Some Ways To Enjoy Peanut Butter

Peanut butter has been a pantry and sandwich staple for generations.  Many people when they think of peanut butter think only of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  There are lots of other ways to enjoy this healthy food.

If you want to make a sandwich perhaps you should consider peanut butter and banana, peanut butter with blueberries or apple slices or with bacon or with pickles or raisins, or applesauce, or honey, or whatever you think will go well with the peanut butter.  You can skip bread and put your peanut butter combination on waffles, pancakes, bagels, English muffins, crackers,  rice cakes, etc.

Peanut butter is a high calorie, high fat food, but it also has many health benefits.  Peanuts contain the healthy kind of fat, mono-unsaturated fat.  Two tablespoons of peanut butter, considered 1 serving, contains 8 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and vitamin E and magnesium.  Peanut butter is cholesterol free and contains zero grams of trans-fats per serving.

Some folks like the creamy peanut butter, while others prefer the crunchy peanut butter.  If you are looking for the healthiest type of peanut butter it is the kind labeled natural.  The natural peanut butter usually has a layer of oil on top which needs to be stirred before each use.  This type of peanut butter needs to be stored in the refrigerator to avoid spoiling.

If you are looking for some ways to use peanut butter and add some protein to your meal, here are a few suggestions;

Stir a scoop of peanut butter into your hot oatmeal.

Add a scoop of peanut butter to your smoothie

Add some peanut butter to your yogurt

Add some peanut butter to a piece of celery

Spread some peanut butter on apple slices

Make some peanut butter cookies

Add some peanut butter to the graham cracker when making S’mores

There are many recipes where you can incorporate peanut butter.  Here are just two examples, but you can find many more recipes online:

Asian noodles with chili-nut sauce

3 Tablespoons peanut butter

¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce

1 or 2 Tablespoons Chinese chili oil

¼ cup rice vinegar

2 Tablespoons dark brown sugar

4 green onions, sliced diagonally into ¼ inch slices

½ cup chopped bell pepper

Toasted sesame seeds for garnish

Make the chili-nut sauce by combining the first 5 ingredients and blending well.  Cook either 1 package (10 ounces) Chinese wheat noodles or 8 ounces of whole wheat spaghetti.  Use package directions for cooking the noodles or spaghetti. Drain the noodles or spaghetti well.  Toss the drained noodles with the sauce, onions and peppers.  Cool noodles to room temperature.  To serve, place food on a serving platter and garnish with sesame seeds