If you’re a big fan of PB and almond butter, you’re sure to love the newest spreadable source of protein to hit the supermarket: sunflower seed butter. Though initially it was thought to be nothing more than a smart alternative for those with nut allergies, sunflower spread has recently become far more mainstream. In fact, brands like Sunbutter® and Wild Friends now sell their products in Wal-Mart and on Amazon.com. And not only that, many healthy snack brands are incorporating the stuff into their products—and that’s a good thing!
“Sunflower butter, which tastes like the liquid version of sunflower seeds, can be your new favorite spread. From a nutritional perspective, it’s loaded with vitamins A, B, C, D, and E and minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, and zinc. It also comes jam-packed with heart-healthy fat,” says Angel Planells, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. Fellow Academy spokesperson, Alissa Rumsey MS, RD, agrees that the spread is an Eat This! and adds that it’s slightly higher in magnesium (a nutrient that helps boost lipolysis, a process by which your body releases fat from its stores) and belly-filling fiber than traditional peanut butter.
Interested in giving it a try? There are a number of ways to get in on the trend: Make a spread from scratch (we love this recipe from LaurenKellyNutrition.com), buy a container at the store, or simply get your hands on a snack that uses it as a source of healthy fat and protein. Here are two of our favorite, must-try products:
SunButter® Sunflower Butter, No Sugar Added
This spread has all the nutrition you want from a pantry staple—without any added sweetness.
$7 at LuckyVitamin.com
Enjoy Life ProBurst Bite Gluten Free Chocolate Sunseed Butter
If you’re a chocoholic on a diet, these snacks are about to become your new favorite. They’re crunchy on the outside but have a decadent creamy center. Consider these 53-calorie bites your new coffee break go-to.
$5.50 at VitaCost.com