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.
Introducing new foods into your baby’s diet is exciting and consistent research is showing that adding peanut products as early as 4-6 months can help reduce their risk of developing a peanut allergy later on in life.
Have fun introducing your little one to peanut butter by adding it to easy recipes that the whole family will love.
Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Perhaps not. But a peanut farmer in south Georgia can tell you how Sesame Street got to her farm. The children’s television series recently visited peanut country to show kids where one of their favorite foods comes from. In the process of filming, it became an educational experience unto itself that brought the industry together and showed that Sesame Street still has the power to bring joy and inspiration to people of all ages.
Introducing peanut foods to your infant can feel like a frightening step to take, but also an exciting and important part of your infant’s early eating experiences, as research states it could have the potential to reduce the risk of developing peanut allergies by up to 86%. In this Q&A, Dr. Jay Lieberman, an allergist and immunologist at the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, and associate professor at the University of Tennessee, shares his perspective on what parents should know about early introduction of peanut foods and how to overcome the fear.
When new guidelines for early introduction of peanut foods to prevent a peanut allergy were released by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), they offered hope and help to families everywhere. And, while many parents and pediatricians have embraced and followed the guidelines, research shows that many more parents need information and support before acting. To bridge the gap, the National Peanut Board (NPB) launched a campaign that builds awareness of the guidelines, provides easy-to-follow resources and aims to help parents overcome concerns and fears. Visit PreventPeanutAllergies.org from more information.
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.
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.
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