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A Quick, Super-Energy Breakfast or Lunch

My husband plays golf on Mondays and in our oppressive heat, he often looses steam on the back nine.  We’ve found that if he does a high-fiber, high protein breakfast before he leaves, he is able to maintain his energy the entire 18 holes.  This of course, would be helpful for anyone who wants to keep moving and stay focused all day.

This particular concoction is my own updated, healthy version of something my Mom used to make us for lunch – a peanut butter and banana sandwich.  Of course, since we’re gluten free, it’s ix-nay on the ead-bray.   So instead, we use a millet and flax lavash and roll it up.

As a fan of fiber and protein, it’s not surprising this is packed with both.  The fiber count is 14 grams (or maybe 23 grams) – about 3 grams in the banana, 2 grams in the peanut butter and a whopping 9 grams of fiber in the lavash.   (I suspect, however, that the labeling is wrong on that particular product. They’ve changed their numbers several times over the years.  It says that 1/2 of a lavash is 9 grams of fiber so the ‘or maybe’ above is if that is in fact true. ) Quick Easy breakfast energy

The protein count is 11.5 grams with the Peanut butter contributing 8 grams of protein, the lavash has 2 grams of protein, and banana is about 1.5 grams of protein.   Now if this doesn’t pack a punch to get one from 7 AM to 2 PM, nothing will!

It’s doggone simple to make and barely needs a recipe.  I soften the refrigerated lavash with a spritz of water and bring it to room temp or give it 20 seconds in the microwave.  Then I spread on 2 TBS of organic, crunchy peanut butter.  Then, peal the banana and slice, arranging slices over the lavash.  Then, simply roll it up and eat it!  How easy is that?

The bananas are of course, organic as is the peanut butter.   The lavash?  It’s not labeled as such.  It’s almost impossible to find gluten free AND organic in any sort of similar product to this.

What’s great about this is that it doesn’t really require a special shopping trip.  I like my bananas on the green side so I buy them green-ish (See the pic).  Then when they ripen, my husband likes them ripe to mushy.  So they don’t go to waste.  The lavash can be in the freezer or the fridge, and the peanut butter stays fresh until it’s gone.

If you have problems with peanuts, you could substitute almond butter.

 

 

Recipe: Quick and Easy Crab Stuffed Avocado

My quick and easy crab stuffed avocado will fool family and friends into thinking you’ve worked long and hard over lunch.  Crab Avocado SaladFlorida avocados are plentiful now, and they are delicious, healthy, high-fiber and will give you a really good dose of ‘good fats’.

QUICK AND EASY CRAB-STUFFED AVOCADO

  • 1 medium to large Florida Avocado (You can use Haas if you can’t get the Florida version)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro (scant)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery leaves/hearts
  • scant 1 TBS freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Soy-free Veganaise (adjust to taste)
  • 2 TBS prepared Dijon mustard (adjust to taste)
  • 1 cup wild-caught lump crab meat, picked and cleaned

Mix onion, cilantro, lemon juice, mustard and Veganaise.  Add crab meat and mix well.

Cut avocado into quarters if it’s really large, peal and arrange on plate. If it’s a medium size avocado, half an avocado will serve one person. (Image above shows avocado half not pealed).  Fill with Crab Salad and garnish.

 

CrabAvocadoSaladIngredientsI buy the crab from Publix and find it to be rather good quality.  You can also buy Snow Crab Legs and remove from the shell.  This is a filling lunch or light dinner.

I made this last week with a larger avocado than shown and it made a very healthy, filling six (6) servings.

**WARNING**  Do not make this or any dish from the ‘crab stick’ or other fake lobster or seafood products.  What is it?  It’s the sweepings from the floor at a fish processing facility!  NASTY!!!!