A Healthy Breakfast With Peanut Butter

Peanut butter not only tastes good, it's good for you. When you include peanut butter in your breakfast, you fuel your body with fiber, protein and healthy fats to satisfy you till lunchtime. Be sure to purchase natural peanut butter -- the ingredients should be peanuts, and perhaps a touch of salt. Anything else isn't as healthy, and just shouldn't be considered peanut butter.

Apples Slices Dipped in Peanut Butter
Sliced apple with peanut butter (Image: MelissaAnneGalleries/iStock/Getty Images)

Classics

Peanut butter and jelly isn't just for kids. Select whole-grain bread, tortillas or pitas and slather with natural peanut butter and your choice of jelly or preserves. It's a classic sandwich that has remained popular for good reason -- it's easy, filling and tasty for even the most discerning adult taste buds. Have it with a glass of reduced-fat milk for a nutritious breakfast.

Smoothies

The high fat content of peanut butter makes it a great way to add creaminess to your favorite smoothie recipe. Start with a base of milk or yogurt, experiment with different fresh or frozen fruits, and use ice to add bulk. Try blending bananas, soy milk, peanut butter and ice for a refreshing breakfast.

Dips

Because it is thick and rich, peanut butter makes an excellent dip. Peanut butter alone can suffice as a dip, but for a more exciting breakfast, combine it with low-fat yogurt, raisins and cinnamon. Sliced apples, bananas, peaches, pears and even, pretzels all taste better after a dip in peanut butter.

Hidden Secrets

The next time you reach for butter, try peanut butter instead. Use it on whole-wheat toast or a whole-grain mini-bagel. Stir it into oatmeal or cream of wheat. Combine peanut butter with a high-fiber, low-sugar cereal and form into balls for your own creative spin on a granola bar.

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