It's no wonder fitness fanatics are usually peanut butter fiends — unlike with eggs, meat or beans, you don't have to fire up the stove to get all the nutty protein and gut-filling fats peanut butter provides. Just pop the top and grab a spoon. But just using peanut butter or another nut or seed butter as a spread sells it short. This delicious stuff can be deployed to make sweet breakfasts sweeter, noodle dishes creamier and vegetables protein-packed.
"There are a lot of delicious, nutritious ways to use peanut butter in the kitchen besides spreading it on bread," says Lee Zalben, founder and president of Peanut Butter & Co. "It's a great replacement for butter, cream or sugar in lots of situations." Here are six strategies to help you to add peanut butter at every meal for more flavor and good fat.