November is Peanut Butter Lovers Month, time to celebrate our favorite food! Americans will celebrate by eating more than 65 million pounds of peanut butter during the month of November.Peanut butter is a food enjoyed by many. It can be found in many recipes, from a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich to a spicy pad Thai dish that features a peanut sauce.
Peanut butter can be part of a healthy diet if eating in correct portions. A serving size of peanut butter is 2 tablespoons.
- Peanut butter is packed with protein, about 4 grams of protein in each tablespoon. Protein will help to keep you feeling satisfied, not hungry.
- Peanut butter contains vitamins and minerals.
- Peanut butter contains healthy omega-3 fats. These fats are good for your hear.
Look for 100% natural peanut butter that contains no added sugar or oils. The only ingredients that will be listed are peanuts and salt. Natural peanut butter does tend to separate, so stirring before using is a must.
Peanut butter is a food item that you can easily and inexpensively make in your own kitchen. Making your own peanut butter will also provide a healthier alternative to the commercial, store-bought kind, as homemade peanut butter will be free from preservatives. If you can find a good, inexpensive supply of peanuts, making peanut butter may help save money while providing you with your own tasty batch of homemade peanut butter.
Homemade Peanut Butter
2 cups peanuts
1 ½ teaspoons peanut oil or vegetable oil
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons molasses, honey or brown sugar
Pinch of salt
Blend ingredients together.