Peanuts: A nutrient-dense ‘superfood’

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With 7 grams of protein per serving, peanuts turn this parfait into an energy-packed dessert.

IF you are looking for affordable ways to get more energy-boosting protein in your diet, you may want to try peanuts and peanut butter.

With 7 grams per serving, peanuts have more protein than any nut. Coupled with their more than 30 essential vitamins and nutrients, peanuts are considered by many food experts to be a “superfood” capable of providing lasting energy. That’s why they can be a smart addition to your diet any time of the day.

Peanuts and peanut butter are also affordable sources of protein and convenient—you can take a pack with you or stir peanut butter in a smoothie or your oatmeal.

Value and versatility


A growing number of families are finding that peanuts and peanut butter—with their nutrition and flavor—offer both value and versatility.

For some, that means adding them to dinner recipes, such as a stir-fry dish. Others consider them essential ingredients in salad dressings. Still others will spread or sprinkle on toast for a quick breakfast, put in soups and stews or baked goods and, of course, enjoy with jelly in a classic sandwich.

Peanuts are even at home in a more elegant dessert such as this parfait.

Peanut Parfait

Ingredients:
1 cup of lemon or vanilla yogurt (nonfat or low fat)
1 cup of your favorite fruits (e.g., blueberries, strawberries)
4 teaspoons of peanuts

Preparation:
Slice fruit into bite-size pieces. Measure ¼ cup of yogurt into the bottom of cup. Top with two tablespoons of fruit and one teaspoon of peanuts. Continue layering until you reach the top of your cup.  North American Precis Syndicate

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