It’s comforting. It’s creamy. It’s satisfying.
I get it.
But what does it mean? Why do we crave it? Why can we not put the spoon down?
Here are three factors that could be causing you to crave peanut butter:
Calorie Deficient: Yup, you are not eating enough so your body is craving high calorie foods. This is the number one factor to why we crave peanut butter (or other dense, rich foods like fast food and cheese). We simply have not been giving our bodies enough fuel for the past day, week or even month. We can fix this by eating more! Of course not by eating denser rich foods, but by eating more nutrient dense foods like greens. Make sure you are eating three meals a day and healthy morning and afternoon snacks. Quick Tip: Eat more!
Stress and Boredom: Welcome to the world of psychologically-rooted cravings. You might associate peanut butter as calming, relaxing and a mood-lifter so anytime you are bored or stressed your psychologically-rooted craving kicks in. When you start to crave peanut butter, before reaching for a spoon, take a moment to reflect on where the craving is coming from. Is it because you are searching for something outside of yourself (i.e. excitement, tranquility, comfort) and can you get those feelings without using food as a numbing agent? Quick Tip: Pause and reflect. Where is your craving rooted from?
Energy: Peanut Butter (organic of course), provides us with energy. When you are craving peanut butter your body might need a pick me up! Reach for green tea first and see if that kicks the urge. Quick Tip: Have a cup of green tea.
The Nitty Gritty:
The benefits to eating peanut butter:
-Each serving (2 tablespoons) provides you with about 7.7 grams of protein (keeps your tissues strong and promotes immune function), 16 grams of fat (source of energy), 6.9 grams of carbohydrates (fuel your brain, liver and muscle tissue), 2.6 grams of fiber.
-Vitamin E (controls inflammation and prevents tissue damage)
-Vitamin B-3 (energy production, cell development)
-Magnesium & Cooper
There are also negatives:
-Overeating is big. Since the portion size (2 tbls) is small we tend to eat way more.
-Overly processed. This is key here. I am allergic to peanuts but have no issue eating processed peanut butter (like Skippy) because it is mostly made up of sugar, salt and corn syrup! That is scary. When choosing peanut butter, look at the ingredients. It should mainly be just peanuts.
Soul Tips: Before you opt for a spoonful, pause for a moment and see what you are really craving. If you actually are craving peanut butter for reasons that make sense, stick to the correct serving size and make sure you are eating organic peanut butter.