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Monday, April 16, 2012

The Peanut Butter Post.

I've been having little interest in meat for the past couple weeks.  So I've turned to liquid egg whites (no dodgy stuff added and no cholesterol), nuts, and glorious peanut butter.

Here's a recipe for an easy protein shake from Women's Health Magazine

6 ounces almond milk
1 whole banana
1 tablespoon of peanut butter (Natural is better)
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (Sammy uses Nature’s Best: Zero Carb Isopure Whey Protein)
Mix all ingredients in a blender, pour into a glass, and enjoy. Makes one serving.
Nutritional info: 209 calories, 8 g of fat, 7 g of carbs, 30 g of protein 
Save your quarters by skipping the vending machine's peanut butter crackers and packing your own nutritious snack. For a hunger-curbing option, try 10 multigrain wheat crackers (such as Multigrain Wheat Thins) and a tablespoon of peanut butter. This nutrient-rich snack rings in at just 193 calories and offers 2 grams of fiber. The combination of complex carbs and protein help to keep your blood sugar stable and keep you feeling full longer.

Healthy Peanut Butter balls from Alida's Kitchen
Healthy Peanut Butter Balls
Yields 16-18 balls

1 cup peanut butter, natural is preferred (chunky or creamy)
2 tablespoons honey (or agave nectar)
1 cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed or wheat germ
2 tablespoons sweetened flaked coconut
cocoa powder, wheat germ, powdered sugar, chopped peanuts, (optional) - for coating
  1. Heat peanut butter and honey in the microwave until easily mixed, about 15-20 seconds.  Stir until blended.  
  2. In a separate bowl, mix oats, flaxseed and coconut (if using) until combined.
  3. Add peanut butter mixture to oat mixture and stir until incorporated.  (Mixture may seem a little dry at first...just keep mixing).
  4. Form a rounded tablespoonful of the combined mixture into a ball and place on a plate.  Repeat until all mixture is used.  Now, if you do not want to coat the balls, skip to step 6.  
  5. Roll each ball in whatever coating suits your preference.  Cocoa powder, powdered sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon sugar and chopped peanuts are some ideas.
  6. Chill the plate of balls in the refrigerator to set for at least an hour, or overnight.