This morning we will see sleepy eyed kids sauntering back to school, and disheveled parents following close behind. Happy back to school everyone, isn’t it grand! In honor of the first day back I thought I would do an ode to the most classic school lunch items of all time, the PB&J.
Peanut butter is rammed with protein, omegas and good fats, but there are a few things to look out for when choosing your brand of PB.
1. Make sure your PB selection includes REAL peanuts! Look for a natural brand peanut butter that does not have added refined sugars, artificial sweetners, or hydrogenated oils. There are so many on the market now that only include 100% raw peanuts. Check here and here for suggestions.
2. If your child’s school has a peanut allergy alert never fear, there are lots of great replacements that use seeds which are usually ‘A’ ok on those lengthy allergy lists. Check out Sunbutter it’s so tasty!
Now that you’ve got the right ingredients here’s a healthy and delicious way to update that boring, nutrient lacking PB&J.
Peanut Butter Raisin Spread
Recipe via Fitsugar.
3/4 cup raisins
1 cup applesauce (I used no sugar added applesauce).
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 cup natural creamy peanut butter or Sunbutter
- Put the raisins, applesauce, and cinnamon in a small saucepan and bring to boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer for eight to 10 minutes or until raisins have plumped up.
- Place mixture in a food processor. Add the nut butter and pulse until smooth.
- Spread onto whole wheat crackers, rice crackers, whole grain bread, fruit slices, or celery sticks.
Makes 1 3/4 cups of spread. This is a great recipe that is satisfyingly sweet, full of protein, and vitamins from the raisins and apples. Exactly what your child needs to get them through the school day, and exactly what you need to keep you on track. Enjoy!
|Picture via Fitsugar.|