As part of our journeys to become or stay healthy, we all know that in addition to exercise, what we eat is a very important factor in achieving our goals. Remember the saying, “You are what you eat?” We found this mantra particularly true at the IDEA World Fitness Convention, held in Los Angeles, last month, where I met personal trainer Corey Sousa.
“Peanut butter is a great addition to your diet because of its nutritional value,” said Corey, who founded Revline Fitness and coaches a variety of clients.
Many nutrition and fitness experts recommend that in order to maintain a healthy weight, we should have a balanced diet of real food. When it comes to protein, we often make the mistake of thinking that protein from all sources is equal. It’s important to focus on replacing protein sources that are high in saturated fats with lean proteins and plant-based proteins like peanuts and peanut butter.
“Peanut butter contains eight grams of protein per serving and the good monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that are essential for a proper diet,” said Corey. “On a practical level Revline clients love peanuts and peanut butter because it is a versatile food that can be mixed with a variety of other nutritious foods to add flavor and protein content.”
Whether you’re an athlete, vegetarian, busy mom, student or coach potato, we all benefit from protein. But why is this nutrient so important?
- Protein builds muscles. It also helps to repair tissues and contributes to many functions of the body.
- Protein controls hunger. Protein takes longer to digest than do carbohydrates, so it will help you feel satisfied for a longer period of time, reducing cravings and overeating
- Protein boosts your metabolism. Your body burns more calories to digest protein than it does to digest carbohydrates or fat.
For athletes and regular exercisers, Active.com considers peanut butter a “super sports food” that “sticks to your ribs” and suggests consuming peanuts and peanut butter instead of using protein powders for energy. Fitness Magazine lists the top seven foods for runners and guess what tops the list—peanut butter!
“It’s always so difficult to generalize dietary tips for clients because everyone’s needs and dietary limitations are so unique. Generally speaking, eating meat/plant protein, vegetables, and fruits in proper quantities depending on your needs will allow you to see the results you desire,” added Corey.
Check out some of our protein-packed recipes:
Powerful Peanut Chocolate-Covered Cherry Smoothie (8 grams of protein)
Refreshing Peanut Parfait (12 grams of protein)
Mini Chicken and Peanut Kabobs (10 grams of protein)
Seven-Minute Salmon with Asian Peanut Lime Sauce (37 grams of protein)