Not only March National Peanut Month, but it’s also National Nutrition Month! The event was hosted at the Openhouse Gallery in SoHo, where there were were huge photos of stylish reinterpretations on the classic PB & J sandwich.
The seminar itself, led by Registered Dieticion Denna Seagrave-Daly, focused on the nutritional benefits peanuts can have on your diet when you consume five servings weekly.
Some highlight on peanuts:
1 serving = 1 oz peanuts, or 2 Tablespoons peanut butter
- contain 7g of protein, the most per serving of any nut
- have a higher level of antioxidants than spinach, green tea or sweet potatoes
- 1.5 oz of nuts per day may reduce the risk of heart disease
- with a good mix of protein, unsaturated fat and fiber, peanuts help our bodie recognize when we’re satiated
- have a low Glycemic Index (the measurement of the impact individual foods have on blood sugar levels)
After the seminar, we sampled a few peanut butter based snacks: cookies, smoothies, and veggie dip.
We were sent home with a peanut-themed goodie bag. I’ve been dying to try The Heat Is On, PB & Co.’s spicy peanut butter!
I’ve already dug into Crunch Time, the extra-crunchy variety, and mixed it into a tasty yogurt bowl (Lemon Chobani, banana, Puffins, golden berries)…
… and spread it atop an English muffin with sliced banana. Banana and peanut butter will always be one of my favorite combinations, whether it’s part of a pre-race breakfast or a midnight snack after work (which was the case with the photo below).
PB & Co’s Dark Chocolate Dreams also inspired my Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Bars!
Do you like peanuts? Have you ever tried flavored peanut butter? What’s your favorite way to use the two?