Monday, December 15, 2008
I Heart Peanut Butter
I do love peanut butter. I think when I was pregnant with each of my kids, I ate peanut butter toast for breakfast every single day. Nowadays it's peanut butter on a Trader Joe's whole wheat British muffin. De-lish! As much as I love peanut butter, I have to say I don't really have a favorite brand (altough the organic all-natural Harris Teeter brand ranks up there), as long as it's all-natural.
Why do I love about peanut butter? Oh, let me count the reasons. It's rich and creamy, and oh-so-satisfying. It reminds me of my childhood, where me (and my mom) would just eat it by the spoonful straight from the jar. There's something so appealing about it's sweet nuttiness that makes it almost like dessert. What's not to love? So when I received samples of Earth Balance natural peanut butter you better believe my son and I tore into the jar faster than you can say "peanuttier"! What first struck me is that this peanut butter is ever-so-slightly more sweet than what I'm used to. That I attributed to the fact that it contains agave nectar. I do love agave, as it sweetens gently and is low on the glycemic index, so it's much better than sugar. Then, I was overtaken with the desire to combine this treat with chocolate chips (Trader Joe's brand, my fave). Mmmmm... is all I can say. This is a natural pairing, and for those of you who love peanut butter and chocolate, I think Reese's has met its match!
What I also love about Earth Balance natural peanut butter is that it contains flaxseed oil, and adds a healthy dose of Omege-3's to your peanut butter fix. It's all natural, but like other brands, does not need refrigeration. Eating natural peanut butter at my mom's house drives me crazy because she never mixes it up enough and when you get to the bottom of the jar, it's just a hard, chunky mess. I'm goin to make sure she gets some of this so it'll be smooth 'til the last drop (this'll make a great stocking stuffer!)
Find Earth Balance natural peanut butter at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Earth Fare and other natural grocery stores.