Filed under: Food and NutritionPeanut butter isn't the only nut butter packed with omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, zinc, iron and more. "RealAge" recommends these five other grown-up spoonfuls of spreadable joy, and the best brands to try.
Just beware, nut butters are high in calories and fat (though mostly healthier fats). Spoon just a tablespoon or two in your oatmeal, on your toast or on that crispy apple for a tasty afternoon snack:
- Almond butter -- perfect for dipping. Choose a jar with lots of brown flecks (almond skin) and you'll get more vitamin E. Try Whole Foods' house brand, 365 Everyday Smooth Almond Butter at $5.99.
- Cashew butter -- not as high in fat as other nut butters. Besides spreading it on a snack, you can stir in soups and sauces. Try Arrowhead Mills Creamy Cashew Butter at $5.99.
- Macadamia nut butter -- yikes, at 24 grams of fat per two tablespoons, I'd stick to just one tablespoon of mac butter heaven. Melt and brush on broiled fish or spread on a lightly salted rice cake. MaraNatha Creamy and Roasted Macadamia Nut Butter is $5.99.
Don't miss "RealAge's" full spread on Pecan Butter, Walnut Butter and reader-recommended Sunflower Butter, too.