We all ate them as kids. If you have kids, they’re probably a go-to lunch or snack in your arsenal of kid-approved favorites. Simple and comforting – peanut butter sandwiches. Do you remember the taste? Mmmm, yum! I don’t know about you, but I probably ate hundreds of them. Almost everyday in my brown paper lunch bag in elementary school.
I revisited this beloved kid favorite when I started my first job out of college. Peanut butter sandwiches came with me to the office most days. Sure, they weren't the most sophisticated option compared to going out for fancy sushi lunches everyday, but hey, they were tasty, so easy to make, and were economical – all factors that were important to a recent college grad. Little did I know, peanut butter sandwiches have a trail of benefits for health.
While we tend to think of peanut butter sandwiches as just for kids, they offer great nutritional benefits for adults, as well. Here’s why it’s time for you to take another look at the classic peanut butter sandwich.
Besides the fact that they taste great (Have you ever had a toasted peanut butter sandwich where the peanut butter gets all warm, melty and gooey? Heaven!) These simple sandwiches are packed with powerful nutrients.
Let’s start of by looking at the peanut butter itself. For starters, peanut butter packs a hefty punch of protein. Just 2 tablespoons of this gooey goodness provides 7 grams of protein. Why is protein important? Protein is the building block of our bodies. Protein helps build and mend our muscles and provides energy to keep us going longer. It also keeps us fuller longer, which is an added benefit for those of us trying to lose weight. Okay, so maybe you already knew about the protein benefit of peanut butter. But did you know that it also contains potassium, which helps our bodies counter dangerous sodium?
Back to the topic of weight loss, peanut butter also contains fiber (2 grams per serving!). Fiber helps our systems clear themselves out, getting rid of excess waste in our bodies, and therefore making us feel lighter. It also helps us feel fuller longer.
Peanut butter also contains the vitamin B6, which is an immunity booster. When our immune system is kept healthy, then our bodies are less likely to get sick (especially helpful during cold and flu season, but also year round).
And a very important benefit of yummy peanut butter is the good influence it has on our hearts. Literally. Peanut butter contains the “good fat,” which has been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease. This is very important, since heart disease is an unfriendly beast, and is growing at an alarming rate.
Next, let’s take a look at the other part of a peanut butter sandwich: The bread! While it may seem like bread is bad, that is not the case. Many of us automatically think of fluffy white bread for making a sandwich, which would be the wrong answer. Sorry. White bread contains refined flour. The refining process removes the healthy nutrients of the grain. Whole wheat bread, on the other hand still contains these nutrients – most notably – fiber. One piece of whole wheat bread has about eight times more fiber than its white bread counterpart. Remember our discussion on fiber? It helps us clear our bodies, and makes us feel full longer – hello weight loss!
So, we hope we've gotten you back on the PB sandwich bandwagon. And, it’s not just for lunch. It makes a great snack, too. Instead of empty calorie, processed, or sugar-laden options, this tasty treat gives your body health empowering nutrients, and it also has a slim down factor that most of us are looking for. So yes, peanut butter sandwiches are great for kids, but are definitely for us health conscious grown-ups, too!
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