Today is National Peanut Day. Time to celebrate! Why? Because peanuts taste good, offer great nutritional benefits, and can be used in a variety of ways (see recipe below).
Protein. Peanuts offer an excellent source of protein, which your body uses to build and repair muscle, cartilage, skin and more. Those with blood sugar issues find the consuming protein-rich foods can help them better regulate their blood sugar.
Beneficial Fats. Most of the fats in peanuts are monounsaturated, beneficial fats that have been shown to improve the cholesterol profile by lowering "bad" LDL cholesterol.
Resveratrol. Peanuts naturally contain Resveratrol, the antioxidant that may be responsible for some of the beneficial effects of moderate red wine drinking on the cardiovascular system.
You can find peanuts in a variety of forms – from raw to roasted, seasoned or unsalted. And there is the ever popular peanut butter, used in sandwiches, cookies, and even Thai sauces. Be sure when buying peanut butter to look for only non-hydrogenated peanut butter, preferably organic.
Do you have peanut allergies? Celebrate your own way with any number of seeds and seed butters that work in place of peanuts. Try Sunbutter sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter, and pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds as a nutrient rich snack.
Peanut Butter Pancakes
By Carlene Gulizo
1 1/2 c. whole grain pastry flour
1/4 c. + 3 T. turbinado sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
1 1/4 c. milk or milk alternative
1/4 c. natural peanut butter
2 T. canola oil
1/2 t. vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine milk, peanut butter, oil, vanilla and eggs. Add to dry ingredients and stir gently until smooth.
Ladle onto hot griddle and cook until golden brown on each side.
Serve topped with sliced bananas and real organic maple syrup.