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Old 02-08-2010, 03:04 PM   #1
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Can peanut butter and jelly be a good muscle building meal?

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have been a part of my diet for a while. As long as I can have one I really dont get many sweet cravings. Now my PB and J is probably completely different than what most have. Heres how I make mine:

2 pieces whole grain Ezekial bread toasted
2 Tablespoons Smuckers All Natural Peanut Butter
1 Tablespoon Low sugar strawberry jam


It breaks down to:

Calories: 395

Carbs: 42

Fat: 17

Protein: 16

I typically have that with 1.5 cups of 1% milk in the evenings. My question is, should I avoid meals like this while in a mass gaining phase? I really am trying to eat as clean as possible and for the most part my meals are meat and salad. Should I stay away from eating these? Thanks
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:45 PM   #2
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clean, evenings, bread, and milk are usually never seen in the same sentence. Are you struggling to gain weight?
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:10 PM   #3
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My first 1.5 years of lifting I was eating 6 peanut butter and honey sandwiches a day, a gallon of whole milk each day, protein shakes and I cant remember what all else. My metabolism was raging then and I did grow well off that diet and didn't gain any noticeable fat. Took me from 145lb to 183lb in 8 months. For someone with a slow metabolism probably not the best idea. All that peanut butter and milk made for some real tear jerkers on the toilet, felt like you were passing a brick!

Now though I haven't ate a peanut butter sandwich in probably almost 5 years.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:11 PM   #4
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I wouldnt say Im struggling to gain weight. I more or less use peanut & jelly sandwiches as my daily dose of indulgence. I justify eating them because 1) I hit my overall macros fine with them 2) I use ezekial bread, natural PB, and low sugar jam. All of those ingredients are usually considered quite common in a mass gaining diet, but together it seems like its destined to put on fat.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:17 PM   #5
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The protein in PB is NOT a complete protein.......

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Old 02-08-2010, 09:24 PM   #6
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you say you're in a mass gaining phase? If you're really trying to gain mass, I would just eat food and not worry about it. A peanut butter and jelly with milk is a much better option than not eating. Anyone else agree?
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:33 PM   #7
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Well.....kind of. having complete proteins would be better. Eating a cube of butter would be better than not eating anything at all also, but not very optimal. If he is a young kid that needs calories more than anything PB and jelly can be fine if he is super skinny with a raging fast metabolism. If that is not the case there are better choices.

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Thanks for the advice. I'll start cutting down. I typical have one per day. Usually I add a protein shake or some milk with it to get the protein requirements up but its more or less my daily fat intake that is never quite where it needs to be. Always about 10-20g to high...which would account for about one PB & J..lol
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