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This Chef Reveals How He’s Innovating with Peanuts, and It’s Making Our Mouths Water!

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If you think you’ve had the most amazing peanut dish ever, think again. Chef Ian Boden caught our attention with some curious peanut creations at his restaurant, The Shack. He is a 2013 James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef, and his aptly-named 24-seat restaurant in small-town Staunton, Virginia has been featured in Garden & Gun, Esquire, and The Local Palate. We met up with him to find out more about his culinary credentials, and how he’s serving up some mouth-watering peanut dishes.

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Four Recipe Favorites from the Farm

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Peanut farmers put their hearts and souls into the crops that they grow. Dozens have volunteered their time and energy over the years to serve on the National Peanut Board to promote peanuts. During their tenure, we get to know not just the Board members but also their spouses and families. Unsurprisingly, peanuts take a starring role in many of their family meals. Four long-serving members cycled off the Board this year and here they share their favorite family peanut recipes with us.

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Start Your Family’s Day with a Peanut Power Smoothie Bowl, Packed with Protein

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Add fun, familiar flavors and a healthy boost of high-quality protein to your family’s breakfast with this Peanut Power Smoothie Bowl. Made by blending together peanut butter, bananas, milk, chia seeds, and cocoa powder, each luscious serving has an impressive 10 grams of protein … and that’s without the toppings!

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We’re Going Nuts over the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

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The newly released 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) emphasize choosing nuts and legumes, like peanuts, as part of a healthy eating pattern. The DGA are reviewed and released every five years as a way to provide evidence-based recommendations on how Americans should align their diets to achieve better health.

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Change in Menu: A Chef Consultant Sets Culinary Trends and Innovates with Peanuts

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It’s easy to see what’s trending on the food scene these days because it’s usually preceded with a hashtag. But how do chefs and restaurateurs set the course for the next menu-item meme, and how can peanuts play a role in the changing landscape of food trends? One behind-the-scenes trendsetter who inspires change in culinary cuisine is Patrick McDonnell, chef consultant and senior partner of McDonnell Kinder and Associates, LLC.

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Hit your health reset button for the New Year

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Instead of looking to begin a crash or fad diet, the better play is to create some sustainable behavior changes that will last long term. By adding fruits, veggies, nuts, including peanuts, seeds, low and nonfat dairy products and lean proteins, you will tend to crowd out the less nutritious options.

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Our Best Elegant Peanut Recipes for Your Holiday Celebrations

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You may not usually think of peanuts or peanut butter when you conjure up images of elegant things; but here at the National Peanut Board, we beg you to reconsider. We know peanuts are that nutritious grab-and-go snack and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches bring back warm memories of our childhoods. But you may be surprised at just how elegant and dressed-up peanuts can be.

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Happy Holidays from the National Peanut Board

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Season’s greetings!

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Spreading the Love in ATL

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According to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, more than 755,400 people in metro Atlanta and north Georgia turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families each year. To put that in perspective, that’s 1 in 7.5 people (including children) who don’t know where their next meal will come from.

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Give America’s Favorite Sandwich a Fun, New Twist with This Peanut Butter & Jelly Smoothie Bowl

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The Meal Makeover Moms just released a third book: The Smoothie Bowl Coloring Cookbook. Coloring books are wildly popular these days, so as dietitians and food bloggers, they decided to create a coloring book filled with healthy recipes and corresponding whimsical food designs. Talk about a creative way to excite kids about cooking and eating right!

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