Editor's Note: Lindsay Durston contributed this piece during her internship at Athletic-Minded Traveler. She aspires to be a travel writer.
While there is something deeply gratifying about the sweet, creaminess of peanut butter (unless you lean crunchy), and the way that it often sticks to the roof of the mouth, studies demonstrate, it might be time to switch the nut. Almond butter, which also comes creamy or crunchy, offers more on a strictly nutritional basis.
Believe it or not, you can have your cookie and eat it too?.
We have embraced three ?healthy? cookies over the last few months.
We love mushrooms. And portobellos are a favorite. Did you know that a portobello is actually just a really big cremini mushrooms? I didn't. It can also be spelled "portabella".
Here is a super yummy, easy, healthy and quick recipe. Jim likes the shrooms on their own; I prefer them atop my salad -- the juices adding to my dressing.
Kombucha. Kom-Bu-What? It's a fermented tea sold in many stores that has garnered a very loyal following. If you are a kombucha newbie, ask around your organic or ?foodie? circles, and they?ll likely sing the praises of this wonder beverage. Kombucha (kom-BOO-cha), has been called ?the tea of immortality" for thousands of years! And at a very reasonable 30 calories per 8 oz (2 grams sugar), it won't break the nutritional bank!
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Although my personal experience is a non-scientific study of ONE, consumers of protein shakes and energy bars should be aware that these convenient edibles can increase your risk for kidney disease and/or kidney stone formation (uric stones). There are more than one type of kidney stone. Some result from a build-up of calcium and most pass through our urine without us knowing. But, if they expand to sizes of 2-3mm or more, get ready for some mean back pain, potential fever, possible nausea and hematuria (blood in urine).
If French fries are your favorite guilty pleasure, and you especially like the fast food version from In-N-Out, Mickey D's or Arby's (those curly ones are amazing), I doubt home-made potato sticks will satisfy your grease craving. It would be like substituting fat-free cheese for the real thing. No bueno!
But if you are in search of an easy, tasty, salty, potato treat, then keep reading.
I love French fries. Always have. In high-school a typical lunch for me was TCBY and an order of fries. Sweet paired with salty. Nothing is better!
It's hot outside and nothing hits the spot better than a tasty frozen treat. And when you make your own, you can skip the extra sugar and calorie explosion that often accompany anything with "chocolate" as an ingredient! (Our favorite Jamba order is one of the worst in terms of sugar and calories!)
Athletic-Minded Traveler's Healthy Chocolate Banana Almond Butter Smoothie