Pumpkin Seed Butter: The Healthier Peanut Butter Alternative
Pumpkin seed butter is a great tasting and much healthier replacement for peanut butter, with a richer flavor and a softer consistency that makes it easier to spread.
Ahead is how to enjoy pumpkin seed butter, its many nutritional benefits and why it’s superior to peanut butter in so many ways.
How to Use Pumpkin Seed Spread
You can use delicious pumpkin seed butter wherever you’d use regular peanut butter. It tastes great on fresh rye bread and can also be added to soups and sauces for a dash of rich flavor and added nutrition.
Another healthy way to enjoy it is by dipping carrot sticks or a celery stalk straight into the jar for a tasty snack that’s really good for you.
It can also be mixed into salads and recipes with rice or mixed vegetables for extra nutrition and taste.
I’d imagine most children would be fascinated to try this green alternative to peanut butter on their sandwiches. You can also add a little raw honey for a sweeter taste as well.
The first time you open a jar of pumpkin seed butter there will usually be a layer of deep green oil floating on top.
This is good for preventing oxidation, but if it bothers you, just mix it up with a knife and there will be much less of it next time you use it.
Unless you’re using your pumpkin seed butter quite quickly is probably best stored in the fridge to preserve its valuable nutrients.
Personally, I find this special sprouted and organic one I get never lasts too long. It just tastes too good.
Nutritional Benefits of Pumpkin Seed Butter
Being made with nutrient rich pumpkin seeds, this seed butter has the same high levels of important minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, iron, copper, selenium and zinc.
It’s a great way to get natural vitamin E into your diet for better skin and a healthy cardiovascular system as well.
Raw pumpkin seed butter is a very good source of phytosterols to help reduce LDL cholesterol and enhance your body’s immune response. It’s also beneficial for men concerned about prostate health and hair loss.
This peanut butter replacement is particularly rich in protein for a vegetarian and vegan food, with an good amount of the amino acid tryptophan for reducing stress and improving sleep patterns.
Its healthy fatty acid content may also assist in easing arthritis symptoms by combating inflammation.
Even the best peanut butter wouldn’t come anywhere near to just how good for you pumpkin seed butter is.
A Peanut Butter Alternative for People with Allergies
Coming from seeds rather than nuts, or legumes like peanuts, pumpkin seed butter can be enjoyed by people with nut allergies or the quite common peanut allergy.
Of course check with your doctor if you have a serious allergy, but pumpkin seeds don’t have the same sort of compounds in them that cause allergic reactions to nuts and peanuts.
I’d encourage anyone who likes healthy foods to try using a good pumpkin seed butter, like this raw, organic and sprouted one, as a great tasting and far more nutritious alternative to peanut butter.
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