Protein peanut “butter”
So variety is the spice of life. But, when trying to boost your protein intake it can be easy to fall into a routine of eating the same chicken salad or protein shake every day which can quickly get quite boring. And not only is it boring – eating the same thing also means that you could potentially miss out on the various benefits of eating from different food groups.
Nuts ‘N More is a U.S. brand of nut butters (or nut ‘spread’ according to FDA regulation) that joins a booming category of products that make boosting your protein intake a little easier and a little more interesting.
It contains peanuts, whey protein isolate, cane sugar, cocoa butter, lecithin and natural extract. A very short ingredients list with the biggest surprise being the absence of coconut which you might assume from the front of the far is a key ingredient but in actual fact is more of a flavour variety.
Nuts N’ More Coconut Peanut Spread tastes as good as any other peanut butter of the sweeter american style, with a smooth texture that spreads well. The product doesn’t use any binders or hydrogenated oils, so does separate a little and requires stirring on first use at least.
Protein comes form whey isolate, which is an interesting choice at it is slightly less fatty then whey protein concentrate, so for a product like a peanut butter that is kind of fatty anyway it seems strange not to go with the extra nutrients of concentrate. But in fact one of the key selling point of the product is its superior protein to fat ratio.
Each 33g serving provides a 1/1 fat/protein ratio with 12g of protein and 12g of fat, and you also have 9g of carbs and clocking in at 192 calories. As a comparison something standard, Sunpat Smooth peanut butter has a 2/1 fat to protein ratio.
Overall it tastes good and looks good too with a very bold and clean modern design that’s appealing to everyone. It also comes in a big wide flat edge jar so it’s easy to get at all of the product.
It’s peanut butter with added whey so it is naturally going to be more fatty and calorific then say your average bar or drink but depending on your circumstance that might be something your looking to add. Either way these are good fats from nuts and cocoa butter, so even on a calorie restricted diet it still packs plenty on nutrition into the calories. But the key benefits is that you can boost your protein from a staple food product that you might eat anyway, giving you a tasty alternative to shakes, bars, egg and meat etc.. It also offers a superior fat to protein ratio compared with standard peanut butter.
The price point is also not bad when you consider that for around £7 or $13 you’re getting 168g of whey protein isolate, which pound for pound is about half the price that you’d pay in a protein drink form.
So whilst it may not be the first or only protein peanut butter on the market but it’s definitely a good one.