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Peanuts are a perfect better-for-you snack providing protein and nutrients. Enjoy these low carb peanut clusters any time you want a special treat.
After the long winter, it’s time for me to get in shape for summer. I’ve already lost some of those cold weather pounds by kick starting ketosis with an egg fast. Now, I’m ready to start toning up by doing some much needed workouts.
A lot of people use protein powders or bars before or after their workout. The protein helps feed the muscles. However, I think peanuts are a much better snack to take along for your workout.
An ounce of peanuts, either dry roasted or oil roasted, can provide 7 grams of protein and 6 essential nutrients. This may be enough protein to feed your workout and keep you in ketosis. If you eat too much protein, you run the risk of it turning into glucose through gluconogenesis as described here.
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Peanuts are a legume that contain 7 grams of protein per serving. They are also a good source of essential nutrients needed for the body. Nutritionally, peanuts are very similar to nuts, but they have more protein than nuts according to an article I found here. This makes them the perfect snack to take along with you to help fuel your workout.
A single one ounce serving of Planters dry or oil roasted peanuts contains 5 grams of total carbohydrates of which 2 grams is fiber. This makes peanuts a great better-for-you snack. And, peanuts contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. They also taste great! So, be sure to keep some Planters peanuts in your gym bag for that post-workout protein.
Although I’m a big fan of snacking on peanuts plain, I also love them covered in chocolate. Today, I’m sharing my recipe for making homemade peanut clusters without using any sugar alcohols. So, these sweet treats are also paleo friendly!
Chocolate is easy to burn on the stove top if not using a double boiler, so I recommend using a chocolate melter. It melts chocolate at the perfect temperature and also has a warm setting. I always use this handy tool any time I have to melt chocolate.
Once the chocolate is melted, just add a handful of peanuts. You can use either salted or unsalted. No worries, Planters Cocktail peanuts are not high in sodium. There’s only 95mg sodium per 28 grams. This is well below the FDA sodium requirement of 270mg per 28 grams for the Nuts and Heart Disease Health Claim (see note following post).
To make the peanut clusters, you simply scoop the mixture onto parchment paper and let it harden. I put them in the refrigerator to harden them quickly. They are also best stored in the refrigerator, but you can keep them out when serving.
You can enjoy these peanut clusters any time you want a quick snack. Since there is a good amount of fat in them, you can enjoy them as a tasty fat bomb during your day.
Peanuts are loaded with heart healthy smart fat. More than 80% of the fat in peanuts is monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These healthy fats have been shown to help lower cholesterol and keep blood vessels in good shape. So stock up on these smart snacks. You can see the full line of peanut products at Planters.com along with their other smart snack products. And, you can follow Mr. Peanut on Facebook at Facebook.com/MrPeanut or on Twitter at @MrPeanut.
Note: In regards to the FDA Heart Health claim:”Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as peanuts, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
Low Carb Keto Peanut Clusters – Paleo Friendly
Peanut Clusters - A Smart Snack
Melt chocolate and coconut oil together.
Remove from heat or place chocolate melter on warm.
Stir in stevia and monk fruit extracts.
Using a spoon, drop by tablespoonful onto parchment lined pan. Let set to harden.
Remove from parchment paper and store covered in the refrigerator.
Monk fruit enhances the taste of stevia. To use all stevia, replace monk fruit with about 12 drops additional stevia.
Entire recipe needs about 1/3 cup sugar equivalent. Use that as a guide and adjust to taste with preferred sweetener. Note that a erythritol sweetener may result in a crystallization if too much is used.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Planters . The opinions and text are all mine.