I jumped on the almonds-are-good-for-you bandwagon the minute it hit my block.
I’ve like the idea of choosing food that has healthier properties for many years. When I got over the notion of avoiding all fats, and looked at the almond issue critically, I determined that as long as I use a handful and not a bucketful, I can get a pop of protein during that mad dash to court without disastrous impact on my diet.
At the same time, I switched from that schmear of “all natural” PB, crunchy, to a dollop of almond butter, on my morning toast. Then began the next quest: To find the best almond butter, with the fewest additives, or, if possible, none. When a friend tossed a few packets of Justin’s Almond butter my way, I gobbled it up — hook, line and sinker.
Now for the hard part: A jar of Justin’s Almond butter costs $10.50 at HyVee on sale. Ouch. When I realized this (after my husband brought it home, when I went back to get a second jar), I began to wonder if the World’s Best Almond Butter was worth what I paid for it. I put it back on the shelf, and started studying the jars. I discovered that All Natural PB ($5.00/jar) has 7 grams of protein per 2T as does the Justin’s ($10.50 a jar), but Sunflower Seed Butter has 9 grams of protein for each 2T serving and only costs $6.50 a jar. And after a few days of spreading the lovely, no-additives stuff on my toast, I can say goodbye to my Justin’s addiction.
I recently shared some of my difficult life’s events with a friend. He sat and listened receptively, and I tried to relate the events without complaint; just talking. Not whining. And then we moved on to other topics and had a pleasant visit. And I realized that complaining, while satisfying, is expensive, and not necessarily as good for you as some other choices. Kind of like my fancy Almond butter. Costly, with not as much payback.