Nut Butter Gets Better - Rachael Ray Every Day

Nut Butter Gets Better

We love peanut butter with its important nutrients, but new nut butter spreads like sunflower seed, walnut and almond butter have unique health-boosting benefits too. Sales of these creative PB alternatives skyrocketed almost 17 percent last year, and you'll spy them on shelves everywhere. Jelly, here they come!
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SUNFLOWER SEED

Tastes: earthy and rich
A great source of: magnesium (twice the amount found in peanuts!), which can prevent migraines by relaxing blood vessels.
Super sandwich: Make an open-face sammy that evokes a salted caramel: Spread a baguette slice with sunflower seed butter; drizzle with maple syrup; sprinkle with coarse sea salt.

Also try it in: Pressed Elvis

ALMOND

Tastes: mild and silky
A great source of: bone-protective calcium -- almond butter contains up to eight times more than peanut butter!
Super sandwich: For a sophisticated twist on PB&J, spread almond butter on rosemary focaccia and drizzle with honey.

Also try it in: Peanut Noodles

WALNUT

Tastes: intensely toasty
A great source of: polyunsaturated fats, which, according to a Harvard study, lower unhealthy LDL cholesterol and help prevent heart disease.
Super sandwich: Try a creamy new condiment on a grilled chicken sammy: Spread walnut butter inside a whole wheat pita, then stuff it with a grilled chicken breast and lettuce.

Also try it in: Thai Roast Beef Wrap

MACADAMIA

Tastes: buttery and delicate
A great source of: palmitoleic acid, a nutrient that appears to rev up metabolism, and selenium, which supports a healthy thyroid.
Super sandwich: For a french-toast-inspired treat, spread two slices of challah bread with macadamia butter and orange marmalade; add a dash of pumpkin pie spice mix. Dip the sandwich in egg and fry in a lightly buttered pan, then dust with confectioners' sugar.

Also try it in: Satay Sliders

CASHEW

Tastes: light and creamy
A great source of: oleic acid, which reduces LDL cholesterol and decreases the risk of heart attack.
Super sandwich: Make a panini special: Spread ricotta cheese and cashew butter on ciabatta, then add banana slices, a pinch of shredded coconut and a dash of cinnamon; grill on a panini press or in a cast-iron skillet.

Also try it in: Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast Sticks

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