Oh, the PB&J. What wouldn’t you give for the chance to bite into this sandwich again, to taste the creamy peanut butter with the sweet jam? Are those carefree days long gone now that you need more protein and less sugar and starch?
The BariatricPal Store has what you need to make your peanut butter sandwich with more prudent ingredients. They are still just as delicious and easy to use, and offer more variety for your grown-up taste buds. Here’s to brown-bagging it!
Old-Fashioned Recipe with Old-Fashioned Nutritional Stats
Is that good old PB sandwich really that bad? Well, yes. Take a couple of slices of hearty white bread, slather them with oily peanut butter, and top it off with a scoop of jelly, and you are looking at (or, unfortunately, eating) around 500 calories, including enough sugar for a day or more. You can have a tough time losing weight when you eat like that!
Natural Peanut and Nut Butters with Oomph
Regular peanut butter can have artery-clogging hydrogenated oils and added sugars. For some of us, it is also kind of boring. Legendary Foods Nut Butter solves these problems. They are free from added sugars and hydrogenated oils, and you’ll have trouble choosing your favorite flavor! Options include:
- Peanut Butter Cup Nut Butter
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Nut Butter
- Apple Pie Almond and Cashew Nut Butter
- Pecan Pie Almond Nut Butter
- Blueberry Cinnamon Bun
Made with ingredients such as sea salt, real blueberries, cocoa, and cinnamon, and vanilla extract, these butters are great-tasting and high in protein.
Bread Is Back
You do not need to stick to celery as your peanut butter partner even on a low-carb diet. Add protein, fiber, and 2 net grams of carbs per slice to your lunch when you use High-Protein Brown Bread for your sandwich. It is ready to eat and is made with seeds, bran, and whole grains.
Fruity Complements without a Sugar Crash
It may be called a “peanut butter sandwich,” but it seems incomplete without the “J.” The trouble with your “J”am or “J”elly is the sugary price. A 2-tablespoon dollop of jam contains about 24 grams of sugar. One option is to add fresh fruit instead of sugared fruit spread. Blueberries, diced apples, sliced strawberries, and banana slices all add sweetness and fiber.
If you have no sugar or calories to spare, why not opt for Calorie-Free Jam? It comes in the required classic favorite flavors such as Grape, Orange Marmalade, Raspberry, and Strawberry, and you can also try Cranberry, Apple Butter, and Apricot. It is free from calories, carbs, and sugar.
Next time you are packing your lunch and want a nostalgic, but guilt-free, treat, give into your craving for PB and J. Just dial down the calories and carbs, and bump up the protein, fiber, and flavor.