Peanut butter or almond butter?

Peanut butter might be the greatest food ever. It's delicious, packed with protein, and can even be eaten at any time of day. I mean, how many foods can you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dessert?!

Growing up, peanut butter was always a staple in my diet. If I needed a healthy snack, my mom would always make me some crackers with peanut butter. It was always filling and gave me the energy boost I needed. 

Back in the day, the only peanut butter choices were crunchy and smooth. Nowadays, there are so many different types and we aren't just limited to peanuts!

Since I eat nut butter almost every day, I love trying out different types to switch it up every now and then. 

Here's a mini review of some of my favorites that I've tried:

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

This stuff is a game changer. PB2 is powdered peanut butter, so it has 85% less fat and calories as traditional peanut butter. Can you say heck yes?! Since it's in powder form, there's so much you can do with it. 

 I love adding PB2 to my açai bowls and smoothies. Regular peanut butter can completely take over the flavor of a smoothie, so PB2 is the perfect solution because the flavor is less potent. I add a few teaspoons of PB2 to my blender and it mixes in perfectly with the fruit. 

If the powder consistency isn't your thing, you can always add a bit of water to PB2 to make a more spreadable butter. 

Barney Butter Smooth Almond Butter

My sister introduced me to this and now I can't get enough. As much as I love traditional peanut butter, I like switching it up every now and then by trying almond butter. I find that almond butter is often so thick and gritty that it is way too filling. Barney's butter is great because it is so smooth and creamy, more like peanut butter. Barney's is great on toast topped with strawberries and chia seeds. Mmmmm....

Wild Friends

I had been wanting to try this brand ever since I saw it on Shark Tank a few years ago. And let me tell you, it didn't disappoint! I love the smooth creamy taste of their peanut butter and know that it is made will wholesome ingredients.

I love that they have so many different flavors such as chocolate coconut and cinnamon raisin. They also sell these in individual serving packets that are great for trying out new flavors and bringing them on the go. These little packets are so easy to pop in my lunch bag for mornings when I'm rushing and don't have time to spread it on my toast or crackers. 

My favorite product by Wild Friends, however, is their Protein+ Chocolate Peanut Butter. It's packed with 12g of protein and tastes like a less guilty version of Nutella. Need I say more? 

Justin's Classic Peanut Butter and Almond Butter

You can't go to Whole Foods without seeing at least one Justin's product at the checkout line, am I right? After being tempted so many times by those peanut butter cups, I finally some along with a jar of their classic peanut butter

I love Justin's peanut butter because it has a real natural taste with just a little bit of crunch. It tastes so fresh as if you had crushed the peanuts yourself. 

Justin's is mostly known for their almond butter, which are also very tasty. Like their peanut butter, the almond butter is a bit crunchy as well. The only thing is that I find it very filling. I usually only put it on one-half of a piece of toast, otherwise, it is just too much. 

So, how do these compare nutritionally?

Wild Friends Classic creamy (serving size 32g) 190 calories, 2g sugar, 7g protein

Wild Friends Protein+ (serving size 32g) 170 calories, 3g sugar, 12g protein 

Justin’s Classic Peanut Butter (serving size 32g) 190 calories, 2g sugar, 8g protein 

Justin's Classic Almond Butter (serving size 32g) 190 calories, 1g sugar, 7g protein

Barney's Smooth Almond Butter (serving size 32g)180 calories, 3g sugar, 6g protein 

PB2 (serving size 12g) 45 calories, 1g sugar, 5g protein

Overall, PB2 has the lowest calories, even if you double the amount to equal the serving size of the other butters.

However, it is missing out on some of the healthy fats that traditional peanut butter has. It will also probably not keep you full as longer as the other higher calorie options. If low calories is what you're most looking for, then PB2 is the best option. 

The others stack up pretty closely to one another. Wild Friend's Protein+ has the least amount of calories and the most protein per serving, but it also has a little more sugar. 

When comparing peanut butter brands, Justin's and Wild Friend's are almost identical, with Justin's having a gram more of protein per serving. 

For the almond butter brands, Barney's has 10 fewer calories, but a few more grams of sugar and less protein compared to Justin's. 

All things considered, each of these brands are all great healthy options that are made of natural ingredients.

Try them out and decide for yourself which ones you like best! 

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