PB energy bites

???????????????????????????????????? Snacking is one of the best way to stay fit and  sharing with you this super easy recipe. This recipe is especially good for women as it contains  essential nutrients like Iron from dates, Vitamins from sunflower seeds , Protein from i2cook peanut butter, Essential fatty acids from cacao nibs and Calcium & Fiber from chia seeds. The good news is that these energy boosters can be customized to your liking. You can add chocolate chips, walnuts or any kind of ingredient that you like.

Ingredients:

200 gms dates, pitted

2tbs i2cook peanut butter

1tbs cacao nibs

1tbs roasted sunflower seeds

1/2 tbs chia seeds or flax seed powder

Procedure:

  1. Pulse the dates in a blender into fine pieces so that it has enough stickiness to roll into a ball
  2. In a bowl mix all the ingredients along with dates
  3. Roll into a ball of desired size
  4. This can be stored in an air tight container for a week or refrigerated for a month. Yields about 15 medium sized pieces.


Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

DSC_0232PB banana smoothie is high in protein and healthy fat, this recipe makes for a hearty breakfast, lunch, or after-workout snack. It’s easy to make , full of all sorts of delicious and healthy and protein-rich ingredients, and it’s the perfect use for ripe or overripe bananas. The yogurt creates a smooth desert-tasting consistency while providing  healthy digestion. Adding ice is optional, and makes for a thicker, cooler smoothie. I prefer to drink it chilled!

Drink this after a workout to recharge your energy with heart healthy fat and protein. Banana adds additional fiber with Potassium, Manganese (helps in bone structure) and Vitamins. Yogurt adds probiotics which helps in healthy digestion along with calcium. You can also add nuts like almonds, walnuts or flax seeds to this for an extra crunch. I added some raw organic cocao nibs.

Ingredients

1 large banana or 2 small, peeled & roughly chopped

1/2 cup yogurt

1 tbs i2cook peanut butter

a pinch of cinnamon powder

1 tsp or more coconut sugar (optional)

Procedure

Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Serve chilled!


How I started using peanut butter in my diet….

Peanut butter has been my first product, ever since I started retailing i2cook products. You will be surprised that I hadn’t even tasted peanut butter (PB) until, then. I’ve noticed that a lot of you detest peanut butter or rather are not used it. I was one amongst you.

I was never brought up on PB and it took me some time to get used to it. I realized that PB is a MUST in my diet.  I started looking up on the net and found that there are some thousand recipes to gawk at ( I LOVE food porn, especially – food gawker). I took it up as a challenge to come up with some recipes that will not only make me like PB, but also give me variety for my everyday use.

Here is what I came up with

– Banana and peanut butter smoothie

– No bake peanut butter and oat cookies

The result – an instant win 🙂

Ingredients for Banana & PB Smoothie

1 banana, peeled, chopped roughly

2tbs natural peanut butter

1tsp cocoa powder

raw sugar or honey to your liking

1/2 cup milk, yogurt or soy milk

ice (optional)

peanuts for garnish (optional)

Combine all the ingredients in a blender with some ice until smooth. Drink chilled. Serves one.

You can carry your PB smoothie in cute little bottles to work.

Ingredients for No bake PB & Oats cookies

1 cup rolled oats, lightly toasted

1tbs butter

1 1/2 tbs sugar

200gms natural peanut butter

1/2tbs raisins

Heat butter and sugar in a pan, on medium flame. Heat until the sugar has melted and bring it to a light boil.Turn off the stove and mix peanut butter and oats. Allow it to cool enough for you to shape them into desired shape. Lay them on a tray to dry and refrigerate for atleast two hours or overnight. Store them in an air tight container, refrigerated. They (can) last for about two weeks.  I got 16-20 small cookies.

Yum!

Why PB is good for you

  •  Peanut butter is considered as the “real food” and is stated has the best sport food.
  •  Peanut butter is perfect for dieters. It can satisfy you sooner and won’t keep you hungry for too long. Small amount can quell hunger faster.
  • It is packed with nutrients, which help you build and repair muscles.
  • Fat is good for you – the monounsaturated fat is good for your heart.
  • Peanut butter sandwich is healthier and better than a fast food burger.
  • Natural peanut butter (with oil formation on top) is healthier than the commercial ones, in which the oils get converted into harder and saturated (trans-fat).

Useful links

Harvard Health Publications

CNN Health

Home Cooking

About.com

Livestrong.com