The Best Type Of Nut And Seed Butter For Bodybuilders

The idea of good food is different for everyone. 

Regardless of whether you stick to the good old paranthas or go for a more Insta-friendly bowl of smoothie, you’re no stranger to the long list of superfoods. And nuts and seeds are at the top of it. 

Even in the form of butter, these protein-packed, healthy fat-rich powerhouses can fill you up real nice.  

The world of nut and seed butter is so much bigger than plain ol’ peanut butter and we want to tell you all about it especially if you’re into muscle building.

Peanut Butter

2 tablespoons of peanut butter contain 8 gms of protein which is equal to 2 boiled egg whites. If that wasn’t impressive enough, peanuts can also contribute a handful of vitamins and minerals like niacin, folate, vitamin E, magnesium, zinc and iron to your diet. 

How Much Should You Eat

The benefits of peanut butter are plenty and considering that it is a healthy high-fat food, a serving of 2 tablespoons per day is enough. The same can be altered based on your fitness goals and personal diet.

Almond Butter

Almond butter has about 6.8 gms of protein in a serving of 2 tablespoons. It’s relatively low in protein but it makes up for it by being a good source of omega-3 fatty acid, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and manganese, fibre, copper and phosphorous. It’s also rich in monosaturated fats that can do a bang on job of reducing bad cholesterol and raising the good one.

How Much Should You Eat

The recommended dose is 2 tablespoons per day. 

Cashew Butter

This one is a bit lower in protein and fats compared to the others but cashews contain plenty of vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. 2 tablespoons of cashew butter contains nearly 5.6 gms of protein. This super creamy one is good for blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol control, bone health, the immune system and metabolism.

How Much Should You Eat

Anywhere between 2-3 tablespoons of cashew butter is good enough to make your day.

Hazelnut Butter

Although hazelnut butter is high in calories, it does provide other nutrients and healthy fats. This addictive nut butter is rich in vitamin B6, phosphorus, folic acid, zinc and potassium. It relieves inflammation and if you workout on a daily basis, it provides you with enough healthy fats to maintain strength and lose the extra fat.

How Much Should You Eat

Remember to not eat too much of this one if you’re trying to lose weight. You can add ½ to 1 tablespoon of hazelnut butter to your smoothie bowl once a day. 

Sunflower Seed Butter

Allergic to nuts? No worries. Sunflower seed butter has got your back. It contains the same amount of protein as peanut and almond butter and it’s equally high in vitamin E, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc.

How Much Should You Eat

Adding 2 tablespoons of sunflower seed butter to your daily high-protein diet will be good for your muscles and blood pressure. You can also choose to add 1-3 tablespoons of seeds directly to your smoothie, parfait and salads.

Sesame Spread (Tahini)

You wouldn’t consider eating tahini right off the jar but this ground sesame seed paste is packed with protein, plenty of good fats, vitamin E, fiber, B vitamins and calcium.

How Much Should You Eat
Use it as a dip with your veggie sticks or consider adding a tablespoon of tahini to your hummus. If that doesn’t work for you, go ahead and sprinkle the seeds on your salad. And don’t say no to your mom’s sesame laddus, they’ll keep you warm in winters. 

Hemp Seed Butter

Hemp seed butter is rare and for a good reason. This superfood a great source of omega 3 and 6, vitamin E and minerals. You will have no reason to complain about your skin, muscle and heart health once you add it to your diet.  

How Much Should You Eat
2 tablespoons of hemp seed butter are more than enough. Some other popular ways of consuming hemp seeds are through hemp seed oil (recommended quantity: 1 tablespoon a day) or adding the seeds directly to your breakfast (3 tablespoons a day). 

Dietary Tips 

Nuts and seeds hold naturally-soaked in nutrition—including fibre, protein, omega-3, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats—like no other superfood.

A little flavour never hurts but do consider using the unsweetened versions of each nut and seed butter to reap the most benefits. Add it to your smoothie or sandwich, you’ll find them filling and very tasteful.    

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