Peanut Butter Day

Since starting the blog I am truly discovering that there truly is a day to celebrate absolutely everything!  Today, for all our American followers, its national Peanut Butter Day!   A day to celebrate the creamy and crunchy delight that has found its way into households around the world. In this post we will discover the benefits of peanut butter and I will also share a recipe which I recently discovered on Tik Tok.  This recipe has  become a firm family favourite.  And no, it’s not another sweet treat as much as I love those! As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases. Some of the links on this post are affiliate links. This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. History References to peanut butter can be traced back even as far back as the Aztec and Inca civilizations who ground ro asted peanuts into a paste. However, the earliest references to modern peanut butters date back to around 1884 when the first patent was granted to Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Quebec, Canada. The first peanut butter in a snack form was produced and sold ten years later by another business man named George Bayle from St. Louis. Top Consumers According to a post by World Population Review China, is the country that consumes the most peanut butter consuming over twice the amount per annum as the second-place country, India.   Not surprisingly, the United States ranks third in the list of top consumers, eating their way through 152 metric tons (MT) per annum.  However the entire European Union had a very low collective consumption of just 15 MT in 2023! Nutritional Benefits Peanut butter is not just a tasty spread – it is a powerhouse of nutrients offering the following nutritional benefits: Protein Rich Chicken Peanut Chilli Noodles A few months back I started a healthy eating and exercise plan which involved eating a fair amount of protein.  I honestly had no idea on how to incorporate the amounts of protein I need whilst maintaining a calorie deficit. So, I started searc hing for ideas on Tik Tok.  That’s when I came across this absolutely delicious recipe for chilli peanut noodles by @zachchug. Popular Peanut Butter Snacks I know I said that in this post I would be sharing one savoury recipe but it wouldn’t be me without some additional sweet treat ideas right? Peanut butter’s versatility shines in a plethora of snacks. From classic PB&J sandwiches to energy-packed protein bars, and even smoothie bowls – there’s no shortage of creative ways to enjoy this beloved spread. Classic PB&J Sandwich Opt for whole grain or multigrain bread to boost fibre content. Smoothie Peel 1 ripe banana and break it into smaller chunks. Add the banana to a blender together with half a tablespoon of peanut butter and half a cup each of Greek yogurt, milk, and ice cubes. Blend all the ingredients until smooth and creamy. If the smoothie is too thick, you can add more milk to reach your desired consistency. If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, add honey or maple syrup to taste. Apple Slices with Peanut Butter Spread peanut butter on apple slices for a satisfying combination of crunch and creaminess.  This is a perfect and healthy afterschool snack.  Another alternative (although in my opinion not as nice as apple slices) is celery sticks. Oatmeal Stir peanut butter into your morning oatmeal for added protein and flavour. Energy Bites Make no-bake energy bites with oats, honey, and chia seeds for a nutritious and portable snack. Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip Mix peanut butter with Greek yogurt for a protein-rich dip for fruit slices. Protein Pancakes Incorporate peanut butter into pancake batter for a delicious and protein-packed breakfast. Trail Mix Combine peanuts butter, almonds, dried fruits, and a touch of dark chocolate for a satisfying trail mix. Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Rice Cakes Spread peanut butter on whole grain rice cakes and top with dark chocolate chips. Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Dip fresh strawberries in a mixture of melted dark chocolate and peanut butter. Happy Peanut Butter Day So, whether you’re enjoying this delicious noodle meal,  spreading it on toast or enjoying one of other delicious snacks mentioned here, take a moment to savour the goodness of peanut butter on this special day! Sharing Is Caring: Related Articles You Might Enjoy:

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Mum’s Amazing Overnight Oats

My mum introduced me to her amazing overnight oats a couple of years ago.  She was having some refurbishment work done at home and was staying at ours for a while.  Perfect time to pick her brains on cooking.  I mean, there’s nothing quite like mum or gran’s cooking is there? Overnight oats have been popular for some time now.  But, when I tried to make some before mum’s intervention the outcome was rather underwhelming. What Are Overnight Oats? Overnight oats is a delicious and nutritious breakfast option.  They are really easy to make.  Prepare them at night and they’ll be ready for you to grab them and go the next morning.  They are fully customizable to your taste preferences so there are endless possible combinations. Why Are Overnight Oats Beneficial For Your Health? Oats are an excellent source of fibre, protein and other essential nutrients.  Eating oats regularly has been linked to a range of health benefits.  From reducing the risk of heart disease, regulating blood sugar levels and aiding digestion. How To Make Overnight Oats Making overnight oats is so incredibly easy and it only requires a few basic ingredients.  Here’s mum’s recipe.  Note this recipe makes enough oats for 6 servings. In the morning, mix well. I also top my individual portion with some berries (I love blueberries and strawberries) and some chopped walnuts. Variations Here are some other variations which you could try using mum’s recipe as the starting base: Morning Gamechanger Knowing that you have a healthy breakfast choice ready to go as soon as you wake up is a total gamechanger. And, with so many variations there’s no way you can get bored with your breakfasts. Hope you enjoy these oats as much as I do.  Let us know which combinations are your favourites or if you have any suggestions for us! Related ARTICLES you might enjoy

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