Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ditch The Reduced Fat Peanut Butter

Often times when we are trying to go healthy, we get sucked into the "reduced fat" scheme and ultimately end up making choices that are even less healthy than the food we are trying to avoid.  In today's edition of Substitute That!, we are going to be returning to the basics, ditching your "healthy" reduced fat peanut butter, and replacing it with nothing other than the real thing!

mmmm, get some!

So, you're a peanut butter lover, but you just can't stomach the 15g of fat (3g saturated) and 200 calories per standard 2 tablespoon serving that is found in the real thing.  Besides, you have been taught your whole life that fat, and particularly saturated fat, is evil, right (a topic for another day...)?  So you do the "smart" thing and you pick up the innocent and healthy alternative, fresh factory made reduced fat peanut butter!  Now you can slather up your apples with confidence, knowing that you are making the right choice for your body.  But did you ever stop to take a look at the ingredients in your "healthy" reduced fat peanut butter?

Source: jif.com

Look out!  Corn syrup?  Pea protein?  Copper sulfate?  Ferric Orthophosphate?  WTF is that?  Beyond the cesspool of unnecessary ingredients, the reduced fat peanut butter still has 12g of fat (2g saturated), and 190 calories per 2 tablespoon serving.  So for a paltry reduction of 3g fat per serving, you are gaining a cornucopia of chemicals and sugars.  Yum.  Is it worth it?  I'd suggest that it's not, but everybody has to make that decision for themselves.  In my opinion though, reduced fat peanut butter is a totally worthless waste of everybody's time and money.

So if you are going to be buying peanut butter, go ahead and opt for the real thing.  If your supermarket offers the "grind it yourself" peanut butter making machine, that would be the optimal choice.  And if you still just can't get over your fear of fats, Id suggest taking a look at PB2, a powdered peanut butter product.  I personally can't get behind the taste of it, but my wife swears by it, and one look at the label says it all:


Friday, August 8, 2014

Welcome to the New Ape Health!


Welcome to the new Ape Health!  Regular readers will probably notice quite a few changes to the site today.  Ape Health has now ditched its old WordPress roots and transitioned to a Blogger powered website.  We have switched to a new layout and logo as well, moving more in line with the general style and theme used by the rest of Ape Apps.  The move to Blogger should facilitate more user engagement by tying the commenting system into Google+.  I also intend to provide more regular updates to the site, and there may even be a mobile app in the pipeline!

So go ahead and take a look around the new site.  All of the old posts have been migrated over from the old server, so all of the content and recipes that you love are still here waiting for you.  So stay tuned, bookmark the site, and enjoy Ape Health!

Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup applesause
  • 1 egg
  • 2 T sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in a blender
  2. Heat greased pan to medium high
  3. Pour batter onto pan
  4. Cook till pancake edges are firm and flip till golden brown