PB&J for Fun, Health and the Planet!

January 12, 2008 at 3:38 am 3 comments

I love peanut butter. I mean, I REALLY love peanut butter. I love it so much that I can’t control myself around it, which is why I almost never have it in the house. The jar is always in imminent danger of being consumed in one sitting. Considering that PB has 180-210 calories per two-tablespoon serving, that can be dangerous to my waistline.

Beyond loving the taste of peanut butter purely as a food, I also love the “aura” it has. Peanut Butter is a happy food. It evokes memories of mellow afternoons filled with strawberry jam, marshmallow fluff and bananas. Peanut butter is a bit kitschy. The acronym – PB&J – rolls off the tongue. It’s fun; it’s festive.

I recently moved into a new crib, and I’m planning a housewarming party of sorts in the next couple of months. My home décor is unusual: mod, pop-art with lots of bright colors. My artwork, consisting largely of funky collages in shiny black frames, hangs throughout. I’ve made a sofa table out of a wall mirror and a couple of huge vases, and on it, I display art purses I’ve made with supplies found at the dollar store. When I have my party, I want it to reflect my quirky personality and decorating style. Which is why I’ve decided to have a PB&J party.

Using recipes from The Peanut Butter & Co. Cookbook and the P.B. Loco website, all the tasty food offerings be made in some way, shape or form from peanut butter and jelly. (I will, of course, note this on my invitation so that anyone with peanut allergies can stay away.) It’ll be a hoot! I want people who come to my party to have a time like no other. I don’t want it to be a standard party with the same-old food. PB&J is definitely the way to go.

For sure, peanut butter is a young-at-heart kicky food, but it’s also got a serious side. Peanut butter is good for you! According to Prevention Magazine, peanut butter is “healthy, filling, and can be a dieter’s best friend“. The combination of fiber and protein makes it stick to your ribs longer, precluding overeating later on. It’s also vitamin-rich with vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B6. Peanut butter contains resveratrol, the same ingredient in red wine that has been associated with lower cardiovascular risk. It’s even got lots of the good fat – the heart-healthy monounsaturated kind. Add in some all-fruit, unsweetened jam and whole-wheat bread, and you’ve covered nearly all of your nutritional bases in one, easy-to-hold package. Plus, “women who ate peanut butter five days a week had a 20 percent lower risk of developing diabetes compared to those who didn’t eat the spread, according to a 2002 report in The Journal of the American Medical Association.”

What I just learned, however, is that peanut butter is also good for the planet. The PB&J Campaign says that peanut butter and jelly can slow global warming. “Next time you have one you’ll reduce your carbon footprint by saving the equivalent of 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over an average animal-based lunch like a hamburger, a tuna sandwich, grilled cheese, or chicken nuggets. That’s about forty percent of what you’d save driving around for the day in a hybrid instead of a standard sedan. If you have a PB&J instead of a ham sandwich or a hamburger, you save the equivalent almost 3.5 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.” Wow! That’s huge!

So, when you’re feeling fruity and craving something nutty, go for a PB&J… for your health, for fun and for the planet!

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  • 1. Ginger Fithian  |  February 15, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    This is great info. thanks for doing the research for me! I’ve been putting off looking up the nutrition content of pb. Now I know why I want it every so often.

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