National Peanut Butter Lovers Day!

I love peanut butter, I can’t believe there is a day for this. I want to share a few healthy ways to eat peanut butter. Peanut butter is a great source of protein and fiber. It tastes great and is easy to add to other healthy foods. Some of my favorite ways to eat peanut butter is to eat it with apples, carrots, bananas, whole wheat bread, rice cakes, crackers… the possibilities are endless.

In honor of peanut butter lovers day I am having a peanut butter rice cake for breakfast. Try it, your kids will love it too.

Ingredients:

peanut butter, banana, crushed almonds and sunflower seeds and rice cake

This is also great in a tortilla wrap!

 

From the National Day Calendar here are a few facts and history on peanut butter.

The slang term for peanut butter in World War II was “monkey butter”.
A monkey visited the lab at Kellogg’s one day and dipped his banana in a jar of peanut butter and he’s been ape over the combination ever since. Actually, banana slices with peanut butter sandwiched between them and dipped in chocolate make a terrific snack.

Peanut butter and bananas was a combination even fit for a king. Elvis Presley was a peanut butter and banana sandwich lover.

Then peanut butter got it’s passport and traveled the world. It paired up with some shrimp and got a little saucy. The result is a Thai peanut butter shrimp that is so yummy it had to be true love.

Things heated up a little when peanut butter jumped into the stew pot to sweat it out with a spring chick seasoned with some cayenne. African Chicken Peanut Stew has never been the same.

Some of the best times peanut butter has ever had is with marshmallows. The result is the best tasting fudge around.

Fun Peanut Butter Facts:

It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter.
Peanut butter was first sold in the United States at the Universal Exposition in St. Louis by C.H. Sumner. He sold $705.11 of the “new treat” at his concession stand.
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup was introduced to America in 1928.
The oldest operating manufacturer and seller of peanut butter has been selling peanut butter since 1908.
Peanut butter was the controlling secret behind “Mr. Ed,” TV’s talking horse.
Americans spend almost $800 million a year on peanut butter.
January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day.
HOW TO OBSERVE

Fall in love with some peanut butter or a new peanut butter combination. Try peanut butter and apples. Or maybe fried peaches and peanut butter. Try one the recipes above. Or how about peanut butter and bacon. Use #PeanutButterLoversDay to post on social media.

Full story on the National Day Calendar 

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