Dread Back-to-School Less with Peanuts

With eyes half open and the whole family scrambling to get out the door before dawn breaks, you don’t need a reminder that school’s back in session. But remembering to feed your family nutritious meals shouldn’t get lost in the shuffle. As inspiration for busy parents to make meal prep less daunting, registered dietitian Sherry Coleman Collins shared some family-focused recipe videos incorporating peanuts and peanut butter on our YouTube channel.

From peanut butter baby food and stealthy veggie waffles, to Asian noodles with peanut sauce, these videos offer nutritious tips and meal ideas for every member of the family. So we partnered with cookbook author, mom and registered dietitian Katie Morford to feature the videos in a Twitter chat about #PeanutPower in family meals. Those who joined in the conversation were excited to share their stories and strategies for back-to-school meals.

Katie asked during the chat what challenges folks have in feeding family meals during the #backtoschool season. Here is what some people said:

Elizabeth Ward @EWardRD

Challenges include time and food management, so I stick with very easy #backtoschool meals. #peanutpower

ProudLatinaTX @ProudLatinaTX

No challenges I make it a priority to make healthy dishes. Its important, have to prep early and be creative! #peanutpower

Attendees also shared their own tips for making nutritious family meals when time is an issue:

Katie Morford MS, RD @katiemorford

I sometimes make PB&Js in the waffle iron or panini press when I’m short on time. The kids love that. #peanutpower

Sherry Coleman Collins asked questions about feeding nutritious ingredients including peanuts and peanut butter to families, and provided the latest guidelines on when to introduce peanuts to toddlers.

RDN @PeanutFarmers @PeanutRD

Recent research supports introducing peanut foods at around the same time as other solid foods (4 – 6 months) #PeanutPower 

RDN @PeanutFarmers @PeanutRD

For kiddos at high risk of food allergies, discuss w/pediatrician before intro. Fortunately most are not. #peanutpower

To learn more about introducing peanut foods to infants, check out Sherry’s recipe video or visit peanutallergyfacts.org for the latest research information. You can also find more family recipes on our website and Pinterest. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to date information and announcements about future Twitter chats.

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