Tomorrow, April 2nd, is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! According to the National Peanut Board there are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.
Peanuts pack a nutritional punch too. They have more protein, niacin, folate and phytosterols than any nut and contain over 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients. Peanuts are also naturally cholesterol-free. Recent studies show that the combination of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that are found in peanuts may be helpful in reducing cholesterol levels in the body.
To celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, make this iconic American sandwich for lunch! For a healthy PBJ, try these tips:
- Start with a whole wheat or whole grain bread or sandwich thin
- Spread on 1-2 Tbsp of natural peanut butter or peanut butter that has no added sugar or oils
- You could also try another kind of nut butter, such as almond, cashew, or even sunflower seed butter
- Choose jams, jellies, or preserves made from 100% fruit or try a low-sugar variety
- Instead of jelly or jam, you could also try slices of fresh fruit, such as apples, strawberries or bananas
- For a new twist, try a sprinkle of cinnamon, a drizzle of honey and raisins
- For a hot sandwich, toast your bread, place in a Panini press, or make a grilled PBJ on a skillet