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National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day (Recipe Included)

Posted Mar 01 2011 3:29pm

In honor of the best holiday ever created , I bring you…

My nut butter stash!

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And those are just my unopened jars! I have another 10 in my pantry that I am working my way through (rather quickly)…

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I think I have a problem.

Right now, my top 5 favorites are:

  1. Earth Balance Chunky Peanut Butter (will always be my favorite)
  2. Tropical Traditions Coconut Peanut Butter
  3. My homemade Maple Cinnamon Vanilla Peanut Butter

What is your favorite nut butter?

Even though I have about 20 jars too many, I decided to go ahead and make a batch this afternoon.

On national peanut butter lovers day, you must make your own peanut butter. Trust me, it is a law.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups organic unsalted, dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 TBS Agave Nectar
  • 2 TBS ground flaxseed

Directions

Peanut Butter

  1. Add nuts to the food processor.
  2. Turn on the food processor and a process until you have the desired consistency. Scrape down the bowl as necessary. I think this took me around 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add salt slowly, process, then taste test.  Repeat until desired saltiness is achieved.

Agave and Flaxseed Peanut Butter

  1. To the peanut butter, add the agave and flaxseed.
  2. Turn on the food processor and process for about 5 minutes. Scrape down bowl a few times as necessary.
  3. It will thicken a bit from the flaxseed, but let the food processor do it’s thing for about 5 minutes. It will all come together.

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Delicious.

How are you celebrating the holiday?

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I might be consuming copious amount of peanut butter today, but I am balancing it out with some fitness…

Tuesday Workout

Cycling: 85 minutes (indoor trainer)

Running: 6.13 miles

While riding today, I spent a lot of time thinking about how cycling has made me a better athlete:

  • My legs look really good. I have noticed a lot of muscle definition in my quads.
  • I’ve noticed that my core is a lot stronger. When you’re standing (and riding) on the bike, your using your core muscles to keep yourself stabilized.
  • My back feels a lot stronger as well. I commute to class everyday and I’m carrying a heavy backpack loaded with books.
  • My fitness has improved tremendously. By mixing up my workouts, I’m allowing myself to work out harder and longer because I’m not “just running.” By working out different muscles on a weekly basis, there is a smaller chance for an overuse injury.

Do you mix up your workouts on a weekly basis?

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