The Amazing Peanut Butter Diet – Review and Sample Menu
The amazing peanut butter diet is a truly well balanced diet that allows the addition of peanut butter to the menu. The cholesterol lowering effects of this sticky elixir receive praise in recent studies completed at the University of Rochester, New York and Pennsylvania State University.
The addition of peanut butter to the daily menu lowered the total cholesterol level and yet, unlike the low fat diet, did not lower the level of HDL, the good cholesterol. The low fat diet also increased triglyceride levels.
According to Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, Professor at Pennsylvania State University, "What is important about these finds is that we have another food option beyond olive oil … peanuts, peanut butter and peanut oil … for increasing monounsaturated fats in the diet." She added that the additional option allows for variety and personal preference when planning a heart healthy diet.
A sample menu for the amazing peanut butter diet shows a well-balanced food selection that creates not only nutritious menus but also delectable choices. Each day contains three yummy meals, a mid afternoon snack and a treat after supper.
Use this daily menu as a guide to some of the sumptuous meals that the amazing peanut butter diet contains.
A scrambled egg with chopped green pepper and onion fried in a tablespoon of canola oil is the main course at this breakfast. 2 mandarin Clementine oranges and one half of a whole grain English muffin accompaniment the egg.
Lunch includes a summer favorite, the open face cheese and tomato sandwich. Simply toast a piece of whole wheat bread, put on one thick slice of tomato on top and a piece of reduced fat cheddar cheese to top it off. Grill in a broiler until the cheese melts. Accompany this sandwich with a medium banana.
The mid afternoon snack on this sample of the amazing peanut butter menu is a stalk of celery filled with two tablespoons of peanut butter. An easy way to measure two tablespoons of peanut butter is to compare the size to a golf ball. A scoop that size is two tablespoons. You may substitute an apple for the
Dinner consist of the cooked equivalent of a cup of dry whole-wheat macaroni. Top the macaroni with a low-fat mushroom and pepper sauce. Add 12 steamed shrimp and top the pasta dish off with 2 tablespoons of grated Parmesan cheese. Make a salad of 2 cups of lettuce with a dressing of a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil.
Daily treat for this menu are 4 large dates stuffed with peanut butter. The menus for the amazing peanut butter diet vary broadly. This menu is just a sample of many for the diet and contains all the nutrients necessary for not only heart-heath but also overall good nutrition.
The diet does not promise quick weight loss but slow steady loss of two pounds a month. Its purpose is to change bad eating patterns to healthy ones. If you add exercise to the diet, the
weight loss is far more dramatic.