Today, I am not bringing you a recipe. Mostly, because I forgot to take pictures of all the things I cooked this week. Haha But, I do want to mention an easy way to add healthier options into your family’s diet, without breaking the bank.
I don’t buy all organic, all the time. Right now, it just doesn’t fit into out budget, but I do buy what I can. When I can. And that is all any of us can ask for, right? To do our best.
So, I am going to start with my very favorite, never gets old and I could eat it at every meal, food- PEANUT BUTTER! haha
Note: My kids probably have peanut butter once a day, in some shape or form. Lexie doesn’t eat eggs (not matter how I disguise them… it’s a texture thing. no squishy foods allowed). So often times I smear peanut butter on her toast, sourdough pancakes, or whole wheat waffles. This adds protein and good fats to what would otherwise be just complex carbs.
My favorite peanut butter is Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter.
Why, you ask? The ingredients: peanuts, less than 1% salt. That is why.
It is absolutely the best peanut butter I have ever tried. I can’t eat regular Jiff or Peter Pan anymore- all I can taste is overly sweetened chemicals and unhealthy oils with no real flavor or texture. *blah*
Smucker’s Natural has no unhealthy vegetable oils, no refined sugar, and no chemical additives. It is just peanuts and a little salt. And man, is it good.
The best part is, you don’t have to go to a specialty grocery store to get it! I find mine at our local Walmart, it is usually on the very top shelf of the peanut butter section. You do however, need to stir the peanut butter, and then keep it in the fridge.
This is something, that although it isn’t organic, I can feel good feeding it to my family, especially my young children who don’t need any more refined sugars in their little systems than necessary.
If you aren’t quite as ready to make the leap to just peanuts and salt for your favorite spread, you can try Skippy’s Naturals. This peanut butter contains: peanuts, palm oil, and salt. Again, no sugar, and no bad vegetable oils. Palm oil is a relatively healthy oil, and many people use it in place of coconut and olive oil in recipes. This is the brand my husband prefers, so I buy it just for him, and sometimes the kids have it.
Buying a natural peanut butter is a small, healthy change that isn’t going to break the bank! I didn’t link to these products on amazon because right now they are outrageously expensive. But at you local grocery store they should run between $4-$5 for a big jar.
Try it, and let me know what you think. I bet your family will like it!