Peanut butter: a healthy diet food
Researchers, whose study was published in the British Journal of Nutrition, found eating peanut butter quells a person's desire to eat for up to 12 hours.
That's a long time, don't you think?
The spread is particularly satisfying for two reasons.
- Peanuts are high in protein and fiber; they are chock full of healthy oils. These attributes, when working together, promote blood sugar control.
- When we eat the spread our bodies secrete a hormone called peptide YY, which help us feel full.
Inspired? Remember to look for peanut butter without a bunch of junk in it. (You know: molasses, corn syrup and unpronounceable ingredients that have no business in peanut butter, let alone your body). I buy the large jars of all natural peanut butter from Costco, because they contain peanuts and salt. Nothing else.
Here's how I like to eat peanut butter:
- Spread on whole wheat crackers, multi-grain english muffins, or whole wheat toast
- Atop bananas or apples
- In an apple sandwich
- In my new, favorite, granola recipe
- In a smoothie. (I love this recipe from Shape)
- Sandwiched in between two whole grain pieces of bread, and topped with a dab of strawberry jam
How do you take your peanut butter?