Like coffee and beer, peanut butter is one of the bad things in life that are actually good for you. Sure it's high in kilojoules, but that is because it's packed with the same healthy monounsaturated fats as olive oil - the original death-defying potion. But olive oil tastes terrible with jam, and it makes your toast floppy. So peanut butter is a better choice. It's heart therapy you can spoon straight out of the bottle.
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But even those benefits pale in comparison with the newest discovery about monounsaturated fats, and peanut butter in particular. According to research, people who eat a diet high in foods like olive oil, avocados, and peanut butter are more likely to lose weight and keep it of than people following a more regimented, lower-fat diet. The simple reason: peanut butter's great taste. Since a diet high in indulgence like peanut butter doesn't leave you feeling deprive, it's easier to follow and won't make you prey to the cravings you feel on other diets. Taste really is key. If you enjoy what your are eating, it's easier to stick with it.
So, with that in mind - and a bottle of peanut butter in hand - we set out to create the ultimate peanut-butter lover's diet. Follow it for a week and you will lose nearly a half a kilogram. Follow it for longer and you will continue loosing weight and keep it of. (As long as you don't eat more than 6 tablespoons or 9200 kilojoules in any single day, that is.) Plus you should burn an extra 380 kilojoules per meal just scraping the stuff of the roof of your mouth.
Peanut butter breakfast shake
1 cup fat -free milk, 1 medium banana, 2 tbsp peanut butter, Do this Dump all the ingredients into a blender and liquefy.
Creamy Peanut butter pudding
2 tbsp peanut butter, 1 cup fat-free vanilla yoghurt, 1 medium banana sliced, Do this Put the peanut butter in a bowl and melt it in the microwave. Dump the yoghurt in the bowl, stir it all together, and top with slices of banana.
French Toast with Peanut butter and maple syrup
1 egg, 2 tbsp fat-free milk, 1 tbsp vanilla extract, 2 slices white or whole wheat bread, ? cup maple syrup, 4 tbsp chunky peanut butter, Do this Mix together the eggs, milk and vanilla in a large flat dish. Dip the bread in the mixture, and then flip it so that both sides are coated. Heat both sides of the bread in an nonstick pan until golden brown. Stir the maple syrup and peanut butter together in a separate bowl and warm up in microwave. Pour over the toast. Open your mouth and eat.
Ham and raise sandwich
2 tbsp peanut butter, 2 slices raisin bread, 2 slices back bacon, Do this Spread the peanut butter on the bread, slap on the bacon, and make into a sandwich.
The 'thin Elvis' special
2 tbsp peanut butter, 2 slices wholegrain bread, ? tbsp honey, ? large banana, pealed and sliced, Do this Spread peanut butter on both sides of the bread. Sandwich the honey and banana between two slices. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Lightly coat the bread with butter-flavored cooking spray just before putting the bread on the pan. Grill each side of the sandwich for 2 minutes, or until golden brown.
Creole peanut-and-tomato soup
1 can of tomato soup, 1 cup fat-free milk, 2 tbsp peanut butter, Tabasco sauce, Do this Combine the soup. Milk and peanut butter in a sauce pan and warm up at medium heat. Stir until peanut butter melts. Add Tabasco sauce to taste.
Pasta with spicy peanut sauce
2 tbsp peanut butter, 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce, 2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 clove garlic, 1 tbsp red pepper flakes, ? cup hot water, 2.5 kg pasta cooked, ? red bell pepper, Do this Combine the peanut butter, garlic, soy sauce, lemon juice, pepper flakes and water in a blender and process till smooth. Pour the sauce over the pasta and stir together and top with bell pepper slices.
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