Portable Peanut Butter

JifAs the demand for preportioned products continues to rise, Jif has jumped on board with a reduced-fat, on-the-go peanut butter product.  With all of the positive health qualities I adore about peanut butter, Jif To Go is perfect for stashing in my office for a mid-afternoon snack attack. However, each little cup contains 2 servings of peanut butter (4 Tablespoons) which totals around 380 calories–way more than I need for a snack–so I try to stretch it into at least 2, usually 3 servings. Smeared on a slice of high-fiber bread or on an apple, this snack is satisfying and gives me that extra boost of protein to keep me feeling full until dinner.

The peanut butter cups come in a package of six, 2.5-ounce cups that, depending on the retailer, costs between $1.99 and $4.00.

For moms on-the-go, this is an easy, healthy snack to throw into a purse with some celery or apple slices for a family trip to the park or a little league game. For the avid backpacker, hiker, or biker, stash it in a backpack for a protein-rich snack that is lightweight and won't bulk up your pack or weigh you down.

I could probably live off of peanut butter, banana, and soft white bread sandwiches for the rest of my life, but here are a few other favorite recipes that use peanut butter: 

Chocolate and Peanut Butter S'mores

Spicy Soba Noodles with Chicken in Peanut Sauce

Peanut Butter Pie

Shrimp Pad Thai

Asian Peanut Dip

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Brownies

What are some of your favorite uses for peanut butter? Do you prefer the traditional or all-natural?

COMMENTS

  1. brandi

    I LOVE crunchy peanut butter! Some of my favorite ways to use it are:
    on oatmeal
    in wraps with fruit
    making peanut sauces
    on a spoon with some chocolate chips :)
    in yogurt
    in smoothies!

    August 26, 2009 at 12:25 pm
  2. Holley

    Brandi,
    “Peanut butter spoons” sprinkled with chocolate chips is an absolute favorite of mine too!

    August 26, 2009 at 1:53 pm
  3. Carrie

    Traditional all the way!
    I love it on hot bagels (so that it starts to melt a little bit) and also on Oreos. (Parent Trap movie, anyone?)

    August 27, 2009 at 2:33 pm

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