Tuesday, April 26, 2011

PB&J.. the forgotten wonder

Ok, so I know your mother probably fed you about 89 Gazillion peanut butter sandwiches as a child, and if  you are anything like me once you got old enough to buy your own groceries you struck them completely off the list of meal possibilities, swearing never to eat them again. But when was the last time you actually ate one? I recently re-discovered them, and they are quite delicious in moderation. Just not every other day for 10 straight years. :)  Especially if you change them up a little from the white bread-grape jelly version you ate as a child. My favorite right now is seedless blackberry jam, low-fat creamy Jiff, and 7grain bread- although I am also very fond of Strawberry jam. Paired with my daily iced vanilla coffee, it makes for one very enjoyable protein packed (and very very cheap) meal. Do you know the average cost of a basic Pb&j is a tiny $0.29, and even with fancy jam and bread the cost falls under $1. If you get daring you could even try adding some things. There are the basics, like marshmallows, chocolate chips, raisins, and bananas, but what about dill pickle, bacon, or apples? Yum.... Plus they are portable, don't have to be refrigerated, are very filling, and don't get soggy before lunch time. So next time you find yourself at the grocery store, peruse the jelly and jam isle and grab whichever one looks the best to you- there are more varieties there than you can probably imagine- and start enjoying a PB&J every now and again. Smucker's alone offers blackberry, raspberry, mango, orange, plum, apple, and guava just to name a few! Your wallet will appreciate it almost as much as the child inside you.

Just for fun:

Candy coated Lime curd and peanut butter

Apples, blueberries, pineapple chunks, chocolate syrup, and peanut butter. 

 Grilled apple, honey, and peanut butter.

Dill pickle, onion, mayo, and peanut butter.

and my favorite...Mini Reese's cups and peanut butter, grilled.  Yummmo!


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