Through thick and thin, you can rely on peanut butter as a nutritious pantry staple.
Peanut butter provides protein, vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant that may help protect cells from damage.
Most of the fats in peanut butter are the “good” type that may benefit heart health, especially when substituted for proteins that contain a lot of saturated fat, such as fatty meats. All that and peanut butter is economical, too!
A 2-tablespoon serving of peanut butter contains about 190 calories, so don’t spread it on too thick if you’re watching your weight.
Here are a few ways to enjoy peanut butter at meals and snacks:
Top your morning toast with peanut butter for a protein boost at breakfast.
Stir a spoonful into hot oatmeal.
Make sandwiches on whole-grain bread with 100% fruit spread.
Spread it on apple slices, celery sticks or whole-grain crackers.
Blend into smoothies—especially good with bananas.
Add to stir-fry sauces for a creamy consistency.
Consult our Nutrition Guide
to learn about the health benefits of your favorite foods.