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There are so many different nut, legume, and seed butters on the market these days. They all look similar, but taste different, and boy are they expensive. Here are some tips and guidelines you can follow to help you decide. • Legume Spreads: Peanut, Soy
• Nut Spreads: Almost Every Nut Out There
• Seed Spreads: Sunflower, Watermelon, Pumpkin
• Other: Tiger Nut (tuber, not a nut)
1. Safety First. If you are allergic or intolerant to the product, skip it. If you find a product that looks good, call first to learn about how it’s processed (growing, processing, equipment, facility, etc.). It’s not uncommon for makers of one tree nut butter to process all tree nuts. A great brand, @spreadthelove offers nut free peanut butter and peanut free almond butter. @wellnutfarms also offers walnut butter from a single use facility.
2. Know The Difference. Peanuts are NOT Tree Nuts. They are legumes. Also, Tiger Nuts are NOT Tree Nuts. They’re a root vegetable. Both are safe for people with a tree nut allergy. @crazyrichardspb is a cool Peanut Butter company we recently met. @truerootsmakes a Tiger Nut Spread you may enjoy.
3. Not Sure About Nutrition? All nut, seed, and legume based butters offer good quality nutrition. If you’re ultra health conscious, look into products that use sprouted nuts and seeds.
4. Keep It Interesting. Rotate through products that are safe for you for well rounded nutrition. It will also give you an opportunity to explore different tastes and textures.
5. Keeping Picky Eaters Happy. Be sure to offer different versions of your safe choices. Offer them as a dip, in a power ball, in a cookie, mixed into a smoothie, alongside jam/jelly, simply on a spoon, mixed with yogurt, and more. By giving kids (and adults) a variety of exposures you increase your chances of finding something they like. If they don’t take to any of the options, don’t give up. Keep offering the safe spread in small amounts and in different formats… they may surprise you one day.
6. Can you make these at home? Absolutely! More tips in the comments. •
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