Peanut Butter: A Nutritious, Convenient, Portable Protein Source

10 Dec

jif-peanut-butter[1]Looking for ways to get more protein in your diet?  Peanut butter can be a great addition.  This versatile spread lends itself to any meal or snack throughout the day.  Two tablespoons provide 8 grams of quality protein and healthy (unsaturated) fats.  Whether you are trying to lose, gain, or maintain your weight, a serving of peanut butter on whole-wheat bread makes a healthy snack that will stick with you.  Additionally, a 200-calorie serving of peanut butter is far less expensive than a 200-calorie protein bar.  Likewise, ounce for ounce, peanut butter is less expensive than other protein sources such as cheeses and meats.

There are no limits to the different ways you can eat peanut butter.  Here are some ideas (in addition to the good ol’ PB&J):

  • Spread peanut butter on whole-grain toast, bagel, or English muffin
  • Spread it on a cracker (graham cracker, Ritz cracker, etc.)
  • Spread in on a piece of fruit (apple, banana, etc.) or vegetable (carrot, celery, etc.)
  • Mix it in your oatmeal
  • Blend it in your smoothie or protein shake
  • Eat it straight out of the jar

Someone shared this simple recipe with me, years ago.  The combination of ingredients is a little bit different, but give it a try… I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  Top a whole-grain bagel or English muffin with peanut butter, Canadian bacon, and sliced apple.  Eat it open-faced, or as a sandwich.  Enjoy!


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