Ode to Peanut Butter!
Peanut butter is my all time favorite food so I thought it appropriate to start my first blog with peanut butter talk. Many think of peanut butter as the usual kind in the grocery store, but many natural peanut butters or other nut butters now exist which taste amazing and have a much better flavor and consistency than in times past.
Peanut butter is a great snack to have on apples, bananas, or celery in the afternoon or evening. I think it gives you feeling you have had something decadent and healthy at the same time. Natural nut butters are packed with monounsaturated fat, which is the healthy fat that decreases incidence of heart disease by increasing your HDL or happy cholesterol. HDL is the cholesterol level you want to be high since it gets rids the body of bad cholesterol!
Two of my current favorite peanut butters are “Cream-Nut” which is a natural peanut butter by Koeze Company, a family run business in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Several of the Whole Foods in West Los Angeles sell this brand but you can also find it online.
My other current favorite peanut butter is a new one available at Trader Joe’s called “Valencia Peanut Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds.” The flaxseeds make it like you are eating a great peanut butter with toffee bits in it. Trader Joe’s also sells a natural cashew nut butter and a cashew macadamian nut butter. One of my clients calls the cashew nut butter “dessert on a stick.”
So the new blog is now launched. Stay tuned for postings on my favorite new foods products and the most recent studies on food and health. Feel free to ask questions on topics that are of interest to you.
October 30, 2012 @ 7:06 pm
Stumbled upon your blog just now, as I searched the web for snacks that contained 7 grams of protein and nothing else. I'm on a "food plan" for a few weeks from a registered dietician, which is basically high-protein, low-carb. Pretty basic. Eat every three hours. The three snacks per day all need to contain protein. One needs to be "7 grams of protein" and that's it. That's the whole snack. Other than string cheese, I honestly can't think of anything else to eat for that snack. I guess I have done a boiled egg. I also had 6 almonds a few times for that "7-gram-of-protein" snack but the dietician told me that almonds really are in the fat category and not the protein category what else is there? I don't really enjoy just munching on a pile of hamburger for a snack. Stuck and hungry! Help!
November 5, 2012 @ 4:35 am
Since I consider nuts both protein and fat I think that is a great snack. Eggs, peanut butter, hummus with veggies, Greek yogurt, turkey/cheese rollups all good choices – maybe just think of getting protein at each meal and snack and not so much about an exact number – hope that helps..