I happen to be a fan of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Often times I make my own peanut butter by grinding peanuts, almonds or even cashews in my Magic Bullet. I add a drop or two of olive oil for consistency and there I have it…peanut butter.
Although I knew the peanut butter was healthy, the jury was still out on the jelly. Organic jelly is nice, but I still would prefer something a little more natural.
Dr. Oz to the PB&J
I was watching the Dr. Oz show the one day and he suggested using fruit on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches instead of jelly. What a light bulb moment. Plain old fruit and peanut butter, what a nice combination.
After all, I love peanut butter and bananas, and my daughter likes putting peanut butter on her apples. Why go out and buy jelly when you can just slice fruit on a peanut butter sandwich?
Alternative to Peanut Butter and Jelly
So, to try it out, I packed my finicky daughter a peanut butter and sliced apple sandwich on whole grain bread for lunch. The healthy peanut butter and apple sandwich were followed by a healthy snack of peeled Clementines. I waited until she came home from school to hear the verdict. I wasn’t sure if she dumped the lunch and opted for school-issued “hot fries.”
When she came home I asked her about her lunch. She said that she liked it and she ate everything I packed for her. Whoo Hoo. That meant the peanut butter and jelly alternative was a hit. I was so pleased to finally be able to prepare a healthy lunch that she would actually eat.
Isn’t it amazing how small things like peanut butter and fruit sandwiches can make a mom so happy?