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How to Eat Peanut Butter Totally Guilt-Free

By Genevieve Cunningham

Peanut butter. It's one of those foods that most people love, but we're often told to stay away from completely. While peanuts offer a bit of protein in our diets, peanut butter is also full of fats. And while these fats can actually be healthy, it doesn't take much before the bad outweighs the good. If you're like most people, you have a hard time staying away from this staple. It's just so delicious and filling and satisfying. What else could you ask for? Luckily, it might be possible to eat peanut butter while leaving the guilt behind. If you like the idea of eating more peanut butter without the risk of weight gain, take a look at these tips to try today.

Use a Measuring Device

One of the reasons why peanut butter is bad for our diets is simply because we eat too much. We scoop out what we think is a proper serving, but it ends up being two or three servings instead! To avoid this common pitfall, use a measuring device every time you reach for the peanut butter. You'll probably be surprised at how little we're supposed to eat. If you measure your serving, you can properly count the calories, and possibly avoid the down sides of eating this delicious treat.

Opt for All-Natural

Another great way to eat peanut butter in a healthier way is to choose the all-natural route. All natural peanut butter tends to have less sugar -- which means fewer calories and a smaller likelihood of excessive weight gain. The trick is to allow yourself time to get used to it. All-natural nut butter tends to have more oil and doesn't taste as sweet. As your taste buds get accustomed, you may actually find that the natural route is worth the switch.

Check Your Recipe

If you use peanut butter in a healthy recipe, you're on the right track. Try dipping apple slices in a serving of peanut butter. Try adding this ingredient to a healthy dessert option. There are so many ways to use peanut butter without adding any additional negative side effects. Learn how to use it the right way, and you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

We learn to love peanut butter when we're little kids. And for many, that love of the substance never really goes away. If you're a peanut butter lover, but you'd like to focus on proper nutrition and better health, use these tips to have a little of your favorite without the risk. With a little planning and experimentation, you can have your peanut butter and eat it too.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Livermore, Calif.

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