It’s peanut butter time!

Have you seen the 40-year-old Virgin?

Remember FRENCH TOAST? (Here’s a clip of that scene. Swearing is involved. So you’ve been warned.)

Ha ha!

Anyway, years ago Curt and I were watching some diner or cooking show and someone made peanut butter and banana French toast.

It sounded amazing. The version they made was super unhealthy.

I decided to take a stab at it with a healthy spin to it.

I don’t make a lot of breakfast. But I made this recipe recently and thought it would be a good idea to share.

Here’s my version of peanut butter and banana French toast:

  • 2 slices Sara Lee Delightful wheat bread
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (I prefer creamy, but for this recipe crunchy works better)
  • 1/2-1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon fat free milk

The ingredients listed are for one serving. Double or triple ingredients for extra servings.

I like to smoosh the banana onto my bread. Other slice I spread the peanut butter.

Dip “sandwich” into the egg whites/milk.

Use cooking spray oil in the pan. Grill it up and enjoy!

You get some protein and a fruit. It’s yummy. And melty heated up peanut butter … Continue reading

Handing out Peanut Butter Energy Balls

I made a second batch of Peanut Butter Energy Balls on Friday. I used the ground flaxseed, which the recipe called for, instead of sesame seeds I used last week.

And I have to say, this second batch is much tastier than the first. I also added a little more peanut butter. I actually made two batches this time around: one with chocolate chips and one with raisins.

I think I like the raisin ones better, crazy, I know. But the raisins are smoother than the hard chocolate chips. Curt and I snacked on them over the  weekend. I think I snacked a little more than he did. 🙂

I found the ground flaxseed at Trader Joe’s in the cereal aisle with the various oatmeals.

I took some into work today for my co-workers.

I handed out a a bunch of Peanut Butter Energy Balls to co-workers today. Of everyone I got feedback from, the energy balls got a thumbs up. (And they could possibly be a cure for Spring Forward exhaustion. OK, maybe not. But they could help, just a little.)

Here’s the recipe again, in case you want to try it yourself:

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Dates are sweet, great alternative to candy

It has been about 13 days since I had a piece of candy.

This quitting candy for 39 days has been a lot easier than I thought it would be.

And I have to say that the candy bowl, which sits on my desk, has really not been that alluring. I look at it and I know I can’t have it and I am OK with that.

Last week when I checked with Jessica she said quitting candy for Lent has been easy so far as well.

Though we both have noticed that we seem to have the munchies more lately and we wonder if it is because we have cut out a decent amount of sweets.

(I seriously don’t know how someone could cut out all sweets, even if the item is made with Splenda or some other sweetner.)

The other day I wanted something sweet. So I had a few dates. Dates are good and sweet with some fiber as well.

I mentioned the dates to Jessica. We also discussed hot chocolate curbing a sweet craving or even prunes.

And the Peanut Butter Balls I made over the weekend could also work a sweet tooth.

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Making easy, healthy snack at home

My friend and co-worker Regina let me try a homemade Peanut Butter Ball one day on the shuttle on our way home. It was so good. So I asked her for the recipe.

I went to the grocery this morning for my regular run and to get the ingredients for the Peanut Butter Balls. I found everything except for the the ground flaxseed.

I really wanted to make the recipe and was not willing to hit another store this morning.

(I hate grocery shopping and had limited time this morning as I had to cook a few things before yoga class.)

So I figured it would be OK to replace the flaxseed with sesame seeds. I like sesame seeds, so I figured it would be OK. (I realize there are likely (yup, according to WebMD) more benefits to using the flaxseed than sesame seeds, such as fiber. But sesame seeds have health benefits, too.

I made my sesame seed Peanut Butter Balls today. And they are pretty good. I may adjust the peanut butter next time and add a little more. But these were super easy to make and a good snack, too.

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