Chia seeds, collagen, maca, and more
Nut and seed butters probably make up about 30 percent of my diet on some days. I realize that’s perhaps not the most nutritious choice, but I don’t care one bit. Of course, I don’t always eat my nut butter straight from the jar with a spoon, I smear it on apples and toast, plop it on oatmeal, and blend it into smoothies. Usually I’ll add a shower of chia seeds or ground flaxseed to those toasts or bowls of oatmeal for some extra fiber, because hey, why not. But when I’m eating at work, the last thing I want to do is pull out three or four containers of accoutrements for my nut butter. Of course, as I recently found out, I don’t really have to because there are plenty of nut butters already blended with ingredients to round out the nutrients in a meal like chia and flax. As I dug deeper I found some are even fortified with supplements like collagen, maca, and L-theanine.
Barney Butter specializes in just almond butter, so you know they do it right. Their Raw + Chia blend pairs unroasted, unblanched almonds with chia seeds for a mild nuttiness and a slightly crunchy texture.
If anything happened to the wellness world in 2018, it was that collagen became a common conversation topic. Wild Friends added Vital Proteins collagen peptides to their peanut and almond butters. Keep in mind that the addition of collagen means nut butter is no longer vegan (or even vegetarian).
Though Rawmio started off as an organic chocolate hazelnut spread company, their Almond Superfood Spread packs in a lot more good stuff, like goji berries, chia seeds, and hemp seeds.
Yumbutter, which also makes nut butters fortified with plant protein and probiotics as well as chia seeds, hemp, and goji berries, has blended their Ancient lngergy Amond Butter with maca (an energy-increasing root), guarana (a plant that contains a number of energy-spiking stimulants), and L-theanine (an amino acid that can help with relaxation and focus).
Perhaps the simplest when it comes to “superfoods,” Nuttzo’s Paleo Power Fuel still isn’t your average nut butter. A blend of cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, and chia seed, this is perhaps the best tasting of all the superfood butters because it doesn’t get too wrapped up in supplements. Not to mention blending nuts and seeds together makes for the most uniquely rounded-out nutty flavor.