Peanut Butter, My Best Friend in the Kitchen

I’m a Proud Guilt-Free Peanut Butter Addict

My day starts with peanut butter and ends with peanut butter. I always add one tablespoon of this deliciousness in my oatmeal bowl. Every. Single. Morning. I also found a way to take peanut butter with coffee! Coffee is the second love of my life, after peanut butter. So I found a way to have both at the same time! I will share my little coffee-peanut butter secret towards the end of this article. Right now, I want to highlight the reasons why I’m a proud peanut butter addict and especially, why I’m totally guilt-free about it!

 

Prevention Magazine highlights The Benefits Of Peanut Butter:

  1. It helps you lose weight

Calling peanut butter a diet food, with 180 to 210 calories per serving, may seem counter-intuitive. But it has the enviable combination of fiber (2 g per serving) and protein (8 g per serving) that fills you up and keeps you feeling full longer, so you eat less overall. Plus, there’s nothing more indulgent than licking peanut butter off a spoon–and indulgence (in moderation) helps dieters fight cravings and stay on track.

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  1. It’s packed with nutrition

A serving of peanut butter has 3 mg of the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, 49 mg of bone-building magnesium, 208 mg of muscle-friendly potassium, and 0.17 mg of immunity-boosting vitamin B6. Research shows that eating peanuts can decrease your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic health conditions. One study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that consuming 1 ounce of nuts or peanut butter (about 2 tablespoons) at least 5 days a week can lower the risk of developing diabetes by almost 30%.

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  1. It’s got the good fat

Peanut butter is chock-full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. A recent study found that insulin-resistant adults who ate a diet high in monos had less belly fat than people who ate more carbohydrates or saturated fat. PS: If you’re buying reduced-fat peanut butter because you think it’s better for your waistline, save your money. The calories are the same (or even a little higher) thanks to the extra ingredients that are added to make up for the missing fat (including more sugar).

 

Time for my secret coffee-peanut butter recipe!

Okay, so it does sound weird, but with the popular trend in flavored coffees… and the butter coffee rage started by Dave Asprey of Bulletproof Coffee fame, the world of coffee options is wide open. We can get amaretto or almond flavoring, and one of the most popular is hazelnut. These are all nuts, so why not peanuts? We prefer using unsalted peanuts, though if you’re a fan of Salted Caramel coffee, then you might want to try yours using salted peanut butter.

Is it good? YES! Tried, tested and retested a hundred times! I find it absolutely delicious.

Editor’s Note: Now, of course you realize that not all peanut butters are created equal. Most have sugar, added oils (even bad oils, such as soy and canola) and salt. Of course these taste good, but… they’re not good for you, so we encourage you to shift your tastes—it takes time, but it’s totally doable—to get more and more accustomed to natural, unsweetened options.

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Black organic coffee blended with 1 tablespoon of almond butter.

As your taste buds get more refined, you’ll grow to prefer these. Truly.

Author’s Recipe: (for best results):
1 mug of prepared, hot coffee
1 Tablespoon smooth, unsalted peanut butter
Optional:
     1 pack or tsp sweetener (optional; we recommend 100% Stevia if you must use sweetener) 
     dollop of milk (optional)

OR,
Editor’s Butter Coffee, Bulletproof style Recipe:
1 mug of prepared hot coffee
1 Tablespoon peanut butter (or other nut butter; we used almond butter)
Optional:
     1 teaspoon of Coconut Oil
     1/2 Tablespoon unsalted butter, from grassfed cows (optional, because the peanut butter provides the healthy fat content that maximizes the coffee-brain connection)

Place a mug of hot prepared coffee into a blender. Add a the tablespoon of peanut butter into mug, add whatever other ingredients of choice you’re using. Blend on high for 30 seconds.

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Yummy black coffee with unsalted organic butter from grassfed cows, with coconut oil, Bulletproof Coffee style!

RESOURCES

ARTICLES:
The Benefits Of Peanut Butter
, Prevention Magazine
Butter Coffee with Coconut Oil, MyTrainerFitness.com
Butter Makes Coffee Better, BestFitLife.com
Coffee Logic: Peanut Butter, Putting Weird Things in Coffee

BOOKS:
The Bulletproof Diet on Amazon

PRODUCTS:
Bulletproof Coffee and high performance products, on Bulletproof.com
Coconut Oil on Amazon
Organic Coffee on Amazon
Organic, Unsalted Peanut Butter on Amazon, (Trader Joe’s contains no sugar!)
Butter, Unsalted, Grassfed Cows, 8 packages
Ghee, unsalted, Grassfed Cows