Just when we thought our favourite peanut butter, Pic’s, couldn’t get any better, it did. Now Pic’s Peanut Butter is available in a convenient ‘Slug’ to take with you as the perfect fuel, whether after the gym, packed in a rucksack when hiking, on a plane, or as a quick, easy snack when it’s too long between meals!
Just like the jars of Pic’s PB, the slugs are made from Australian roasted peanuts (99.5%) and salt. They are gluten free, dairy free, have no added sugar, nor anything else! Not only are the slugs delicious and satisfying, they are packed with nutrients, including protein, fibre, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which have been associated with numerous health benefits. For example….
Health benefits of Pic’s Peanut Butter
Vitamin B3 (Niacin): Essential nutrient for energy production and healthy nervous system and liver function. Consuming sufficient niacin has been associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimers Disease and may also be helpful in the treatment of mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): Another essential water soluble B vitamin necessary for healthy nervous system, blood sugar regulation and facilitates the conversion of carbohydrates into energy.
Vitamin B9 (folate): This nutrient is necessary for healthy blood cell formation, assists in carbohydrate metabolism and is required in additional quantities during pregnancy and other times of rapid growth, such as infancy and adolescence.
Vitamin E: An anti-inflammatory fat soluble vitamin, which protects cells against free radical damage, with studies suggesting a number of benefits including cardio vascular health, healthy immune function and improved cognitive function
The Hi Oleic peanuts used in Pic’s Peanut Butter means that there is a higher ratio of mono-unsaturated fats. In fact, the fatty acid profile is similar to that of olive oil. These mono unsaturated fats not only have well established health benefits, particularly for cholesterol metabolism and overall heart health, but also preserve the freshness of the peanut butter, extending shelf life.
Why Pic’s PB is great for digestive health
The high fibre content contributes to a healthy digestive system while the high oleic oil content increases the body’s ability to utilise the fat as fuel, rather than store as body fat and increases satiety, thereby assisting with achieving and maintaining body weight. High fibre intake has been shown to positively improve gut flora diversity, contributing to a healthy microbiome which influences all aspects of our health from neurology to our immune systems, as well as improving energy metabolism.
What we love the Pic’s Peanut Butter Slugs
Aside from ease of transportation and convenience, another advantage of the Pic’s Slugs is the ready-made portion control. As Pic’s is so delicious, it can be a little addictive! Each slug contains 746kj (178 calories), 8g protein, 14.3g fat (mostly mono-unsaturated) and 4.3g carbohydrates (of which 2.3g is fibre) – a fantastic choice when it comes to healthy snacks.
Here are a few of our go-to snack ideas using Pic’s PB slugs:
Celery sticks and Pic’s Peanut Butter
Apple slices and Pic’s Peanut Butter
Rice and quinoa cakes with banana and Pic’s Peanut Butter
*Rice & quinoa cakes are a good source of the amino acid, methionine, which is a limiting amino acid in peanut butter, whilst celery and apples also contain a small amount of this amino acid, methionine, helping to make this snack a complete protein source.
This pairing of ingredients adds even more nutrients to provide a perfectly balanced snack. That said, it is also delicious on its own, straight from the slug!