Beyond PB&J: 3 Healthy Ways To Use Peanut Butter

Peanut butter gets a bad rap because it is high in fat, calories, and is somewhat addicting. However, natural peanut butter, without the added sugar and salt, is very high in protein and full of fiber. Two tablespoons of this nut butter contain about 200 calories, two grams of fiber, and eight grams of protein. The protein and fiber both help you stay fuller longer.

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After-Dinner Treat: Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

If your bananas are turning brown, save them by peeling, slicing, and freezing them. That way, when you are craving something sweet after dinner, you can combine the frozen banana with a couple tablespoons of peanut butter in the blender to create a healthy ice cream.

Make a Savory Vegetable Dip

No need for chickpeas when making this dip! Combine peanut butter with soy sauce, lemon, cumin, and a dash of sriracha to create a spicy and savory dip for your vegetable slices.

Spice Up Your Greek Yogurt

If you are watching your sugar intake, you know that flavored Greek yogurt will not help with that, but sometimes plain yogurt is too tart. For breakfast, top your Greek yogurt with fresh fruit, granola, and one tablespoon of peanut butter. The nutty flavor and thick texture combines perfectly with the yogurt for a healthy start to your day.

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