It's no wonder that fitness fans are peanut butter demons - unlike eggs, meat or beans, you do not have to turn on the oven to get all the walnut protein and the gut full of fat that Peanut butter provides. Just take off the lid, grab a spoon, and be more and more muscular while you fight against fat.
But just using peanut butter or other nut butter as a spread or in shakes is not enough. It can be implemented to make sweet breakfasts, plates of creamy sweet noodles and vegetables full of proteins. Six strategies help you add peanut butter to each meal for more flavor and good fats.
There are plenty of delicious and nutritious ways to use peanut butter in the kitchen, in addition to smearing it on bread. It is a great substitute for butter, cream or sugar in a lot of situations.
Lee Zalben, founder and president of Peanut Butter & Co.
At breakfast: change for syrup and butter
Oatmeal is already a staple for healthy weight loss, full of fiber and whole grains They keep you full. To further avoid the temptation to snack during the day, try PB-and-J, suggested Zalben Lee, founder and president of Peanut Butter & Co.
"It's a great substitute for butter, cream or sugar in a lot of situations, "he said. In addition to its use in oatmeal, Zalben suggested adding a little to the pancake batter. "Add a spoonful of our peanut butter, cinnamon and a few chopped apples and the simple pancakes turn into a kind of apple fritters with cinnamon and raisins".
Peanut butter or other nut butters may even act as a substitute for syrup. Julie Fagan, the food blogger behind Peanut Butter Fingers, said she likes to use it for easy stuffed French toast. To do so, cut two slices of fresh French bread, then spread almond or peanut butter between the slices and cover with slices of banana, strawberries or other fruits.
At lunch: add PB & J...; or try a pizza with peanut butter
Reduce sugar and add more protein to PB & J with ricotta. According to Fagan: "It's one of my favorite sandwiches to pack, combine raspberries or any kind of fresh fruit with ricotta cheese, and put it on bread with peanut butter."
Or, he said, make it even more interesting and incorporate vegetables, spices and flavors from Thailand to create a peanut butter pizza. Simply smear a pizza dough with peanut butter, cheese and vegetables commonly used in Thai cooking: bean sprouts, carrots, chives, broccoli and hot peppers.
At dinner: salad dressing, marinated meat and noodle and rice sauce
Snack: peanut butter and granola bars
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Peanut butter is great for joining foods, according to food writer Phoebe Lapine, and can be used to create chewy, unbaked, or crispy and cooked granola bars.
To make any type of granola bar, mix: 1 1/4 cups of crispy rice cereal 1 1/3 cups of oatmeal 1/4 cup of blanched almonds 1/3 cup of peanut butter 1/3 cup of oil 1/4 cup of honey 1/4 cup of brown sugar.
For crunchy bars, bake at 350 F for five minutes in a square pan and then cut.
For the crumbly granola ready to bag, blogger Julie Fagan mixes 2 tablespoons of peanut butter with 2 tablespoons of honey and bakes in the microwave for about 20 seconds until melted. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and vanilla extract, then add 1 cup of oatmeal and stir until coated. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray and bake at 325° F for eight minutes. Finally, allow it to cool until crisp.