Monday, January 31, 2011
I had one of those hungrier than usual weekends. I stayed within the Weight Watchers Points Plus Program, but I still just felt like I could eat all weekend. I believe it was something mental rather than physical because I was eating plenty of food. Do you ever just have days/weeks/weekends like that? What do you do to curb your hunger? Are there foods you eat to satisfy your hunger and/or cravings? One of those snacks for me is my newest favorite snack-peanut butter banana toast. When I say "peanut butter," I mean Trader Joe's peanut flour mixed in with a little salt, Truvia and water to make it like peanut butter. It's delicious! When I need to get my 2 teaspoons of oil in for the day, I will mix some oil in too and then it tastes like the peanut butter from the middle of Reese's Pieces candy (or what I remember it to taste like). It keeps me satisfied when I get home from work during that time I work out until I can cook dinner. It's one of those snacks that actually lasts awhile. I am trying to pay closer attention to that because I know that's one of the keys to being successful with healthy eating and weight loss. If I am not satisfied, I will just keep looking for more things to eat until I am satisfied. Eating snacks that are not filling, will just lead to binge eating. This is something I really have to work on, especially during the week, because I start my day at 5:00 a.m. and I typically go to bed between 9-10 p.m. I really have to be strategic about the food I eat. I know this is super easy, but I thought I would include a recipe for how to put together my favorite snack.
Peanut Butter Banana Toast
-22 grams (about 3 TBSP) Trader Joe's Peanut Flour or Bell Plantation's PB2
-1 packet of Truvia
-a pinch of salt
-water (1 TBSP at a time until the peanut butter is the right consistency)
-oil (optional-I only use if I need to get my oil servings in for the day)
-1 slice of whole wheat/whole grain bread
Put the bread in the toaster while you are mixing up the peanut butter.
For the peanut butter: measure out the peanut flour and then put in the Truvia, salt and oil (if using). Add water 1 TBSP at a time and mix up. Keep adding water until you get the desired consistency for your peanut butter. Once your peanut butter is ready, spread on your toast. Then slice up the banana and put on top of the peanut butter. I usually have 3 or 4 banana slices left over. I leave a little bit of the peanut butter in the bowl and eat with the leftover bananas. Once the peanut butter banana toast is assembled, enjoy!