) which has been linked to Type 2 diabetes, hardening of the arteries, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease. ***One other thing is Peanuts are often times a Genetically Modified crop (GMO), so Almond Butter would be the safer/cleaner choice when it comes to being pesticide-free!
I’m a huge fan of Maranatha Almond butter and you can get a huge jar of it at Costco for under $6.00!
Such a great deal! I use it in baking, my protein balls, add it to smoothies, top my oatmeal and spread it on apples and celery. Yummy! The hubby still loves his peanut butter so I buy him an all natural kind with no sugar added. He adds the sugar himself when he tops with globs of honey but at least it’s a more natural sugar!
I’m off to make my Chocolate Covered Cherry smoothie with some Almond butter!
Have a great day!