Before we set off on a crazy week peanut butter filled week, I want to discuss how to eat peanut butter in a healthy way and then whet your appetite for the delicious recipes that are to come during PEANUT BUTTER WEEK 2017 (a.k.a. the week when I post at least one peanut butter related post EVERY DAY!).
So we all know that peanut butter is amazing. As a meme I found on the internet once said…
- tastes good,
- is oh so satisfying when it sticks to the roof of your mouth
- has nutritional benefits
But not all peanut butter is created equal!
HEALTHY EATING & PEANUT BUTTER
Is your peanut butter healthy?
You might think that you are picking up a jar of ground peanuts, but it could actually contain far more ingredients than you’d imagined, including sugar, palm oil, emulsifiers and artificial flavourings. Find out how to pick a healthier peanut butter here.
That said, if you love sweetened peanut butter like Skippy’s or JIF then go ahead and enjoy it as part of a balanced diet. I am starting to realise more and more the importance of being flexible in your diet and how it can be much healthier to enjoy treats than to try and eat 100% ‘clean’ all the time.
Are you eating peanut butter in a healthy way?
About 5 years ago when I was trying to lose weight I had the mentality of ‘eat fat, get fat’, and since peanuts contain a high percentage of fat I was very weary of them. I would eat peanut butter because I really love it, but usually I would feel guilty afterwards- which doesn’t indicate that I had a good relationship with food. Fast forward a few years and I had learnt that eating fats such as those contained in peanuts is healthy for your body. At this point I kind of flipped the other way and started consuming it by the jar full, almost unable to stop spooning it into my mouth! I got to the point of literally googling ‘is it okay to eat a whole jar of peanut butter’ and ‘calories in peanut butter’. Clearly this binge eating also wasn’t a healthy way to eat peanut butter.
Fast forward to now and I usually eat 2-3 spoons a day- some at breakfast and some more as an afternoon or after dinner snack. Some days I eat more and some days I don’t have any at all, but it doesn’t bother me to either way because it will balance out in the long run.
I’m gonna ask you again – Are you eating peanut butter in a healthy way?
You might be totally happy in your relationship with food and not even think about it enough to consider you have a ‘relationship’ with it. However, I know far too many people, especially health bloggers, who laugh at the meme I posted above (or the ‘pours peanut butter over life’ one) because it’s scarily true for them. If you did relate to either of the eating styles I mentioned above then I would encourage you to enjoy peanut butter in moderation this week – and if you do happen to eat one too many homemade peanut butter delights during peanut butter week then that’s okay too.
Okay…. That just got way deeper than I intentioned when planning this post. I think it’s because yesterday was the end of an re:Wellbeing workshop that I ran with an amazing group of women to help them overcome emotional eating. They were so positive and responsive and made massive changes in just 21 days, which made me so proud and I am excited to share more on the topic!
OKAY- BACK TO THE PEANUTTY FUN.
IN PEANUT BUTTER WEEK 2017…
Get excited for …
You won’t want to miss a thing!
PLUS! AN AMAZING COMPETITION COMING YOUR WAY SOON DURING PEANUT BUTTER WEEK 2017.