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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