Most of us grew up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Mom or Dad would make it for us to take to school, or it was the first “meal” we could make on our own. When the rest of the world is chaos, we can always rely on the comfort of a PB&J.
Something fruity, something rich and fatty and something to spread it on. Chef and author Justin Warner calls this “the law of peanut butter and jelly.” The fat in peanut butter is mostly good fat, the sweetness comes from the jelly, and the bread is the vehicle that holds all this gloriousness together. The combination is basic but tasty and satisfying.
It’s power packed
ESPN magazine recently called the PB&J a “staple snack” of the NBA. Athletes love PB&Js for all of the reasons listed here and because it provides amazing nutritional benefits. A PB&J has 15 grams of protein per serving, 13 grams of plant-based unsaturated fat and 5 grams of fiber. That keeps you full and helps build muscle. Plus 12.5 grams of sugar provides the quick release of energy that athletes need.
It’s versatile & convenient
You can make it your own. A PB&J can be any combination you like. PB&B with banana or fresh strawberries, honey, chocolate chips, bacon, or even mayo or cheese if you’re feeling extra adventurous.
You can also enjoy a PB&J any time of day. With a side of fruit, the sandwich is a solid breakfast and works perfectly for dinner in a pinch or as an after-workout snack. Pack a PB&J in your carryon on a plane; take it along to disc golf or soccer practice; stash it in your bag before you go to a show. No refrigerator required.
It’s fast & affordable
You can whip up a pretty impressive PB&J in the same time it takes to heat up a frozen dinner. And a PB&J will only set you back about 50 cents.