6 Fun Ways To Incorporate Peanut Butter into Your Snack Routine
November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month, which is a great time to learn a new PB snack recipe to keep your appetite in check between meals. And if you're not already a fan of the creamy or crunchy spread, it's a great time to try out some different ways of eating this wholesome nut butter.
Reasons to Eat Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is a fairly high-fat, high-calorie spread, so you're not going to want to attack the jar with a tablespoon and an empty stomach. But two tablespoons (a serving) of PB has around 7 grams of protein and plenty of vitamins and fiber, so it packs a healthy punch that can boost your energy while helping you control blood sugar and contribute to digestive and heart health.
As with any type of food, make sure you consult your doctor or a dietitian before adding PB regularly to your diet, especially if you have specific health concerns.
Once you get the all clear, here are 6 ways to enjoy peanut butter in easy snacks you can prepare and eat right in your assisted living apartment.
- Make PB & _______ sandwiches. You can swap out the traditional jelly for a variety of ingredients to make this snack savory or sweet. Popular options include honey, syrup, thin apple slices, banana slices and even Nutella.
- Apple dippers. Slice apples and dip them into peanut butter as a healthier alternative to chips and dip. You can also slice apples into thin, flat wafers and spread peanut butter on them to create apple sandwiches that take the place of cookies as an afternoon snack. Other things you can dip into or spread PB on include crackers, celery, pretzels and even waffles.
- Mix into hot chocolate. Add protein to a fun hot beverage by mixing a small spoon of peanut butter into a mug of hot chocolate. You'll enjoy a liquid form of a popular candy treat.
- Slather it on a wrap. Spread two tablespoons of peanut butter on a flour tortilla or other wrap and roll it into a tube that's easy to eat on the go.
- Boost the protein power of a smoothie by mixing a spoon or two of peanut butter with kale, bananas, avocado, chocolate or other favorite ingredients.
- Grab a spoon and lick it clean. While you don't want to eat the entire jar, a tablespoon of peanut butter can be a delicious pick-me-up as you approach the afternoon wall.
Pair your peanut butter treat with a hot cup of your favorite tea or coffee or a refreshing cup of chocolate milk to complete snack time.
If any of these snack ideas sound like something out of your childhood, embrace it. You don't have to be young to enjoy the good stuff!
During National Peanut Butter Lovers Month, put some of these healthy snack ideas to work in your assisted living apartment or share your favorite PB recipes with others in the community. Or, put those recipes to work right here at The Gardens by whipping up dishes to share in the country kitchen.
Posted on Fri, November 2, 2018
by Shawn Deane