Whether it's partnering with jelly on bread or is the featured ingredient in cookie dough, Peanut Butter is an enduring favorite. Most households have a jar of it in the kitchen at all times. But most people don’t know how to enjoy our peanut butter other than with jelly in a sandwich. If you happen to be one of those people, here are some tips for eating peanut butter beyond the peanut butter and jelly sandwich:
· Spread peanut butter on whole-grain toast or bagels instead of butter or cream cheese.
· Add peanut butter to fat-free or low-fat salad dressings (with compatible flavors) for added thickness and flavor. Beat them together until smooth -- using an electric mixer, small food processor, or whisk.
· Add peanut butter to muffin or pancake batters instead of butter or margarine (when the taste is compatible).
· Add peanut butter to smoothies, especially chocolate- or banana-flavored smoothies.
· Add peanut butter to stir-fry sauces for added flavor and thickness.
· Peanut butter adds plant fat and protein to make a well-rounded, satisfying snack out of whole-wheat crackers, sliced apples, pears, bananas or celery sticks.
· Make a vanilla or chocolate peanut butter treat by mixing a tablespoon of natural peanut butter into 1/2 cup of light vanilla or chocolate ice cream or frozen yogurt.
· Add peanut butter to granola bar recipes for extra flavor and to help bind the oats and other ingredients together. Use whole-grain bread and less-sugar jam to whip up a healthier peanut butter sandwich
Whichever way you choose to enjoy your peanut butter, you can feel assured that you are enjoying a food filled with lots of nutritional value, but as with everything, eat your peanut butter in moderation