This is such a simple snack it can only be a Mr.Lazy Cook concoction. I previously wrote about my high energy de-caf coffee drink.
I use it occasionally as my first food of the day before I set out on my morning bike ride before sunrise.
Mr. Lazy Cook has since evolved into the following high energy snack that is instantaneous and utterly delicious – at least to me.
Because I ride my bike first thing in the morning, before I walk my dog, I don’t want to spend a lot of time on food prep. I started taking a heaping tablespoon of Peanut Butter as a mini-meal about a half hour before heading out.
The upgrade that pushed it into a high energy snack is that I now dip the tablespoon of peanut butter into my jar of virgin organic coconut oil. As a peanut butter lover, I find this snack to be fantastic.
Dr. Mercola says that coconut oil is easy on the digestive system and does not produce an insulin spike in your blood stream. It is immediately converted into energy instead of being stored as fat.
Keep in mind that when I get up in the morning, my body has been on at least an eight hour fast, so I need something that sticks to my ribs. I think the peanut butter in coconut oil is just the thing.
I usually ride 15 to 20 miles on it before coming home for breakfast and dog walking.
Here is the nutritional breakdown:
I figure the ‘dip’ takes in about a teaspoon of coconut oil. So, 28 grams of coconut oil yields:
Fat 28 grams
Saturated Fat 24 grams
Cholesterol, Sodium, Carbohydrates, Fiber and Protein -none.
The tablespoon of peanut butter, 16, grams, yields:
Fat 8 grams
Saturated Fat 24 1.5 grams
Sodium 62.5 mg
Fiber 1 grams
Protein 3.5 grams
Here’s what About.com said about peanuts and peanut butter: “Both peanuts and peanut butter are good for your health. Research studies suggest peanuts may be good for your heart, and they may make it a little easier to lose weight. They’re a good source of protein, fiber, monounsaturated fatty acids, niacin, folate and vitamin E. They also contain resveratrol (a type of stilbene), which works as an antioxidant.”
Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid – MCFA – that is amazingly healthy for our bodies unlike the long chain fatty acids – LCFA – in most vegetable oils which have a negative effect on your cholesterol levels. I have written about the health benefits of coconut oil a number of times. You can check them out in Why you should include coconut oil in your diet.
One last consideration: Since we are here in cold and flu season, remember that coconut oil is antimicrobial which means it boosts our immune system at the same time we are getting all the other benefits.
So, try it out and let me know how you feel about it. I can’t see why it wouldn’t work for you if you are a runner or swimmer either.