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postheadericon Peanut Butter – A Few Facts (& 2 Peanut Butter Recipes!)

Creamy Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter is one of the most popular foods that kids (and adults!) love to eat. Peanut Butter is full of nutrition, can be added to a variety of healthy breakfast recipes (pancakes, toast, homemade breakfast bars), is jelly’s buddy when it comes to one of the most popular sandwiches ever created, is added to quite a few candy bars for extra deliciousness, and of course is often eaten all by itself by dipping a spoon right in the jar to be enjoyed for its wonderful simplicity.

Peanut Butter Nutrition

It’s important to understand that the less refined the peanut butter, meaning the less it is processed and thus the less additional and unnecessary ingredients it contains, the better! Two tablespoons of peanut butter contain about 190 calories, provides about 6 grams of carbohydrates, about 2 grams of fiber, about 8 grams of protein, and about 25% of your daily intake of monounsaturated fats (which is good1).

Peanut Butter – Fat & Calories

Although Peanut Butter is high in calories, it offers lots of nutritional benefits. Most of the calories comes from the high amount of fat, yet the majority of these fats are monounsaturated, which is a good fat as it can help to lower your LDL (aka bad) cholesterol. The other fats are polyunsaturated, which helps to raise your HDL (aka good) cholesterol, so it’s really a win-win when it comes to the fats found in Peanut Butter. A small amount of carbohydrates, proteins, and fiber (as well as other essentials) are also included in Peanut Butter.

Looking for a Peanut Butter Recipe?

Try out one or both of these super easy Peanut Butter recipes. Be sure to share the end result as well as if you altered the recipe to make it even more healthy!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter cookies are easy to make and quite delicious! 1/2 heaping cup whole wheat flour 3/4 cups of quick oats 1/3 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 heaping cup of Peanut Butter 1/3 cup agave syrup 1 large egg 1 1/2 tsps vanilla Heat oven to 375°. First combine all the dry ingredients and mix well. Then combine all the wet ingredients and mix them together well. Then blend the two together, once again mixing well until fully blended. Drop a tablespoon or so of the Peanut Butter cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 9 – 11 minutes. TIPS: Put the dough into the refrigerator for about half an hour, which make sit easier to work with. Flatten dough with a fork for a more traditional look. Sprinkle a few small dark chocolate chips of top for extra specialness!

Peanut Butter Balls

This Peanut Butter recipe is super fun for kids to make as well as super delicious! 1 1/2 cups of quick oats 1/4 – 1/3 cup of agave syrup 2/3 cup of Peanut Butter 1/4 cup of Flax Seeds (also adds crunch, which some kids like and some don’t) 1/4 cup of raisins or chocolate chips 1/2 tsp vanilla Mix together well and chill for a couple of hours. Enjoy!!

How to Make Peanut Butter – So Simple!

Put (roasted and blanched) peanuts into a grinder. Add salt to taste. Sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oil (although hydrogentated vegetable oil keeps the the Peanut Butter oils from seperating from the Peanut Butter itself, it contains trans fats, which are bad news!) are also commonly added for flavor. TIP: You don’t have to keep Peanut Butter in the refrigerator. IMPORTANT!: It is highly recommended that children under the age of two avoid eating peanut butter due to a possible allergic reaction. Therefore, recipes with peanuts should also be avoided.

 

postheadericon Vegetarian Breakfast – Bagel w/Cream Cheese, Tomato, and… Bacon?

A Great Alternative to Regular Bacon!

Choosing to eat a Vegetarian Breakfast is easier than some may think, making this healthy breakfast recipe a must for practicing vegetarians as well as one that people who aren’t vegetarians will surely like, as well!

Vegetarian

I ate this breakfast a lot while in college just a couple years ago, and loved it so much that I have made it a regular part of my diet. I had a few leftover pieces of bacon from breakfast the previous day and as I was making a bagel with cream cheese, I wondered what it would taste like if I added bacon. And since I love BLT sandwiches, and I had a few tomatoesthat were ripe, I began to experiment. I toasted the bagel until it was well done (I like just about all my foods well done), put about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese on top (watch those fat calories!), then the bacon, and then the tomatoes on top. I took a bite of my new creation, and liked it so much that I ate this as a mid-breakfast snack at least once a week.

BAGEL:

Choose a whole wheat or whole grain bagel that contains as few ingredients as possible. TIP – Wait until the bagel cools off for a minute or two before putting on the cream cheese so it won’t melt into the bagel. Unless you like that, of course! (A bagel is considered to be a vegetarian food.)

CREAM CHEESE:

Substitute Neufchatel Cheese, which tastes very similar and contains about 30% less in both fat and calories. (Cream cheese is considered to be a vegetarian food.)

TOMATOES:

Choose your favorite tomato – Roma, Beefsteak, Hothouse, it’s up to you! Remember to add a dash of salt to bring out that great tomato flavor! (Tomatoes are considered to be a vegetarian food.)

BACON:

Since eating bacon has been considered to be not so healthy due to the nitrates, I started to use Smart Bacon instead. This is a great bacon substitute for vegetarians! Although it may take some time to get used to the difference, I highly recommend giving it a try as it is so much better for you and can easily be integrated into your healthy diet regime. (Regular bacon is notconsidered to be a vegetarian food.)

Vegetarianism

I’ve only recently thought about becoming a vegetarian. I’ve always liked to eat meat, so although the thought has crossed my mind from time to time, I never thought about seriously until lately. I watched the documentary Forks over Knives and it was a real eye-opener. I’ve cut down on how much meat I eat, and am currently finding meat substitutes, such as the Smart Bacon mentioned here in this post. Now the idea of being vegetarian is appealing to me and I think about this every time I go grocery shopping. For instance, recently I wanted to buy lunch meat and I looked for a vegetarian substitute and found one. Although eating vegetarian foods will take some getting used to, that’s fine. I just add a few other foods (avocado, red leaf lettuce, provolone cheese) to make the overall sandwich one that is quite delicious!

 

postheadericon Kids and Eating – Giving Them the Power To Make Healthy Food Choices

Healthy Food – Give Kids a Few Choices!

Healthy Food Choices

Unless you are one of the too few people who are already in the habit of making healthy food choices, it can be really hard to come up with healthy food ideas on a regular basis. This holds true especially for kids, who tend to be particularly picky when it comes to general eating, making finding healthy breakfast recipes for kids an even more difficult task. One great tip is to start incorporating a variety of healthy food choices as soon and as often as possible so that kids have the chance to grow up feeling like there are a ton of different food choices available, which there are! Kids need to be excited about trying new healthy foods, because who knows? Maybe the next healthy food they try will end up being one of their absolute favorites!

Picky Eaters

If you have children that are already picky eaters and thus often refuse to try a new healthy food, don’t despair as it is never too late to introduce them to new healthy foods. Just be sure to not force them to try a new food as they will most likely shy away if you do. Instead, let them be a part of the food buying and preparing process, which will make them feel as if they indeed have a voice when it comes to choosing and eating the foods they like. For example, take them with you to the grocery store and let them pick out a new fruit or vegetable to try. In fact, before you go look through one of your magazines or go online so that you can both look for a few healthy food options and then let them choose a healthy recipe that the whole family can try! Even if it doesn’t work out, that’s okay as you can try again next week.

To Eat Healthy

To eat healthy is to feel strong, so be sure to do all you can to ensure that your kids are getting all the necessary nutrition they require. Especially in their younger years so that they are able to have a strong base and are able to perform at their very best! Don’t allow them to be a slave to eating all the processed foods that are geared towards making our lives easier. If you do, they will become addicted (yes, addicted!) to this very unhealthy way of eating, which will be super hard to break one day. Look at the ingredients in order to see what you are truly giving your child, keeping in mind that most processed foods are void of any nutritional value, instead adding preservatives to keep the foods on the shelf longer and dyes so that the food looks like real food. Be sure to visit my other site for a few extra tips on feeding picky kids.