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Enough With PB&J? 30 Healthy And Tasty Peanut Butter Recipes

Enough With PB&J? 30 Healthy And Tasty Peanut Butter Recipes

Peanut butter is one of the most understated foods. It is packed with a ton of health benefits. First off, it is known for having high amounts of protein. So much so that in times of emergency, it’s recommended to always ensure peanut butter is stocked because it is quite filling and including a good amount of nutrients like potassium and fiber. The high amount of unsaturated fats means that it is a healthy, heart-healthy snack. But peanut butter is usually found in sandwiches, accompanied with jam. But that doesn’t have to always be the case. There is a lot to uncover with the 30 peanut butter recipes we will cover today.

1. Mini Crunch Bars with Peanut Butter Shell Drizzle

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    This recipe is healthy on many fronts. First off, it vegan-friendly and makes use of organic rice cereal in the recipe. In addition, with the use of coconut oil and unsweetened cocoa powder, you’ll find this to be a guilt-free alternative to the store brought Crunch bars.

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    2. Peanut Butter and Fleur de Sel Brownies

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      This is a delectable mix of chocolate and peanut butter, with a generous helping of peanut butter icing to make these brownies a hit. Maldon is sprinkled on the top for a finishing touch. This is a rich and tasty deviation from your average homemade brownies.

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      3. Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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        Homemade ice cream is always seen as a healthy alternative to store brought. Without the additives that allow store brought ice cream to last longer, you are a smoother and more flavorful ice cream when made at home. This recipe makes use of peanut butter and a butterscotch topping for a mouthwatering experience.

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        4. Layered Peanut Butter Brittle Ice Cream

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          You are in for a flavor explosion with this recipe. Making use of peanut butter cups, peanut butter, and peanuts, all of this is layered and made into a pop. This is the perfect recipe just in time for the dog days of summer. However, I’d like to see you not make use of the recipe anytime of the year either.

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          5. Mini Butterfinger Cheesecakes

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            No-bake recipes are a favorite for individuals who are short on time and want to create amazing desserts. This recipe makes use of butterfingers and pretzels for a nice base, with your traditional cheesecake recipe as the middle, topped off with a chocolate drizzle.

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            6. Grilled Peanut Butter Honey Banana Waffle Sandwiches

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              Like peanut butter, bananas are a food filled with potassium. For a fiber, protein, and potassium filled morning, start with this grilled peanut butter waffle sandwich, with honey. The recipe makes use of whole grain waffles, and it is kid-friendly and flavorful as well.

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              7. Peanut Butter Breakfast Jar Parfait

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                Parfaits are a great way to get started with your morning. They are filled with nutrient rich fruits and yoghurt that not only boost your energy, but have a natural sweetness that makes it tasty. The addition of peanut butter to your morning parfait, as outlined in this recipe, offers more potassium and fiber to get you through the day.

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                8. Peanut Butter, Strawberry, and Banana Quesadilla

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                  This breakfast food, or even on-the-go snack, gives you a new twist to the average quesadilla. No need to worry, we aren’t combining cheese and peanut butter here, this is friendly for the lactose intolerant friends out there. That’d be a bit odd either way. You can hack this recipe even more by making use of whole wheat tortillas.

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                  9. Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes

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                    This is the ultimate hack on the peanut butter and jelly we all know. Not only is it transformed from a sandwich to a pancake, it’s quite flavorful while still being healthy. While jarred peanut butter paste isn’t used in this recipe, to ensure the peanut butter flavor is able to be found throughout the batter, it is still a great recipe. Top it off with a banana slice or two, instead of the butter, for added tastiness.

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                    10. Fresh Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Butter Dip

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                      Peanut dips are quite common in Asian cuisine. This is no different with this vegetarian friendly lettuce wrap with the accompanying peanut butter dip made with ginger. The dip is tangy with a bit of spice. If you want to make this a meat dish, you can replace the recipe’s tofu for sautéd chicken.

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                      11. Beef & Cabbage Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce

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                        Another great Asian dish, making use of a peanuts, incorporates beef and cabbage with udon noodles for a mouthwatering dish that takes a little over a half an hour to prepare and serve. Packed with potassium and folate, you don’t have to sacrifice your diet for this yummy dish.

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                        12. Chicken And Peanut Butter Lettuce Wrap

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                          Mixing savory and sweet with grapes, apples, and peanut butter, you can get a new twist on the summer friendly chicken salad lettuce wrap. It’s filling enough for a lunch, while not being heavy on you. Plus, it only takes 15 minutes from start to finish!

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                          13. Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bars

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                            Rolled apricots, figs, and nuts held by peanut butter and honey is the combination for a powerful mid-day snack or morning pick-me-up with six grams of protein. The recipe makes 14 bars.

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                            14. Peanut Butter Split Smoothie

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                              This is another potassium filled recipe. The peanut butter split smoothie includes banana, non-fat milk, yoghurt, and of course peanut butter, to make for a breakfast or post-workout friendly treat that you won’t ever have to feel guilty about.

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                              15. Chicken Salad with Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette

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                                The star of this recipe is the peanut-lime vinaigrette. Made with beef broth, soy sauce, peanut butter, sesame oil, and hot sauce for a nice kick. You can substitute beef broth for vegetable stock, and chicken for tofu for a vegan friendly alternative vinaigrette.

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                                16. Memphis Banana Bites

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                                  This is a simple recipe that takes less than an hour to get into your mouth. Making use of three simple ingredients, banana, peanut butter, and chocolate, you can create mouthwatering dessert bites that can be in the form of mini sandwiches or in balls.

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                                  17. Nutty Sweet Potato Soup

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                                    This unique sweet potato soup makes use of melted peanut butter to give it a nice, nutty finish when you enjoy it. This gives it 14 grams of protein and five grams of fiber. This is truly a nutrient rich, healthy appetizer or quick lunch that is ready in a half hour.

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                                    18. Peanut Butter and Green Apple Toast

                                     

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                                      This kid-friendly recipe can be great once school starts, or when they are off for a day at their summer camp. With a recipe including whole grain bread, a half a green apple, and peanut butter, you can add a finish touching of honey to add more sweetness naturally given out from the apples. This nice, quick lunch or snack option is just over 200 calories.

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                                      19. Dark Chocolate and Oat Clusters

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                                        It is a known fact that chocolate is healthy for you. The less additives and sweeteners, the more it is beneficial to you. This is the reason why dark chocolate is considered some of the healthiest of any chocolate variety. This dark chocolate and oat cluster recipe is a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth while getting a blast of antioxidants.

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                                        20. Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

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                                          Who said pie had to be unhealthy? This 259 calorie per slice pie is sue to quell such a misconception. The shaved milk chocolate may make you rethink if the pie is truly fat-free. No need to worry, it is! Enjoy this wonderful dessert after savoring beef and cabbage stir-fry with peanut sauce.

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                                          21. Chocolate Bonbon Bombes

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                                            This may seem like a complicated dessert to make, but it truly isn’t. There are only three ingredients, one of which you can make using the peanut butter ice cream recipe mentioned above. Just top it with chocolate, dash some nuts on top, and put in the freezer. The only thing easier than making them is popping them in your mouth.

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                                            22. Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

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                                              Thinking back to my childhood, and especially to this day, I loved cookies and my favorite lunch time meal were PB&Js. Having them all in one is a bit too much of a good thing for me to handle! This recipe isn’t simply spreading peanut butter and jelly on pre-made cookies. You are able to make them from scratch, all in under 10 minutes.

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                                              23. Peanut Butter Crispy Rice Treats

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                                                This healthy alternative to store brought rice crispy treats replace white rice with brown rice and honey instead of corn syrup. Peanut butter is thrown in for added nutrients, and dried cherries for added taste.

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                                                24. Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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                                                  Oatmeal cherry cookies with the required addition of peanut butter make for a smooth, chewy cookie that comes with a surprise of dried sour cherries. For 132 calories per cookie, these are health-friendly both in caloric intake and nutrients.

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                                                  25. Peanut Butter – Milk Chocolate Puddings

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                                                    Not only are you able to make your own pudding with this recipe, you can even learn how to make peanut butter pudding. This, while great alone, is an excellent paring with the milk chocolate pudding recipe also included.For a nice finisher, top it all off with a whipped topping.

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                                                    26. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

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                                                      A peanut butter cake, layered with chocolate, and topped with cream cheese and a butterfingers finishing seems like only a dream. However, with this recipe it is a reality. Another great point about the recipe is that the filling, cake, and frosting instructions are all separated. So if you feel like you just want to make a peanut butter cake another day, the recipe can point you in that direction.

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                                                      27. Peanut Butter Cream Tart

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                                                        Made with a chocolate wafer cookie crust, this Peanut Butter cream tart is technically a cheese cake. It has a nice chocolate drizzle finish while still remembering to have a peanut butter and cream cheese base. This will be a crowd favorite for your next dinner party, while still being easy enough to fix during the week.

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                                                        28. Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

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                                                          This recipe is another twist on the classic PB&J. In the form of bars, they are convenient and good to eat on the go. They are sweet while still being a tad bit savory with the peanut butter. The recipe below makes 16.

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                                                          29. Banana S’more Nut Bars

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                                                            The Banana S’more Nut Bar is a very contemporary take on not only s’mores, but also energy bars. While including various types of nuts, chocolate, and honey, you will also find marshmallow to complete the s’mores inspiration.

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                                                            30. Sweet-and-Salty Peanut Butter Sauce

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                                                              Peanut sauce, as mentioned earlier in the article, can be used as a great dipping sauce for various Asian dishes. Now you can make some of your own with this sweet and salty peanut better sauce. Some have even found it to be a great topping for various dishes and desserts they make.

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                                                              Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                                                              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                                              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                                              There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                                              One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                                              In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                                              Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                                              1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                                              Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                                              Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                                              Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                                              Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                                              2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                                              This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                                              Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                                              The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                                              Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                                              Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                                              3. Jumping Jacks

                                                              Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                                              Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                                              4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                                              Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                                              Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                                              5. Balancing Table Pose

                                                              This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                                              Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                                                6. Leg Squats

                                                                Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                                                Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                                                The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                                                7. Push Ups

                                                                You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                                                An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                                                Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                                                This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                                                8. Bicycle Crunches

                                                                There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                                                Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                                                9. Lunges

                                                                Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                                                Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                                                This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                                                10. Bicep Curls

                                                                You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                                                Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                                                Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                                                Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                                                Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                                                These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                                                You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                                                Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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