Are you like me, and have a twinge of guilt when you slab on the oily peanut butter and sugary jelly onto slices of bread, day after day, and serve it as lunch to your kids?
Well, I thought up a solution and now I happily serve up the kid-favorite.
The solution: Add Flax.
Being the only plant based carrier of Omega-3 fatty acids, flax is great for your brain. But did you know flax can help your body and well-being in many other ways as well? From Cancer-Fighter to Blues-Eliminator, flax is a superhero for your body. Peanut oil, on the other hand, isn't that great for you.
1. Buy 100% natural peanut butter.
Now, first of all, if you are looking for a healthy peanut butter, steer clear from any “already mixed” types, like Reeses, Jiffy or Skippy. As mentioned in my previous post, it is important to read the ingredients – especially when it comes to peanut butter. Many popular brands are selling peanut-flavored, sugary fats. Get a peanut butter that is 100% natural, like Adams, one that you have to stir in the oil.
2. Pay attention to the volume of peanut oil in the jar. Dump out the peanut oil, which really isn’t that good for you anyway.
3. Replace the peanut oil with flax seed oil to the same volume as the peanut oil.
4. Add a handful or two of flax seed.
5. Stir. Here comes the messy part, as all of us old-fashioned "knife-in-jar" moms know. Did you know that there's an easier, cleaner way? Introducing the peanut mixer - no mess, no fuss.
I have found that using flax instead of peanut oil does not change the taste, or if it does, only slightly. However, if you are sensitive to taste, perhaps start out with switching only half the peanut oil with flax oil. You’ll feel like a smart mom next time you make that peanut butter sandwich for your child.