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.
From our social media feeds to morning news shows, there’s nutrition advice thrown at us everyday.
The truth is, nutrition science is constantly evolving, which is why it is important to seek information backed by rigorous science.
Recently, diets like Whole30 caution about foods rich in omega-6 fatty acids, like peanuts, peanut butter, seeds and liquid vegetable oils (i.e. corn, sunflower and safflower oils). And greater emphasis is typically placed on benefits of eating omega-3 fatty acids.
While we’ve been able to provide sandwiches to many in need, there is still more that can be done. That’s where you can help make a difference!
New peanut products in the dairy category have spiked since the start of 2018. In both the dairy milk and alternative milk spaces, product introductions with peanut ingredients are up 200%, according to data from Mintel. New breakfast cereals with peanuts have increased 50%.
After you've read "How to Meal Plan if You Hate Meal Planning" and you’re ready to hit the grocery store, there is one essential item to bring with you (aside from your money!) – The List.
Here are some of my suggestions to help you become a grocery list pro:
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