Peanut butter is a staple among fitness enthusiasts and athletes. Its popularity lies in the high protein and carbohydrates it provides as well as it being an easy to use spread which you can have a spoonful of anytime. Whether it’s spread across a toast or added to your protein shake, peanut butter can be eaten anytime during the day.
Can it help in weight loss?
Since it’s so popular among many fitness enthusiasts, it’s quite clear that it plays a role in fat loss. When people see the high amount of fat content on its labels, they deter from purchasing it. That’s where some extra research needs to be done. The fat present in peanut butter is called ‘mono-saturated fat’ and is considered healthy. It decreases the risk of heart diseases and raises the good cholesterol levels without increasing the overall cholesterol. Apart from that, consuming healthy fat makes the body more efficient in burning carbohydrates by ramping up the enzymatic machinery.
Eating peanut butter also gives a sense of fullness for several hours which prevents cravings and reduces the need for snacking. So whenever you feel the need for munching on something filling and delicious, make sure its peanut butter.
Nutrition facts per 100 g
- Calories: 588
- Total fat: 50 g
- Protein: 25 g
- Carbohydrates: 20 g
- Fiber: 6 g
- Sugar: 9 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Ways to add peanut butter to your diet
- Dip apple slices in peanut butter.
- Spread peanut butter onto a banana cut in half.
- Spread peanut butter on celery.
- Have peanut butter on whole grain bread.
- Try it on an English muffin.
- Spread peanut butter on whole wheat crackers.
- Try peanut butter spread on tortilla.
Peanut Butter Protein Bars
A high-protein snack for satisfying your peanut butter craving on the go. This combination of peanut butter with bran cereal gives these bars a great texture as well as a delicious taste.
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup crunchy peanut butter
5 cups bran flakes
1 cup chopped craisins
Put honey in a pot on medium heat, add sugar and stir until it melts. Add cinnamon and stir until it dissolves. Stir the peanut butter into the honey mixture until it becomes smooth. Remove from heat and stir in bran flakes and Craisins. Press into a pan lined with foil and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Enjoy your healthy and delicious snack.