Go Nuts, Boost Your Weight Loss Efforts

National-Peanut-Butter-Board-066Looking to make delicious recipes that can supercharge your health and your weight loss efforts? Nuts are a surprising way to boost energy and calm hunger while you gradually slim down this spring in time for summer bikini fun!

Great news, right? And need recipes ideas? Don’t fret there are plenty to choose from in the 24/7 Energy Cookbook.

Fat Can Boost Your Weight Loss Efforts??

Fats for weight loss? It might seem counterintuitive, but not getting enough good quality fats along with other vital nutrients in your diet can sabotage your weight loss efforts.

Here’s why: Getting the right amount (between 30-50 grams) good quality fats can trigger “leptin”, the hormone that tells your brain that you’re full — so you eat less. But the key here is “good quality fats” (like mono- and polyunsaturated ones), since transfats and saturated fat (not from grass-fed sources) can trigger inflammation in the body which can block weight loss.

Nuts are natural hunger-busters, not only because of their fat content but also because of their protein and fiber content. All nuts contain fiber, which helps lower your cholesterol while anchoring your blood sugar. But most nuts, especially peanuts, contain other slimming nutrients. I consider peanuts the unsung heroes when it comes to building lean muscle mass, because they contain the non-essential amino acid called L-arginine. It’s being studied for its ability to lessen body fat while helping to build lean muscle mass at the same time.

Skinny Tips for Enjoying Nuts

Since nuts are high in good fat, they can be caloric, so portion size is key — and a small amount of rich-tasting nuts goes a long way! Aim for a small handful (10-12 nuts) as a snack or use a few tablespoons of chopped nuts added into meals such as smoothies, salads, and breading for chicken or fish fingers as a way to boost protein, good fats and fiber.

UnknownSeven-Minute Salmon

Salmon and peanuts are too high protein superfoods that taste great together. Even if you’ve never cooked fish before, this is a simple, no mess delicious way to do it!

Serves 4

2 small limes, zested and juiced
3 tablespoons reduced-fat peanut butter
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
Nonstick cooking spray
4 6-ounce boneless wild salmon fillets, skin on

Preheat the oven to 425° F. In a small bowl, mix the lime zest, lime juice, peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger and garlic. Heat large skillet over high heat. Coat the skillet with cooking spray and place the fillets in the pan, flesh side down. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, until salmon starts to brown. Turn fillets over; turn off the heat. Spoon the lime mixture over the salmon and slide the skillet into the oven. Bake 7 to 8 minutes, until the salmon flakes when pressed with a fork.

Nutritional Stats Per Serving (10 ounces): 265 calories, 19 g protein, 6 g carbohydrates, 10g fat (0 g saturated), 109 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 817 mg sodium.

Comments

  1. Jennifer, I have never thought to pair together peanut butter and salmon.

    This sounds delicious and very easy to make. I can picture it already paired with wild rice and steamed asparagus.

    Fish is one of those things that is so good for you but after a while it seems like you are always preparing it the same way. This is a great way to mix it up a bit.

    I bet the leftover sauce would be great over the rice, or even thickened and served over the fish.

    I think I will have to make this later on this week and try the sauce idea.

  2. I have always loved nuts. Getting older in life, I now try to eat only raw natural nuts. I really never new that a cashew is sweet, until I had them raw. I absolutely love cashews, almonds and peanuts. When trying to lose weight I do add peanut butter and raw almonds to my diet. Thank you for posting this.

  3. 265 calories per serving isn’t half bad considering both these foods have high fat content, and therefore high calories. Looks delicious so will get it a try, thank you for the recipe :)

  4. Pauline Roberts says:

    Putting these together sounds like heaven to me. It has literally never occurred to me before but peanut and salmon does sound really interesting. Will try it and let you know how it goes.

  5. I love nuts, but my portions get out of hand! I can sit there blindly eating one after another until the whole bag has gone. I will definitely have to try that salmon, it sounds delicious!

  6. Richard says:

    Great recipe, I just love peanut butter, never thought having it with Salmon :)
    Plus any time fresh ginger is used is always amazing, just love it. Thanks so much for the delicious recipe

  7. Mmmm looks delicious and nice to hear someone promoting the great benefits of nuts – fat is an essential nutrient just as long as we eat the right kinds ;)

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