I can't believe how great I feel. My belly feels smaller, softer, and just plain better. I woke up earlier than usual and with none of the "I don't want to get up" blues; no groggy, fogginess either. Now, my friend, Robyn, thinks that because I was headed for breakfast, but whatever. ;-)
Needless to say, I HIGHLY recommend a juice cleanse. If you are preparing to start a new regimen, are stuck in your weight loss, or if you'd just like to feel "better". Giving your body pure nutrition for a few days -straight nutrients, very little fiber to have to process- is a wonderful way to rejuvenate your systems and shed some unwanted water, fat, and toxins.
In preparation for my new eating plan, I prepped some goodies last evening. One key to my success is going to be having protein at every meal or snack. I recently realized just what is in brand name peanut butter. Not good, Stanley; not. good. The natural peanut butter from the health food stores isn't creamy enough for me or my crew. So I decided to make my own...with a little twist.
DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER
1 pound dry roasted (or honey roasted) peanuts
3.5 oz. Lindt 70% Cocoa bar (to taste)
Place peanuts in a high speed blender. I have a Ninja and it worked just fine. You could try a food processor if you do not have a serious blender, but your texture may not be as smooth.
Process on low speed, progressing to highest over several minutes, scraping sides of blender frequently. The peanuts go through a few stages: dry powder, hard clump, and finally, smooth butter. This takes a while; be patient, you want it super smooth.
At this point the butter will be warm from all that blending action. Now's the time to add your chocolate. Break your bar into small pieces (dark chips could also be used) and add to blender. The warmth of the peanut butter will soften and actually melt the chocolate. Blend on high until it is well incorporated. The amount of chocolate you use will determine the flavor and the sugar content. Proceed at your own risk. :-)
My family loves it! No partially hydrogenated, or fully hydrogenated!!, oils, no preservatives, no nasties. I only used 4 out of 10 squares in my peanut butter, and I think it was enough for everyday use. I will probably make a more chocolaty version for a treat.
Hey, what do you know, another fun way to
Eat Your Veggies!!