curb your cravings with a nut

peanuts
peanuts

Really! It's not as crazy as it sounds.  Women's Health Magazine recently published an article which suggests that peanuts might just be the new miracle food. In "The Food That Fights Cravings", Julia Fawal references a study conducted at Purdue University and the Federal University of Vicosa in Brazil in which15 obese women were subject to three separate experiments. "In the first," Julie writes,  "they ate 1.5 ounces of peanuts with orange juice and Cream of Wheat cereal. In the second, the same women swapped the peanuts out for 3 tablespoons of peanut butter. Finally, in the last experiment, they had only the juice and cereal (researchers adjusted the portion sizes so that calorie counts remained the same throughout all three phases)." At the end of each experiment, researches took blood samples from each participant and "asked them to rate their appetite levels."  The women who ate peanuts with their breakfast reported being considerably less hungry for up to 12 hours after their meal than those who did not.  These same results were intensified in the subjects who consumed peanut butter.

While the exact reason behind the peanuts' appetite-suppressing effects is unclear, Richard Mattes, PhD, professor of food and nutrition at Purdue University said this: "For one thing, participants who ate peanuts had higher levels of peptide YY (in their blood), a hormone that makes you feel full after eating (levels of the hormone were even higher in participants who ate peanut butter). When the women had eaten peanuts or peanut butter with breakfast, their blood sugar levels also spiked less after they had a carb-heavy lunch."

Start Your Morning With These Easy, Appetite Suppressing Recipes:

chocPBbanana
chocPBbanana

Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie:

What You'll Need - 

1 medium sized banana

2 tbs creamy organic peanut butter

2 tablespoons Ovaltine Malt Beverage Mix

1 cup unsweetended vanila almond milk (or milk of your choice

2 cups ice

How To Make It Happen - 

Place all ingredients in and electric blender and mix until smooth.

Nutritional Info -

360 calories per serving

ezekiel bread mixed fruit
ezekiel bread mixed fruit

Peanut Butter Power Toast:

What You'll Need -

2 slices ezekiel raisin bread

2 tbs crunchy organic peanut butter

1/2 cup mixed berries (blueberries and raspberries)

How To Make It Happen -

Toast Ezekiel bread then apply 1 tbs peanut butter to each slice. Sprinkle berries over top and enjoy.

Nutritional Info -

380 calories per serving

pbwafflesammie
pbwafflesammie

Frozen Waffle Sammie:

What You'll Need -

2 frozen whole grain waffles

2 tbs organic peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)

1/2 banana, sliced

1 tsp honey

How To Make It Happen -

Toast waffles and then spread 1 tbs peanut butter on either side. Cover with sliced banana, drizzle with honey, and then sandwich together.

Nutritional Info -

430 calories per serving