Peanut Butter Power!

Peanut butter is dense in calories, however, it does provide a number of benefits.  According to the Cleveland Clinic, it it one of the top “power foods” for improving your health and reducing the risk of heart disease.  The nutritional profile also provides the idea that peanut butter offers some benefits for weight loss.  Peanut butter is high in fat, therefore promoting feelings of fulness in your diet.  Peanut butter is also high in protein that is also beneficial in weight loss as increased protein intake can increase calorie burning, satiety and fat burning.  Peanut butter is also low in carbohydrates while containing the beneficial amino acid-leucine.  Leucine is associated with muscle gain, fat loss, and reduced body weight.  With all the associated benefits of peanut butter, include the wonderful power food into your diet and see where your health and fitness takes you!

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Protein-Packed Punch

Always remember to refuel your muscles after workouts.  Consuming adequate protein helps keep your mind energized, your metabolism stimulated and your body able to repair itself from physical activity.  Protein shakes are a great source of refuel and can even be used as a meal replacement for fat loss.  Try this “Chocolate-Banana-Peanut Shake” below for a quick and convenient way to nourish your muscles.

Chocolate-Banana-Peanut Shake:

2 Scoops Chocolate Whey Protein Powder

1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder

1 Tbsp Peanut Butter

1 Large Banana

12 oz Milk

4-6 Ice Cubes

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until your desired consistency.

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