I officially declare this PEANUT BUTTER WEEK!
After a quick search on Google, I found that there is no ‘official’ peanut butter week, which I was quite shocked about!
To rectify the situation and to celebrate of my collaboration with Pic’s peanut butter I am making this PEANUT BUTTER WEEK! Which may or may not occur this time next year- to be honest it depends if I remember about it!
What happens on peanut butter week?
Well obviously we eat peanut butter!
Straight from the jar is my favourite way to eat nut butter. But as I’ve already confessed on several occasions (here and here) this can lead to me eating a lot in a short time, which probably isn’t the best thing since even though peanut butter can be healthy (as I explain below) it’s also high in calories so you don’t want to over do it!
Instead of just eating it straight out of the jar this week, I want to show you 6 ways you can eat peanut butter in meals and snacks.
Peanut Butter Week Schedule
Day 1: Breakfast – Peanut butter, Cherry & Chocolate Smoothie Bowl.
Day 2: Lunch – Satay Salad with Courgette & Carrot Ribbons.
Day 3: Dinner – Sweet Potato , Peanut Butter & Banana Dahl
Day 4: Snack – Copy Cat ‘Reeses’ PB Cups (vegan & refined sugar free)
Day 5: Dessert – Peanut butter & avocado chocolate cake
Day 6: How to use your empty peanut butter jar! Butternut squash & PB overnight oats.
WHY EAT PEANUT BUTTER
I like to eat peanut butter because it tastes good. But also because it contains….
Protein. Peanut butter contains around 10 grams per 2 tablespoons.
Monounsaturated Fats, which have been linked to decreased risk of heart disease. Also, when eaten in moderation they can help to prevent weight gain – a study found that people who ate nuts 1-4 times per week were less likely to gain weight than those who rarely or ever ate nuts.
Fibre, which can help digestion and leave you feeling fuller after your meal.
Vitamins & Minerals, such as vitamins B1, B3 and E, as well as copper, manganese.
HOW TO CHOOSE A PEANUT BUTTER
Before I let you loose making my recipes on peanut butter week, I want to make sure that you’re using a healthy peanut butter. Many brands contain palm oil and refined sugar along with other bulking agents. For a healthier peanut butter choose one with
- No palm oil
- No refined sugar
- No salt (optional)
You’ll be amazed that you can actually taste the peanuts so much better.
Although I will warn you that with natural peanut butter the oil may separate and you will see it as a layer of oil on top of the rest of the peanut butter in the jar. Don’t worry it’s totally normal. You just have to stir it back in before you use it. I recommend you use a strong knife. Once I tried with a really cheap spoon and it got bent…. Also, you might be tempted to drain off the oil but I’d recommend you don’t do that because the rest of the peanut butter can become a bit dry by the time you get to the bottom of that jar and it isn’t as nice to eat.
MY FAVORUITE BRANDS
What’s your favourite brand of peanut butter and how are you going to eat it this week?
Tag in your peanut butter pictures on instagram (@healthyandpsyched) or twitter (@healthyandpsych) so I can see your yummy creations.