Spread Yourself Thin

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Think outside the bread box. Bread isn’t just for PB&Js or butter anymore. There are new twists to eating healthy with spreads on your bread. Dips and spreads are a great way to spice up a party, the dinner table or a picnic table. The bold flavors, creamy textures, and endless choices draw family and friends together for fun and conversation. At the same time, they are typically loaded with hidden calories, tons of sodium and saturated fat that are too difficult to resist and track. And why not try a healthy alternative for a healthier you? Instead of butter, give these alternative spreads a try.

  • There has been a fascination with avocados and with good reason. What could be better than a buttery, ripe avocado smashed onto hearty, crusty bread? Not only does it taste incredible, but the combo of healthy fats and fiber is also super satisfying no matter what time of day hunger strikes.
  • Hummus has taken on a new twist in taste. Some grocery stores sell a variety of flavors other than the popular regular, roasted garlic or roasted red pepper. Now you can buy different flavors like carrot and beet. Hummus is made from garbanzo beans a.k.a. chickpeas. They are loaded with fiber, low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Hummus is a much better spread or dip than mayo. There are several studies that show the benefits of consuming beans. They reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, helps to regulate your blood sugar and decreases the risk of developing cancer.
  • Almond butter or other nut butters could help stave off hunger, if eaten for breakfast, most of the day. According to the British Journal of Nutrition, women who at peanut butter for breakfast produced more of the appetite-suppressing hormone PYY and felt fuller for up to eight hours afterward. Just be careful not to consume for than 1 – 2 tablespoons per day.
  • Eating roasted vegetables as part of a meal is great, but to take those same vegetables, puree them with spicy brown mustard puts mayo to shame. I had some leftover roasted veggies like carrots, purple onions, zucchini, and mushrooms. They went into the blender with another one of my spread alternatives over mayonnaise, spicy brown mustard and voila! a new spread for my sandwiches was born. Go for it on a slice of whole grain toasted bread or flatbread.
  • The most popular bean dip for parties, or snacks is hummus. For a change is taste, texture and color, try White Bean dip or go for Black Bean Dip. The health benefit is that they are loaded with fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants.

When you want to add more zip to your sandwich and less fat to your waist, spread on one these healthy and delicious spreads. It’ll taste better, have greater health benefits and keep that unwanted weight off.

Keep me posted. I would love to know what your favorite spread is.

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