Peanut butter and jelly is a must with most kids, but your run-of-the-mill Jiff is far from wholesome. Not only is it full of processed ingredients, but it’s also full of calories and saturated fats and not as high in protein and fiber as it could be. That doesn’t mean we need to deprive our kids from an American classic (luckily!). A number of brands have recently come out with healthy peanut butter versions of the supermarket staple. Here’s a look at some of the best! Buff Bake: This brand makes both almond and peanut butters enriched with whey protein, chia seeds, and flax seeds ensuring you get both your protein and fiber fix. Bonus! They come in a wide assortment of flavors that your kids will love including snicker doodle, coffee bean, cookie, white chocolate, chocolate chip, and cinnamon raisin, all of which are low in sugar. JEM Raw Organic Nut Butters:
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JEM makes a handful of craft premium organic products that kids – and adults with discerning palettes – will love. Better yet, should your children have an intolerance or sensitivities, this is a fantastic brand to consider as not only do they only use 100% OTC-USDA certified organic, non-GMO and vegan ingredients, they have voluntarily hired third party labs to test random samples of their products for any hidden pesticides, harmful heavy metals, microbes, pathogens, dairy, soy processed sugar, and gluten – JEM has gotten a clean bill of health every time. All of their spreads are raw and nutrient-rich so they’re easy to digest and have a mouth-watering creamy texture – seriously eating the whole jar isn’t such a crazy thought…with that said these aren’t low in calories and it’s easy to eat way more than a single portion so do bear that in mind. Should you or your loved ones overdose however rest assured that you’ve fed your body with a quality nut butter that rivals one that is self-made from scratch.
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Nut butters don’t only go great on a sandwich they are an awesome replacement for traditional sugar-rich frosting. Barney Butter is a favorite for baking because their butters – all of which are almond based – come in a variety of textures. smooth, crunchy, bare smooth, and bare crunchy, as well as in flavors like vanilla bean + espresso and honey +flax.
This brand was pushed to the spotlight after appearing on an episode of Shark Tank where their delicious concoctions got them an investment. Nuts ‘N More’s options are not only great for kids, but for fitness enthusiast as they also have protein enriched nut powders and butters (unlike most they’re not chalky in texture, but rather very smooth). This is also the brand that has the most options – everything from pumpkin spice peanut to salted caramel peanut to coconut peanut so you could have a scoop every day of the week and never get bored. Like with the other options however note that these should be consumed in moderation because of their calories and fat content (even if a good chunk are healthy fats!).