Peanut butter sandwiches are a childhood tradition. But what kind is best for kids?
If you’re a mom, peanut butter is definitely up there on the lunch list. It’s chock-full of protein, easy to prepare and pack, and just plain yummy. But believe it or not, some brands are over-processed, which strips them of nutritional value. Manufacturers also add lots of undesirables, like hydrogenated oils, sugars, and even high-fructose corn syrup. I recommend a natural peanut butter (not reduced fat) made with roasted peanuts and salt, with no added sugars or unhealthy fats.
A great choice is Smucker’s Natural, which is also made with non-genetically modified ingredients. For children who miss the sweet taste of the unhealthy versions, make a PB&J sandwich using a thin layer of no sugar added pure fruit preserve.
These are available in several kosher varieties from Fiordifrutta Fruit Spread and are sold on Amazon.
For children with a peanut allergy, try almond butter. Although almond butter and peanut butter are very similar in nutritional value, almond butter contains more vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and a bit less protein. My personal top butter pick is SunButter, which is made of sunflower seeds, so you can even send it to a nut-free school with your child! It is higher in protein, and is also high in Vitamin E, magnesium, and healthy fats. Just beware when using SunButter in your baking; your muffins or cookies will come out a greenish color.
All statements are suggestive only. Please consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes.