When it comes to achieving the ultimate physique, your diet is just as, if not more so, important as the training regime that accompanies it. Training alone will only get you so far. It is the diet that will carry you that extra mile and produce results that were previously unachievable.
Now that your diet simply cannot be understated, the next thing you have to work out is which food types will be most beneficial to you and your daily diet. Peanut Butter falls under this beneficial food groups list. Developed in 1890, this product was designed as a meat substitute and is made up of ground up peanuts. Since then it has developed somewhat of a ‘Marmite’ effect amongst individuals, in that you either love it or hate it.
Available in both a smooth and crunchy consistency, this product is easily added to numerous recipes to make delicious main meals and smaller snacks. This article considers the health benefits linked to peanut butter and provides some interesting and alternative recipe ideas.
Dependant upon varieties, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter can contain anywhere from 7-10g of protein. This has obvious health benefits for the promotion of growth and recovery. It also gives you the feeling of fullness, so you won’t need to snack on other less healthy options if utilised within a snack. It also offers a rich amino acid profile.
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as healthy fats. These help promote various health benefits and reduce the chances of developing heart disease and diabetes. In fact, the fats contained within peanut butter have the same ratio of saturated and unsaturated as products such as olive oil.
As well as providing protein and healthy fats, a 2 tablespoon serving of peanut butter will also provide approximately 2g of fiber. Although not enough on its own, amongst other fibre rich food this will assist in reducing hunger levels by providing your body with a drip feed supply of healthy nutrients whilst also promoting regular bowel movements.
The potassium contained within peanut butter promotes several positive health benefits on the body. One of these relates to combating and counteracting the negative effects of excess sodium and its ability to impact upon the cardiovascular system. Even the salted varieties of peanut butter contain less sodium than potassium for this very reason.
Listed above are four healthy reasons why peanut butter should feature within your diet. Apart from the high protein content, the inclusion of healthy fats, high fibre content and the inclusion of potassium, it also goes alongside various food products to make a healthy snack or meal.
Snack ideas vary dependant on your taste buds and creativity in the kitchen. The good old favourite is peanut butter and jam on wholemeal bread with a glass of milk to wash it all down. You could also consider spreading peanut on a banana or mixing it into a smoothie of your choice.
If you’re looking to add peanut butter to a main meal then why not try adding it as a chicken breast coating and serve alongside wholemeal rice and broccoli. If you have any good, creative ideas for using peanut butter in your cooking then why not leave a comment below.