The humble peanut. Once upon a time, it was just a legume, only a nut by name, that was eaten by itself. It now seems available in so many different forms, it appears to have taken over half the world. As well as the ubiquitous peanut butter, peanuts now show up everywhere from savory sauces to sweet candy bars. With so much of this incredible legume available, why do you need another form of it in your kitchen? Here are the reasons every health-conscious person needs a little peanut powder in their cupboards.
Flavor on tap.
Having peanut butter powder allows you to not only add a protein kick to any smoothie, but you can apply its flavor magic across different food options. Got some plain Greek yogurt in the fridge? Slap some peanut butter powder in it and you have something very tasty. The same goes for sauces like satay which can invigorate the blandest of chicken breasts. It can also be sprinkled into oatmeal, stirred into batters and shaken across your popcorn bowl. If you’re looking to add a little creativity to your kitchen, then having a jar of the peanut powder in your arsenal will always come in handy.
Most of the time this product has fewer sugars added to it compared to traditional peanut butter which makes it a healthier option for anyone who wants to gain muscle while losing fat. It is created by pressing the peanuts to remove naturally occurring oils. Depending on the brand of peanut butter, the result is a powder that generally contains a higher protein-to-fat ratio. All these benefits get accentuated when it’s coupled with healthy all-natural foods and if you like a little dessert, then it can only improve its nutritional profile too.
Good for new family members.
If you’re a new parent, then peanuts will be right on your radar. They’re a foodstuff that’s notorious for triggering an allergic response, which can make them a very alarming option for a parent. What’s the latest thinking on this? Well, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that babies aged between 4-11 months, at high risk of developing a peanut allergy who were fed the equivalent of about four heaped teaspoons of peanut butter each week, were about 80 percent less likely to develop an allergy to the legume by age five than kids who avoided peanuts. This doesn’t mean you need to give your youngster massive spoons of peanut butter. You may not be comfortable giving your baby a big serve, but sprinkling a gram of peanut butter powder into their diet can help. If you’re a little older, (well, a lot older really) there are also peanut butter powders that have caffeine preloaded into them so you can get an energy hit with your pre-workout smoothie.
Whether you’re young or old, it’s wise to expand your approach to the humble peanut because the benefits it offers will last a lifetime.
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