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    Peanuts and Peanut Butter: Are They Healthy?

    If you ask us, peanuts and peanut butter are two basic food groups. The two are widely available and relatively affordable (it does get pricey if you’re a fan of the fancy kinds). Given that, they sure fill the tummy and taste really yummy!

    Getting this out of the way early so you don’t have to keep guessing - if you are allergic to peanuts, you cannot have peanuts or peanut butter. It’s a sad life, we know. But if you read on, we might have some alternatives worth your while!

    The Healthier Snack

    peanut butter is a healthy snack

    We get it. Sometimes, we just want a snack! Here’s where we can solve two of your cravings. A handful of peanuts will hit the spot for the salty munchies - maybe even better than potato chips.

    Think of this scenario. You’re busily typing away at your keyboard. If you opt for a bag of chips, you need a free (and hopefully clean) hand to feed yourself a chip every other time. With a mouthful of nuts, you can chipmunk away. Listen. We know it may not look pretty…But at least you’re solving your hunger issue!

    How about something sweet? Candies are usually less than ideal. An all-natural alternative would be grabbing a spoon and getting some peanut butter. Lick away this peanut butter lollipop and save your sweet tooth from those nasty cavity culprits. 

    Check Out - 9 Healthy Vegan Snacks Ideas To Satisfy Every Craving

    Pounds for Peanuts

    If you’re looking to lose weight, you best get your hands on some high-satiety snacks. What are those? High-satiety snacks are those that keep you full for longer. The more you feel full, the less likely you’ll mindlessly snack. That’s why peanuts and weight loss go hand in hand.

    Yes, exercise is one of the things you MUST do if you want to shed some pounds. But you must also eat right. If you keep piling on the calories, that would negate all that hard work. So, eating peanuts every day instead of those other snacks seems like a good idea. 

    Peanuts With The Skin On

    peanut butter for skin

    Did you know that there are peanut butter benefits for skin? But hold your horses. Before you go slathering peanut butter on your face, you can actually get the benefits by eating some. They say that peanut butter is packed with vitamin E, which is good for the skin.

    If you want to add vitamin E to your diet in a more natural way, peanuts and peanut butter are good alternatives rather than getting supplements.

    PB Before Bed

    It may seem unlikely, but there are benefits of peanut butter before bed. Peanuts are said to have melatonin. That’s a natural hormone that can help improve your sleep. You may have heard of melatonin gummies or supplements. If you’re hesitant to try those, why not opt for peanuts or peanut butter?

    Peanuts could also potentially warm your body! You might enjoy that warm feeling as you tuck yourself in to catch some zzz. 

    Nut Allergy? Worry Not!

    Nut allergy weighing you down? We’ve got some nutty alternatives for you! You won’t get the benefits of eating peanut butter or peanuts here though. Remember that!

    PeaNot Butter Cups by No Whey Foods

    PeaNot Butter Cups by No Whey Foods

    To get all that nutty taste without the nuts, why not try these PeaNot Butter Cups by No Whey Foods? They’re sweet treats that you can freely enjoy without those allergy worries.

    Organic Shelled Hemp Seed by Nutiva

    Organic Shelled Hemp Seed by Nutiva

    For that nut crunch, may we interest you in Organic Shelled Hemp Seeds by Nutiva? Like peanuts, you can enjoy these by the handful and even have a nutty taste about them!

    Nuts About These

    If you can have peanuts, then you’re in for a treat! Here are a couple of our faves. 

    Sweet Buddies Caramel & Peanut Bars by Chocolate Inspirations

    Sweet Buddies Caramel & Peanut Bars by Chocolate Inspirations

    A sweet treat unlike any other! These Caramel & Peanut Bars from Chocolate Inspirations make a lovely pair with hot chocolate or coffee. They’re filled with roasted peanuts blended with handmade salted caramel and Madagascar vanilla. 

    Chomp! Peanut Butter Nutpucks 

    Chomp! Peanut Butter Nutpucks

    For the real deal, look no further than these delectable Peanut Butter Nutpucks from Chomp!. Sweet, salty, and free from palm oils, these are way better than those other peanut butter cups. 

    Peanut Better!

    We hope you’re convinced that eating peanuts everyday need not be a bad thing. They make tasty snacks as they are and, if you’ve seen our picks, make such versatile ingredients. 

    Peanuts are one of our fave ingredients and you can find a whole lot of them here at Vegan Essentials. You can get your peanut fix in the form of milk, spreads, or just about any innovative food form!

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