Happy National Peanut Butter Day! It’s true, there is officially a day for everything it seems. I prefer to honor peanut butter and all of its creamy, delicious glory everyday. Not only is it the perfect punch of protein, but it is temperature safe which makes it handy for an on the go snack- perfect to complement fruit, veggies and whole grain crackers! Peanut butter is full of the heart healthy “good fats” and can be part of a healthy meal plan. It is best to keep peanut butter servings in moderation (about 1 tbsp) to avoid racking up the calories. I recommend low-cal versions like PB2 by Bell Plantation or Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter to avoid any hydrogenated oils (yuck). Try the following no-bake peanut butter oatmeal power balls from caloriecount.about.com for a filling afternoon snack or pair with a piece of fruit for an easy breakfast.
What you will need (makes 18):
-4 tbsp peanut butter
-2 tbps honey
- 1 tbsp skim milk
- 2 cups oats
Mix peanut butter and honey together in medium bowl. Add oats until combined, adding milk if necessary to moisten (should be crumbly). Roll into tight balls and store in refrigerator
The Nutritional Breakdown (1 ball):
64 calories, 2.4 grams of fat, 8.7grams of carbohydrates and 2.3 grams of protein.
We can point several fingers as to the cause of the growing obesity epidemic, but added sugar from daily beverages seem to stand out as a leading culprit. ”Soft-drinks” (sports drinks, energy drinks, juice and soda) can pack in over 200 calories in a 12 oz serving. Guzzle one of these bad boys down on a daily basis and you could be 26 pounds heavier over the course of a year. Moral of the story, choose naturally unsweetened beverages to stay hydrated day-to-day and use soft-drinks as treat.
Sip on this:
Sparkling water with fresh fruit (orange, cucumber, strawberry, lemon, lime)
My husband I will soon embark on one of our many glamorous road-trips from New Jersey to Cleveland. Since I refuse to eat a meal at any place that doubles as a restroom/gas-station/shower/Roy Rodgers, I make sure I load-up on plenty of healthy snack options to get us through the 7.5 hour journey. I feel better starting my vacation knowing that I was eating sensible snacks while I was somewhat immobile for eight hours reading and catching up on trashy reality TV shows-thank you Bravo and iTunes! And thank you to my amazing husband who drives while I go comatose during a Real Housewives marathon. I am the worst!
For those of you who will find yourselves in a similar scenario, travel often for work….or just looking for healthy convenient snack items, check out my picks.