Ah, the magical world of peanut butter. There’s nothing you can’t do with a good quality nut butter and a few other wonderful worldly ingredients. Hang on there just one minute though you beautiful health conscious creatures… I said ‘Good quality’ right?? Have you ever studied the label of your favourite peanut loveliness?! Contrary to popular belief, peanut butter is NOT mega high in protein (it’s protein content is deceptively average), it is in fact very high in fats and carbohydrate and unless you read the contents list religiously, you can end up with added salt, sugar, palm/rapeseed oil and who knows what other nasty’s to ruin your healthy adventure with this crunchy nut goodness.
This said, the fats and carbs found inside the nutty butty of choice are considered good healthy versions of the macro nutrients. For example, the carbs are high in fibre which is fabulous for normal bowel function and the fats are good for added omega 3’s which our bodies do not produce alone. On top of these benefits, you can find added potassium in your nut of choice, which for those of you that may need to lower your blood pressure……voila!! When you scour the aisles for that golden jar of butter, be wary of the additives, then your mission, should you choose to accept it is to have control of the portion size you scoop from this golden jar as the calorie count can creep up fast.
So once you’ve found a great quality nut butter that you can chow down on guilt free…. What are you going to do with it? Take my advice, as a personal trainer dishing out your serving size is 80-100% of the issue in not achieving those body goals that you have. So, let me help you with a little recipe that my kids and I loooooove.
- 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 2 tablespoons of your favourite seed, nut or berry mix
Melt the honey and peanut butter, poor in your seed, nut or berry mix. Stir and pop in the freezer on foil or baking paper. Wait an hour before taking out and happily tucking in to this snappy delight
Be warned my fellow healthy warriors, make a small batch as these are terribly moreish and will set you back at least 370 calories if you ate the whole portion made with pumpkin seeds.
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