veggie lover wrote:
Hmmm, well I don't have any weight to lose and I'm in excellent health. But I do admit, I probably eat more nut butters than I should. I'm an avid cyclist and often go on 35, 50 or 70 mile bike rides (or more!). I avoid all those store bought "energy" bars but I really like half of a peanut butter, honey and raisin sandwich mid ride. Perhaps I should eat a "Mighty Muffin" (Engine 2 recipe) instead. I also take a banana and/or a peeled and sectioned orange on bike rides. I like participating in a form of exercise where I get to eat while doing it!
You can also make your own "energy" bars, using ingredients you prefer. I've experimented with a few that include oats and puffed rice. I've made Walnut-Cherry, Honey-Date-Almond, and a chocolate-peanut one with prunes.
There's a basic formula/method. You toast your oats, nuts, seeds (I wouldn't toast chia, though) and combine that with some puffed brown rice cereal and dried fruit. Then you combine (melt together) a nut butter and liquid sweetener, vanilla and salt, and mix it into the dry stuff. Press it in a pan and let it cool. Cut into bars and wrap individually. The nutritional value varies by ingredients, of course. This is my cherry-walnut one: http://karicooks.blogspot.com/2011/10/c ... -bars.html
I made it using my homemade walnut-date butter.
You can also make "energy" bars and nuggets by processing nuts or seeds and dried fruit together and pressing the mixture into bars or rolling it into balls. I think those will generally be a higher percent calories from fat item, unless you made them primarily fruit bars/nuggets. In any case, they'd certainly be calorie/energy dense since both dried fruit and nuts are calorie dense.
I haven't tried the Mighty Muffin recipe, but I made some banana-walnut muffins the other day.
If you eat nut butters and haven't tried walnut butter, try it and see if you like it. You might even like it in place of the peanut butter on your sandwich now and then. I think peanuts are lower in fat (and fiber) than walnuts, but their ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 is horrible. (Apparently, a high omega-6 and low omega-3 in the diet contributes to inflammation and disease.)
Just something to keep in mind, I guess. They say knowledge is power, and who am I to argue with that?
Things can be as simple or as complicated as we choose to make them. When I start feeling nutrition info overload, I just switch my brain back to the "starch-based" channel and instantly feel better. (Thanks, Dr. McDougall.)