1. High Protein
When it comes to building muscle, protein is the KEY macronutrient. In one serving of peanut butter (2 Tbsp), or about one mouth full, there are anywhere from 9-11 grams of protein. In order to have a proper bulk the body needs about 1.5-2g of protein per kilo of bodyweight. By mixing peanut butter into your meals you can easily add an extra 30 or 40 grams of protein to your every day diet.
2. High Fat
Fat is great for the body in so many ways! It can decrease inflammation, lubricate joints, and yes… even lower your risk of heart disease. Also, did I mention that it’s the most calorie dense macro-nutrient? Yes, fat contains about 9 calories per gram making it more than double that of protein (4) and carbohydrates (4). Gaining weight or bulking is simple, calories in vs calories out. Choose foods like organic or natural peanut butters that are both nutritious and calorie dense.
3. Mixes With (almost) Anything
Luckily peanut butter can mix with just about anything. Oatmeal at breakfast? Sure. Post workout protein drink? Yup. Fruits and Veggies like apples or celery? Absolutely yes. Peanut butter makes a great addition to every food group on the pyramid.
4. It’s Portable
Good news. Peanut butter wont leak. You can put it in a bag or in Tupperware and take it with an apple or banana, or even a rice cake. It makes a great snack on the go and can add some much-needed calories during your pre or post workout.
While peanut butter may not have comparable vitamin amounts to different fruits and vegetables, for a protein source it knocks it out of the park. One serving of peanut butter has 3mg of Vitamin E, almost 50mg of Magnesium, and over 200mg of potassium. These nutrients are beneficial as anti-oxidants, aid in bone strengthening, and help with muscle contraction for those extra long workouts.