Healthy Eats: Yummy or Funky — Sunflower Butter

I’m a peanut butter addict, and I’m not afraid to admit it.  I eat it often, whether it’s spread on wheat bread, sliced fruit, dropped into a smoothie, or spread between a layer of chocolate (hey, a girl has to splurge).  So if opposites attract, there’s one reason why my husband and I hit it off so well.  Nate is deathly allergic to peanuts.

The only time he tasted the creamy goodness was when his mom gave him a tiny taste when he was just a baby.  One emergency visit later; and he was destined to live without peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter and bananas, peanut butter cups, and… well… just peanut butter. 

And so I thought it fitting to begin my journey into the world of unfamiliar health foods by trying sunflower butter

One of my favorite things about peanut butter — other than it’s amazing deliciousness — is that it gives me SO much energy.  It has always been my favorite pre-workout snack.  With Nate planning on working out with me this summer though, I’ve been at a loss as to what kind of pre-workout snack would fit.  (Yes, I am completely dependent on nuts).

I’ve been reading lately about how sunflower butter is a great substitute for peanut butter.  Soooo, Nate and I put it to the test…

I spread a thin layer of the smooth butter onto a perfectly toasted English muffin, cut it into four sections, and then portioned a little piece aside for me and Nate.

I’m hooked; because it’s creamy, has great flavor, and still will give me the energy I’m looking for.  Sadly to say, my husband did not like it.  It’s like this:  you know what playdough tastes like, even though you’ve never eaten it (or haven’t since you were about two years old).  Well, Nate still knows what peanut butter tastes like and eating sunflower butter — to him — was too similar. He just couldn’t let himself enjoy it… and then he ended up with a seriously itchy mouth.  So he’s wondering if he might be allergic to sunflower seeds. (Is that even possible??).

To sum it all up, I am still looking for an alternative to nuts for a pre-workout snack that my husband can enjoy.  But at least I can enjoy the jar of sunflower butter!  And Nate isn’t deathly allergic, like he is to peanuts, so I can eat it around him without worrying.

Sunflower Butter RATINGS:

Nicole          : Yummy!!                                       Nate                    : Funky


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One Response to Healthy Eats: Yummy or Funky — Sunflower Butter

  1. Aw, that stinks that Nate doesn’t like the sunflower butter, but at least you have a yummy protein/fat choice for working out! 😀

    Oh, and yes, it is possible for people to be allergic to sunflower seed butter, but it’s really, really rare. And it’s an entirely separate allergy then being allergic to nuts (so you can be allergic to nuts, but not sunflower seeds and vice versa.) I’ll bet you’re right about Nate having bad associations with the creamy butter because of his allergic reaction as a kid…that would definitely be traumatic!!

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