When it comes to getting energy from the food you eat, it’s no secret that protein packs a powerful punch. However, research shows certain plant-based proteins, like peanuts, may carry additional benefits.
According to a Harvard School of Public Health study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, substituting plant-based proteins like peanuts for animal proteins and low-quality carbohydrates can result in lowering diabetes risk by 7-21 percent. Because peanuts are known as a low glycemic index food due to their slow digestion that causes sugar to gradually be released into the bloodstream, they can have positive effects on blood sugar control.
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2. Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats
- 1/4 cup powdered peanut butter
- 3/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 teaspoons ground chia seeds
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup small banana, sliced
- 1 tablespoon peanuts, chopped
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- In medium bowl, stir together powdered peanut butter, oats, chia seeds, coconut milk and vanilla extract.
- Divide evenly into mason jars or storage containers and refrigerate overnight.
- Before serving, add banana slices, chopped peanuts and peanut butter to each.
Nutritional information per serving: 280 calories, 12 g total fat, 4 g saturated fat, 135 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrates, 7 g dietary fiber, 8 g sugar, 10 g protein, 8% vitamin A, 4% vitamin C, 35% calcium, 13% iron.