March is National Nutrition Month® with the theme of “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” This is a very powerful message because it doesn’t leave much room for excuses. The message is: no matter your schedule, eating habits, or family traditions, you can eat healthy meals and snacks the way you enjoy eating them each and every day. Whether you’re a student running to class, a professional always on the go or a stay-at home-parent, you can make wise decisions regarding your nutrition. All it takes is a little planning to create the best meal plan.
Sherry, MS, RD, LD
As a kid at the mercy of my parents’ menus, I envied that Jerry Seinfeld could eat cereal with reckless abandon—any time of day and (gasp!) even order it from a restaurant. These days I’ve come to appreciate cereal’s versatility even more.
- Not only is a bowl with milk super easy, it can also provide whole grains, calcium and other important nutrients.
- Change up the ingredients and try another whole-grain, like quinoa or bulgur, as a base. Read More »
It seems as if there is a food appreciation holiday for almost everything each month. But this month we found two foods that are especially worthy of a celebration: noodles and sauces.
In addition to National Peanut Month, March just so happens to also be National Noodle Month and National Sauce Month, which are a perfect match for Asian dishes with savory peanut sauces and crunchy peanut toppings.
Here are a few of our favorite peanut noodle recipes.
While we’ve celebrated National Peanut Butter Lovers Day, we hope you’re excited to know that the whole month of March is dedicated to America’s favorite legume. Whether you like to enjoy peanuts fresh out of the shell; plain, sweet or spicy; boiled or roasted, we all can agree that they are a yummy and convenient snack.
With seven grams of protein in just a one-ounce serving, peanuts have more protein than any nut.
Check out more fun stats and nutritional facts for National Peanut Month in this infographic: Read More »
It’s yet another favorite peanut “holiday” where you can enjoy peanut butter anytime around the clock! For National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, there are a variety of ways to enjoy peanut butter whether it’s just a spoonful of peanut butter or a quick fix with your breakfast. How about a scrumptious dessert or a savory sauce? You can never go wrong with peanut butter!
Here are delicious peanut butter recipes to enjoy on this nutty day!
Banana Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie from Mother Thyme.
Peanut Noodle Salad Recipe from MyRecipes.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bundt Cake from No Empty Chairs.
To find out more fun facts about peanut butter and irresistible peanut butter recipes, click here.
Sherry, MS, RD, LD
Okay, so I made up that word. But it’s true: adding peanuts to a variety of different recipes can add a wonderful and unexpected crunch or texture to a dish. Why do we love the sensation of crunch so much? Biting into something crunchy delivers a feeling of satisfaction and fun, and the best something is of course, peanuts. This is good news because peanuts can be incorporated into any type of sweet or savory dish to create a new texture to the meal.
It’s Girl Scout Cookie season and that means girls across America are going door to door asking for you to order cookies. I was a Girl Scout until about age 12 and cookie season was always my favorite time of the year.
I recently chatted with the Melissa Brandon, Director, Product Sales at Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta about the history behind the tradition and their irresistible peanut butter cookies.
Girl Scout Cookie Program began as a project for mothers and daughters to get together and bake shortbread cookies, wrap them in wax paper and sell them to their neighbors.
Girl Scouts of USA currently produces two varieties of cookies with peanut butter under its two bakeries: ABC Bakers and the Little Brownie Bakers. An interesting fact I discovered in discussion with the Girls Scouts is that where you live and what bakery bakes your cookies determines the names and types of treats you can order. For instance if you live in Georgia, like I do, we are used to having Tagalongs and Do-si-Dos. But other states have different names for those cookies.
Last year 207 million boxes were sold nationwide and ¼ of the cookies sold were peanut butter varieties. Did you know? To bake Do-si-dos and Tagalongs, they use about 230,000 pounds of peanut butter a week during baking times. Tagalongs and Do-si-dos are one of the oldest of the original varieties; they have been around since the 1970s.
“Our customers love the peanut butter cookies. Tagalongs and Do-si-dos are among are most popular cookies,” said Brandon.
What’s your favorite Girl Scout Cookie? Have you ever tried making your own at home? Check out our blog post from last year on recipes that involve Girl Scout Cookies. Our locate the nearest Girl Scout to you by visiting http://cookielocator.littlebrownie.com/
Matt and Ted Lee got their claim to fame after they moved from their hometown of Charleston, S.C. up north for college and started their own mail order catalogue for boiled peanuts and other southern staples.
Their new cookbook features an array of stories about how southern food and growing up in Charleston has shaped their culinary minds.
The Lee Brothers were kind enough to give us one copy of their new book to giveaway. Please comment below telling us your favorite your favorite southern food with peanuts (i.e. peanuts, peanut brittle, boiled peanuts, peanut butter pie). A winner will be selected on March 5, 2013. Read More »
Sometimes the best snacks are the ones we put together spur-of-the-moment with foods we have in the pantry. This was the case for me recently when I was hungry for an afternoon pick-me-up and needed something fast to grab and go out the door.
Seeing a jar of lightly-salted peanuts, a jar of honey-roasted peanuts and some dried cranberries, I mixed them all together in equal parts in a bowl. Presto! I created a snack I now keep on a table round-the-clock for the times I feel a twinge of hunger and want something that satisfies while I’m on the go. And if you have a clear bowl to hold the peanuts and cranberries, you have a pretty display, too.
I love the sweet and savory flavor of this snack and I find it’s hard to stop eating after just one handful. Not only is it tasty, but it is good for us, too. Both the lightly-salted and honey-roasted peanuts have the American Heart Association’s Heart Check logo, meaning they are certified as heart-healthy.
Peanuts are a great pick-me-up snack. Just a handful of peanuts, or one serving, contains 7 ounces of protein (more than any nut) and 30 essential vitamins and minerals. You might say peanuts are a super snack!
When it comes to breakfast, I’m a creature of habit. Bran flakes cereal with milk and a piece of fruit is my auto-pilot morning meal during the work week. I like to think that’s healthy enough but the weather is still cold in Atlanta and it’s worth celebrating National Hot Breakfast Month with a more comforting morning meal before chilly mornings are a distant memory.