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I’m about to blow your mind. Have you ever heard of peanut powder? I hadn’t either, until recently. It’s a protein punch that I’ve incorporated into my day and I love it! I’m sure you’re wondering what this means for you, right? Let me explain…
Like all other parents, I’m busy. Toward the end of 2015, I realized that I had become too busy and lost my focus a bit. I had forgotten some of the things I need for myself to be happy and thrive. I felt like I was always on the go and then crashed on the couch or in bed at the end of the day, just to do it all over again the next day. So I’m making some changes for myself…and they’re working!
The biggest change I’ve made is fairly simple. I put on my shorts or yoga pants as soon as I get up, get the kiddo breakfast, prepare her lunch and get her out the door to school. Here’s where it gets interesting. When I pull back into the garage, I don’t go into the house. If I do, it’s all over! My motivation is gone! As soon as I get out of my vehicle, I walk right back out of the garage, close it, put my headphones in and walk.
It’s not hard. It’s just a choice. I can tell you that it works. Not only am I getting some exercise in at the beginning of the day when I have energy, I feel GREAT afterward and it propels me for the rest of the day. It helps me make better food choices. It helps me feel better about myself. It makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something. There are those mornings that I don’t want to. It’s cold here! I’m tired. You know the laundry list of reasons. Banish them! Give yourself some positive self-talk and just do it!
How else can you start your day off right?
Have breakfast. A lot of times, I’m in a hurry to get school drop-off done and I don’t actually sit down to eat breakfast. When it’s time for my morning walk, I don’t have the energy. The solution is to eat it in the car on the way to school drop-off or while I’m getting my family prepared for the day. I’m not a big meat-eater and get most of my protein from plant-based products, so eating a hand-held snack in the car on the way to school works for me.
What I’m loving lately are Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Bars. They’re like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast, only better! Yum right?!
I make these using Jif Peanut Powder and believe it or not, the only ingredient in the powder is fresh roasted peanuts.
It has 85% less fat than traditional peanut butter and no added salt or sugar. It has the same amount of protein as traditional peanut butter, which I love! I pair it with nuts, flax seed and quinoa and it’s a great protein boost for my mornings.
Here’s my version of Peanut Butter and Jelly Protein Bars:
1 ½ cup quick oats
1 cup rice cereal
1 cup dehydrated strawberries
½ cup popped quinoa (optional)
½ cup peanuts
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1 teaspoon coconut oil
5 tablespoons Jif Peanut Powder
¾ cup honey
1 tablespoon water
Strawberry jelly (optional)
In a large bowl, mix oats, rice cereal, dehydrated strawberries, quinoa, peanuts and ground flax seed.
In a smaller bowl, combine coconut oil, Jif Powder, honey and water.
Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
Last, add the strawberries, taking care not to crush them.
Press into a parchment lined 9” x 13” pan and chill for one hour.
Remove from refrigerator and using a knife sprayed lightly with cooking spray, cut into bars.
Store in a resealable bag or container in the refrigerator for up to seven days.
If you want a little extra sweetness, add a bit of low-sugar jelly on top of the bars and boom, peanut butter and jelly heaven in your mouth. You could also swap out the fruit and nuts to make additional flavors.
- 1 ½ cup quick oats
- 1 cup rice cereal
- 1 cup dehydrated strawberries
- ½ cup popped quinoa (optional)
- ½ cup peanuts
- 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 5 tablespoons Jif Peanut Powder
- ¾ cup honey
- 1 tablespoon water
- Strawberry jelly (optional)
- In a large bowl, mix oats, rice cereal, dehydrated strawberries, quinoa, peanuts and ground flax seed.
- In a smaller bowl, combine coconut oil, Jif Powder, honey and water.
- Pour the wet mixture over the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Last, add the strawberries, taking care not to crush them.
- Press into a parchment lined 9” x 13” pan and chill for one hour.
- Remove from refrigerator and using a knife sprayed lightly with cooking spray, cut into bars.
You can find Jif Peanut Powder at your local Walmart in the peanut butter aisle. You’ll also find Jif Chocolate Peanut Powder located there as well. It contains semi-sweet chocolate and a dash of sugar and would be a great addition to smoothies and baked goods.
Change your coffee order. If you’re someone that stops at the local coffee shop in the morning, change-up your order a bit. The best hack that I’ve found is to order an ice water with your coffee or tea. Not only is it free, but you’re jump starting your water drinking for the day. Then just keep re-filling your cup with water for the rest of the day.
Write it down! Make a note on your calendar if you’ve done your walk or exercise. It’s a nice reminder to see those marks add up and it’s a great accomplishment, so write it down! If you have a fitness tracker, it’s fun to do a fitness challenge with a friend. This really helps push me to do just a little bit more each day and it’s fun to see my progress.
Make a goal, but not a weight goal. Make it an activity goal. My daughter swims and she chooses a certain number of days a week that she wants to practice. You can do the same. I tell myself I want to walk a certain number of days a week and then I try to achieve that. You’ll feel great when you achieve your goal!
I challenge you to make 2016 a new year for a new you! Making a few small changes can have a great impact on your life and your well-being. What are you doing to make your 2016 a new year for a new you? I’d love to hear how you’re using Jif Peanut Powder. Leave me a note in the comments down below!