The recent rise in vegan and vegetarian diets, as well the constant search for sources of protein that help athletes and fitness enthusiasts on their journey has made peanut butter a suitable option for everyone's diet. Plus, it's incredibly versatile and it tastes great. So, should we start doubting it?
The answer is no. Peanuts are a source of proteins, macronutrients, healthy fats and carbohydrates, which are just some of the many nutrients that keep us healthy (1). According to the peanut institute, peanuts provide 7 grams of plant-based protein (2). As a matter of fact, they have a higher protein content than any other nut.
Also, despite it's high fat content, consuming a small daily serving of peanuts has helped people achieve their weight loss goals. In a Harvard study (3), the consumption of peanut butter and peanut oil helped people keep off the weight after 18 months.
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Peanut butter is beneficial and, best of all, delicious. It's the type of food you can have on a slice of bread or as a dipping sauce for your sliced apples. However, peanut butter is so versatile that you can add it to virtually anything.
Make your snacks or meals interesting with one of these recipe ideas.
Cheese Crackers and the Best Peanut Butter
The idea is pretty simple: grab any store bought cheese cracker and spread them with peanut butter. Place another cracker on top to form a sandwich. Since real peanut butter is not substantially sweet, it pairs well with the saltiness of the cracker. Oh, and you get extra points for making the crackers yourself!
Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Smoothie
This is the perfect post workout snack! All you need is to place one banana, a tablespoon of peanut butter, a couple of spoonfuls of cocoa powder and a cup of almond milk. The result is a sweet, rich and chocolatey smoothie that provides the nutrients, sugars, and protein required for your body to recover quickly from an intense session at the gym.
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Peanut Butter S'mores
This is a very simple, yet genius, twist. Instead of adding dabs of chocolate, you spread peanut butter over a couple of graham crackers. You place the crackers on a baking tray, add the marshmallows and jam them into the oven until soft and brown. Does it taste well? Of course it does!
Peanut Butter and Yoghurt Ice Cream Pops
For this idea, you follow the same procedure as the smoothie. Add banana, a couple of spoonfuls of peanut butter and a cup of Greek yoghurt and mix it all in a blender. Fill ice pop molds (or disposable cups) with the mixture and place them in the freezer for a couple of hours. The result is a refreshing popsicle for the last days of summer.
Peanut butter, lemon and Blue Zone’s Nalga de Perro Hot Sauce make a great dressing.
Peanut Butter Quesadillas
Spread peanut butter over a wheat tortilla and add slices of strawberry or banana. Place another tortilla on top and place your "quesadilla" on a frying pan for a couple of minutes, until both sides are golden brown. Is it breakfast or is it dessert? Does it matter? It's too good!
The Best Peanut Butter Dressing
Looking for an easy dipping sauce or dressing for your veggie bowls and salads? All you have to do is mix a couple of spoonfuls of peanut butter, the juice of one lemon and a couple of drops of hot sauce. This sauce is so easy to make and it goes with virtually any savoury dish.
- The Peanut Institute. (2020) "Peanut Nutrition Data". Accessed on: https://peanut-institute.com/nutrition-research/peanut-nutrients/.
- The Peanut Institute. (2020) "Peanuts: The Power of Protein in Every Bite". Accessed on: https://peanut-institute.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Infographic-Protein.pdf
- Harvard School of Public Health. (2018) "Snacking on nuts may help stave off weight gain in the long run". Accessed on: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/eating-nuts-help-lose-weight/
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