Like many of us, Mike Hottinger grew up loving the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. However, the Wisconsin native decided to take his passion for a PB&J to the next level and opened his own restaurant, “Peanut Butter and Jelly Deli” in West Allis just outside of Milwaukee. With dozens of different sandwich options that use locally made peanut butter, there is no doubt that this deli is every peanut butter lover’s dream.
No longer should parents withhold the introduction of peanut foods from their infants until toddlerhood. In fact, new guidelines from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) now recommend feeding peanut foods to infants as early as 4 to 6 months of age, depending on their risk for allergies, to prevent peanut allergy. Dr. Ron Sunog, is a pediatrician who helped develop Puffworks® baby. We sat down with him to find out more about the new guidelines, and how this product can help make early introduction easier.
Take a moment to ask yourself: What motivates me to eat well?
If your key motivators behind eating a healthy diet are weight control and/or weight loss, you are not alone. As a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), I notice the driving force behind many people’s desire to develop a healthier diet is typically weight-focused.
But there are often forgotten physical and mental health benefits of eating a balanced, varied and nutrient-dense diet– that have nothing to do with your body size:
If you’re going to go to all the fuss of throwing a party, then make it a memorable one. No offense to mom, but those old-school recipes laden with mayonnaise aren’t going to go over well with a refined foodie crowd. Check out these recipe ideas for a more sophisticated (and tasty!) soirée.
It’s no secret that Instagram is one of the most visual social media platforms – it’s known to be the channel where people share beautiful images that inspire others to travel, try new recipes and share the most Instagram-able moments of their lives. Food is one of the most commonly “Instagramed” items, and hashtags like #foodgram and #EatingForTheInsta are increasingly popular and almost always trending. Often the most Instagramed foods feature bright colors, unique textures or a twist on a beloved food, such as rolled ice cream.
To keep our energy levels up, each meal and snack should contain a good proportion of carbohydrates (the more whole grain or fruit/veggie based, the better), protein and good fats. Peanut butter is a natural fit as it provides more protein per ounce than any other nut as well as a great dose of mostly unsaturated fats – the good kind. Not to mention, it is shelf stable so packing it for lunch or a snack makes it more portable than most options.
Kids love the great taste of peanut butter, and school nutrition professionals love the protein and other key nutrients of this American staple. Some schools, however, struggle with managing peanut products due to concerns about food allergies. Others are unsure of how to use peanut butter as an ingredient in meals beyond the typical PB&J. We sat down with two experts in K-12 school nutrition to get their insights on the importance of peanut butter in nutrition programs, advice on managing food allergies, and culinary tips to elevate school meals with peanut butter.
To make sure we get enough protein everyday, it is important to consider quality and quantity. When we think of protein, the first foods that come to mind are typically chicken, beef and maybe eggs. But what if you opt to get your protein from plants instead of animal sources? A diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, beans, soy foods, and nuts and seeds can provide enough protein.
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