How to enjoy peanut butter without the jelly! 

By: Jodie Shield, RDN

March  is National Peanut Month – time to go nuts and spread the peanut butter love! Kids and adults love peanut butter, and that’s a good thing. Peanut butter naturally contains heart-healthy fat and the hunger-fighting dynamic duo — protein and fiber. But a PBJ sandwich everyday gets boring. Here are ten creative ways you can spread the PB love. Use my homemade peanut butter recipe or pick up a store brand made without added sugar or hydrogenated oils. What’s your favorite way to do PB?

  1. Toaster Waffle Sandwich. Spread creamy peanut butter over whole-wheat toaster waffles but skip the jelly and add apples slices and dried cranberries.
  2. Oatmeal Swirl. Stir peanut butter into a bowl of hot oatmeal and add a pinch of cinnamon.
  3. Nutty Nana Shake. Fill a blender with vanilla yogurt, banana slices, peanut butter, and a splash of fat-free milk and enjoy an energizing smoothie.
  4. Peanut Buttery Hummus. Whip up a batch of hummus but skip the tahini (sesame seed paste) and use peanut butter instead.
  5. PB Banana Dog. Spread peanut butter over a whole-wheat hot dog bun; add a banana and top with a drizzle of raspberry jam.
  6. Stuffed Strawberry Bites. Hallow out the center of a fresh strawberry with a spoon and fill it with peanut butter.
  7. Peanut Butter Sushi Rolls. Trim the crust off whole wheat bread and use a rolling pin to flatten it out. Slather on peanut butter, add sliced fruit and veggies, roll it up, and slice into maki rolls. Serve with a yogurt dip.
  8. Pea-nutty Pasta. Stir-fry chopped broccoli, grated carrots, and cooked whole-wheat noodles with a spoonful of peanut butter and splash of soy sauce. Or try a meatless recipe for West African Peanut Stew.
  9. Homemade Granola. Substitute peanut butter for regular butter when making granola. Then add raisins, nuts, and other goodies to make trail mix.
  10. Ants-On-a-Log. Stuff the inside of sliced celery sticks with peanut butter and top with raisins.

For more tasty, easy, and healthy recipes check out my FREE app Eat Healthy Homemade Meals available at iTunes and Google Play.


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Jodie Shield, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N. Jodie Shield has been a consultant and spokesperson in the field of nutrition for over two decades. A former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (1989-1995), she has worked extensively with the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and taught nutrition and medical dietetics at the University of Illinois. Currently she is a complemental faculty member of the College of Health Sciences in the Department of Clinical Nutrition at Rush University in Chicago.

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