This post brought to you by CVS. All opinions are 100% mine.
I started Crossfit over 3 months ago and it has changed the way I think and eat. I’ve become more in tune with food and the importance of protein, carbs and fats. I started making my own protein bars and trying to really focus on getting more protein in my diet. Naturally, I found peanut butter!
When I was younger, my mom would put peanut butter on bread in the mornings along with fruit and milk. It was one of my favorite breakfasts. As I went to college, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were a mainstay in my poor student diet. Now as a dad and husband, trying to take care of my family and myself, I’m again looking to peanut butter.
In it’s purest form, peanut butter is just really just peanuts. Add a few minimal ingredients and you’ve got peanut butter like we know it! It’s minimally processed and an excellent source of good fats and proteins. So that brings me to Crossfit and my new breakfast habits. My morning routine goes like this:
5:20am alarm goes off
5:30am I get out of bed
6:00am arrive at gym
7:15am finish workout
7:30am arrive home, shower
7:45am breakfast and walking to bus stop
8:00am take the bus into work.
Where in my schedule do you see time to cook a solid morning breakfast? There isn’t any! I’ve started focusing on easy meals that are either cooked in advance or easy to grab and go. That’s where peanut butter comes in! I love this recipe because it’s a simple and easy way to get a good amount of protein and fats in for the day and jump-start my metabolism after a hard workout.
The great thing about the breakfast bars, they are SO EASY to make and literally take only 15 minutes, no baking! My 4 year old of course loves to help when I make granola bars, so if you have a helper it might take a little longer. Plus, before she goes to preschool, I know she’s getting something good for her. I head to CVS and grab a jar of ABOUND Natural Peanut Butter. I also grab a bag of ABOUND Almonds and a bag of CVS Gold Emblem Abound Dry Roasted Sunshine Edamame Blend. Remember these call for oatmeal and flax seed as well. Flax seed is tastes great and also is suppose to help fight heart disease, diabetes and breast cancer.
When I’m ready to make the bars, I simply mix all the ingredients together and add some agave nectar (this is a liquid all-natural sweetener that helps bind everything together), and bam: breakfast for a week!
This is a delicious recipe, you can make it a variety of different ways, you can change up the nuts, the core of the recipe is the peanut butter, it’s the glue that keeps everything together. Nearly everything in this recipe is from CVS! Make sure to pick up quality CVS Gold Emblem Abound. They are free of artificial preservatives and flavors.
- 2 3.5oz Bags of CVS Gold Emblem Abound Dry Roasted Sunshine Edamame Blend
- ½ cup of Gold Emblem Abound Almonds (chopped)
- ⅛ cup of flax seed
- ¼ cup of agave nectar
- 1 cup of oatmeal
- 1 cup of Gold Emblem Abound Peanut Butter
- Add all ingredients together.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour to maintain consistency.