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.
Do you ever come home from vacation and feel like you need a “detox”?
Well, you don’t.
In fact, your kidneys and liver will take care of that for you. But there are some wellness tips and tricks to help you feel great from the time you pack your bags all the way until you’re back home on that work grind.
Peanut allergy prevention has been in the news frequently over the past two years with the completion of the groundbreaking LEAP study. Now the National Institutes of Health has published an addendum to the guidelines for the prevention of peanut allergy in the US.
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.
There’s no arguing the increase in snacking behavior among Americans. While our society once subscribed to eating three meals per day, it’s not uncommon for people to eat two or more snacks in addition to those meals every day. With an increase in snacking, there could be an increase in total calories consumed, which leads to concerns about the possibility of weight gain – especially among children.
With summer in full swing, you may be looking for ideas to help your kids keep up the “learning momentum” they had during the school year and yet still have fun. Here are fun, free, educational ideas to do with your kids or give them a little push when they say, “I’m bored!”
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