Is Peanut Butter Keto?
Happy New Year, peanut butter lovers! If you're anything like us, one of your resolutions this year is to live a more healthful life and to try new, delicious, better-for-you foods.
Different diets seem to come and go, but peanut butter is forever.
In fact, peanut butter is so versatile that it can be enjoyed as part of most eating plans.
If you read health & wellness blogs, it’s hard not to have heard the buzz about Keto, or the ketogenic diet. Keto is a low carb, high fat diet that many people believe promotes weight loss by changing your body's energy source from carbohydrates to fats.
People who follow a Keto diet usually limit the amount of sugar they consume to stay within a recommended range. However added sugar isn't usually totally off-limits on the keto diet. Unlike diets such as Whole 30 or Paleo, there are few restrictions around what kinds of foods you can eat on the keto diet, as long as you stay within Keto recommended macronutrient amounts.
So, to answer the question, “Is peanut butter keto?” Yes, it is!
Harvard Health Letter recommends people following a ketogenic diet consumer about 40 grams of carbs, 75 grams of protein, and 165 grams of fat per day. On a keto diet, it’s also common to calculate and track your net carbs. Eating Well Mag provides the following equation for determining your net carbs:
Total Carbohydrates – Fiber – Sugar Alcohols = Net Carbs
Net carbs or not, if you're only consuming around 40 grams a day, you know how important it is to make each one count! And if you're anything like us, giving up snacking is simply not an option. So how does peanut butter meet your macros?
Made with 100% USA grown peanuts and a pinch of salt, Peanut Butter & Co. Simply Smooth and Simply Crunchy are two of the best no-stir spreads you can stock in your pantry before starting a keto diet. Two tablespoons of Simply Smooth or Simply Crunchy contains only 4 grams of net carbs (7g carbs - 3g fiber) with 0g added sugars.
Since fat is the focus of the keto diet, we may as well touch on that, too. Two tablespoons of Simply Smooth or Simply Crunchy contain about 16g of total fat, 3.5g saturated fat, and 0g of trans fat per serving.
Make and store a big batch of these Simply Keto Fat Balls to have on hand whenever you need a satisfying snack.
Spoon on top of a sweet potato and add a pinch of cinnamon for a tasty breakfast.
Grab a jar of Simply Crunchy + a spoon. A spoonful of peanut butter is a perfect Keto snack!
As a reminder, before embarking on a Keto diet, or trying any new diet or eating plan, it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor or a registered dietician nutritionist.