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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 November 11, 2019

                                                              How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                                              How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                                                              Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                                                              To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                                                              Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                                                              1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                                                              Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                                                              Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                                                              To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                                                              2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                                                              Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                                                              If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                                                              Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                                                              3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                                                              Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                                                              Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                                                              4. Feed Your Brain

                                                              Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                                                              This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                                                              Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                                                              Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                                                              5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                                                              According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                                                              Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                                                              Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                                                              6. Write it Down

                                                              If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                                                              It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                                                              You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                                                              7. Listen to Music

                                                              Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                                                              8. Visual Concepts

                                                              In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                                                              Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                                                              Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                                                              9. Teach Someone Else

                                                              Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                                                              Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                                                              10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                                                              Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                                                              So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                                                              Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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