Eating Well

Good for Every Body

Families

Peanuts and peanut products are a family-friendly food. First, peanuts and peanut products are superbly healthy. It is packed with tons of good-for-you nutrients like protein, fiber, the good fats, vitamins, and minerals. Peanuts and peanut products are also packed with energy, helping you and your kids get through the school and work week. These energy- and nutrient-dense qualities in peanuts help give your family a sense of “satiety,” (a feeling of satisfaction) throughout the day so you and your kids won’t reach for that unhealthy snack after school or work.

Second, peanuts and peanut products are affordable. Groceries are expensive and families have major investments to save for like college and retirement. Roasted, boiled, or used as a spread, peanuts are one of the most healthy and affordable foods in the market. Did you know that you there are just as much or even more protein per dollar in peanuts and peanut products than even in some meat?

Third, peanuts are versatile. Roasted peanuts can be used as toppings on salads, pasta dishes, and desserts. Boiled peanuts can be made into a soup, sauce, or enjoyed as a snack. Peanut skins can even be made into a delicious and aromatic tea to help you wind down the day. Peanut flour and peanut oil can be used everyday in countless ways. Oh, did we also mention that peanut flour and peanuts are gluten-free? (But remember to check the labeling for processing).

Fourth, peanuts and peanut products taste great. The all-American peanut butter sandwich is still a favorite sandwich. They are easy to make and easy to eat. Kids, adults, and older adults still enjoy a peanut butter sandwich everyday –on the go or at the table. Peanut butter as a dip for fruits and veggies is also a delicious a way to get your daily amount of fruits and veggies.

Fifth, peanuts and peanut products are [sustainable] and available year-round. A jar of peanut butter can be kept in the pantry for up to 6 months. It can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a year, or even longer in the freezer. A roasted bag of peanuts can be kept in the refrigerator year round.

Eating Well Families