What my degree in IPE didn't teach me about baking, DIY, fitness, and life…
I have a confession to make. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, it shouldn’t come as a surprise at all! Anyway, here goes: My name is Jessi and I heart peanut butter! Today is a very special day in my annual calendar – National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day!
Yes, I’m one of the those Americans that grew up eating it pretty much every day. It was either lunch – in the form of pb&j (always Smucker’s Strawberry Preserves btw) , or pb&honey when I got tired of the jam, or dinner or snack – can you say ants on a log anyone?! (That’s peanut butter on celery sticks with raisins in case you’re wondering)
When Halloween came along (or I guess I should say COMES along) each year, my candy preference and trading strategy were (are) clear: all the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Reese’s Pieces, and Butterfinger were naturally for me. You can have the Nerds, Smarties, Gobstoppers, Mounds, Almond Joys etc… just save the peanut butter chocolate combo for me (well, ok – I also have a serious sweet spot for candy corn, but that’s another story). Feeling deprived here in Belgium, I even tried to make my own Butterfinger, and my candy experiments were all about the pb & chocolate combos.
When I started running, I made a wonderful, wonderful discovery: peanut butter is a great runner’s food. In fact, one of the favourite (and best) pre-race foods among runners is peanut butter and banana on a bagel or whole wheat toast, score!
is the all too common misconception that peanut butter isn’t good for you. Yes, it’s true that it is calorie dense (180-210 calories per serving), but it packs a serious nutritional punch. It’s full of vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, and the immunity boosting vitamin B6. Though heavy on the fat, it’s the good kind – monounsaturated. And with a great ratio of fiber to protein, it keeps you fuller longer, reducing the amount of calories you eat overall. Numerous studies have shown that people who regularly eat nuts (particularly peanut butter) are less likely to develop heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Plus peanut butter has boron, which is a bone-builder and it has sterols, which helps reduce your cholesterol. In short, peanut butter is a healthy part of a good diet. So go eat some!
I’m not guaranteeing these are healthy though =p (click on pictures for recipe and post)