Sunday, August 19, 2012

Get Heart Smart: Reinventing the PB and J!

All out of jam for that PB and J ? Well don’t fear because My Nutrition Fixation is here to the rescue with a simple lower sugar option.

Fresh red grapes: Are a natural source of fiber and a plethora of antioxidants. These antioxidants include phytonutrients, which are believed to play a critical role in longevity. Most significantly, fresh grapes are a natural source reservatrol. Resveratrol is a powerful and unique compound found in fresh grape skin, seeds and flesh, as well as wine and peanuts.  Reservatrol originally gained its notoriety when Oprah boasted about its benefits in the early 2000’s.  Since, reservatrol has been linked to protect against heart disease including atherosclerosis, a potential anticancer agent, antibacterial agent, a potential to help regulate blood sugar, and possibly help regulate body weight.

Adding fresh fruit in place of sugary preserves is a wonderful and fun way to reduce calories! In addition, this recipe is super fast and kid friendly! Another tip  is to add almond butter with flax to increase the fiber content.

Recipe is for one serving:


¼ cup fresh red grapes rinsed and halved (other fresh fruit such as strawberries make great toppings too).

1 slice of whole grain bread.

½ Tbs. of Almond butter (or nut butter of choice – I used Natural Balance Creamy  Almond Butter Plus Flax).

½ Tbs. dried coconut.

1 Tsp. agave nectar (optional).


Spread almond butter evenly onto the slice of bread. Assemble fruit and other toppings. Add the agave nectar. Enjoy!!


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