I love presents. Especially when they are surprise presents. Left on your doorstep.
Well, not quite a present since I paid for this delivery but I didn’t know exactly when it would arrive and since it is my favorite thing in the world, I classify it as a surprise present.
You can never have enough peanut butter.
Tuesday Tip #1 – Always have several jars of Peanut Butter on reserve in your pantry.
It is the perfect food for stockpiling. After living through 2 hurricanes in the past 2 years here in New York, one needs to stock pile. One must always be prepared.
If the power goes out, eat peanut butter. If the grocery stores stop receiving food deliveries, eat peanut butter. If you have no gas to even get to the grocery store because gas stations are out of gas, you have your peanut butter.
I think peanut butter belongs on Hurricane Preparedness Checklists.
Stock your pantry with Peanut Butter & Co. Peanut Butter. It is by far the best tasting peanut butter out there.
Take it from me. I know my peanut butter. I have quite the selective, experienced peanut butter palate.
I order Crunch Time by the case but I do fill my pantry with a few other varieties:
Mighty Maple (OMG amazing)
Cinnamon Raisin Swirl (The little boy likes this one and I do too)
And the occasional jar of Smooth Operator as well.
Tip #2: Add peanut butter to every meal.
Trust me. A little peanut butter at each meal is not only satisfying and protein packed, but that extra little indulged sweet, crunchy, creamy taste will brighten your day and perk up anything you are eating.
They say that people who eat foods that satisfy their appetite and as well as their palate tend to lose weight or at least maintain a healthy weight versus people who feel deprived. If you love peanut butter, do not deprive yourself! It will only lead to cravings and that leads to overindulging.
So, how does one add peanut butter to every meal? Are you kidding? So easy!
The classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich can easily be eaten at any meal, including snack time. But, there are so many other choices.
Think out of the box, people! Or the jar in this case…
Breakfast – Peanut Butter can be added to a wide variety of breakfast menu options.
Try it in a nice bowl of oatmeal.
Add a scoop to pancake or waffle batter.
No time to whip up your own batter? No problem. Add the scoop of peanut butter on top of your frozen pancakes or waffles. No need for syrup, especially when adding a scoop of Mighty Maple to your plate.
Try adding peanut butter french toast (either on top or in your egg mixture).
Spread peanut butter on a whole grain english muffin. Instead of jelly, top it with sliced banana, strawberries, blueberries – any fruit you like (we aim for nutrient dense foods, remember?)
Greek Yogurt Parfait:
I love to layer fruit, granola, greek yogurt and peanut butter. I just add little spoonfuls of peanut butter at each layer.
Trust me on this one. Instead of buying a bottled peanut-type salad dressing, I simply adding a spoon of peanut butter to coat my salad. I typically mix it in with a little bit of Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki. Topped with avocado and you have yourself a serious salad.
Trying roasting up some chick peas and coat them with some peanut butter as well. Throw them into a salad or just pop them into your mouth.
Simple, nutrient dense and delicious.
The flavor of peanut butter works amazing with just about any vegetable. I love it with butternut squash, snap peas, stir fry veggies, carrots, celery, cucumber and sweet potatoes.
Sweet potatoes lead me into dinner:
Roast up some sweet potato wedges. Or, if you have no time, simply bake or even microwave a sweet potato. Top with peanut butter. Might Maple Peanut Butter. OMG.
Don’t believe me? Try it and get back to me.
I will try not to say I told you so.
You can also add peanut butter to stir fry dinners, just like I do with salads. Same method.
And let’s not forget snack time.
My all time favorite snack/dessert/meal is an apple sliced up with peanut butter. When I am feeling like a real treat, I even crumble some dark chocolate on top.
No day is complete unless I have my apple and peanut butter.
Which leads me right into tip #3: Never leave the house without a snack.
If I know I will be out of the house for the day, for overnight, or even for more than a few hours, I do not leave without a snack. I do not leave without a packet (or jar) of peanut butter and always bring an apple.
Geez, I flew to Florida a few weeks ago and brought on board a packet of peanut butter, a jar of peanut butter and 2 apples. Laugh if you want but at least I was prepared, full and satisfied with my snack!
Peanut Butter also makes an awesome, easy to pack, healthy snack when paired with cut up carrots and celery sticks. Perfect way to sneak in some veggies.
I wish I could send the little boy to school with peanut butter. It is so hard today with all of the nut allergies flying around the school that peanut butter is actually banned from the classroom. Tragic.
Although more tragic is those poor kids that are allergic to peanuts and can’t eat peanut butter. My heart goes out to them. And to their parents.
How do you eat your peanut butter? What brand do you buy?