School has started, fall is around the corner, and students across the country are trying to get creative when packing lunches. Let’s not ignore the obvious - PB&J! The first historical mention of peanut butter and jelly was in 1901 in the Boston Cooking-School Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics, and since then, PB&J sandwiches have grown to become a symbol of American childhood. In fact, the average child now consumes about 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before graduating high school. Although peanut butter and jelly is something that most children enjoy, you are never too old to savor the flavor of this delicious combination. Some think of PB&J as a comfort food with little nutritional value, but peanut butter and jelly is more than just delicious, it’s perfectly nutritious too! Peanut butter is a great source of protein, about 8 grams per serving, and is even used to treat malnutrition in developing countries. Jelly does have added sugars, but in moderation it is nothing to worry about. Forget about the notion that peanut butter and jelly is just for kids, and pack PB&J in your next lunch with a unique twist on the original recipe.
Think Beyond the Iconic Sandwich and Try One of These Unique Recipes:
- Make a smoothie with banana, peanut butter, jelly, and milk or yogurt.
- Spread peanut butter and jelly on celery sticks for a yummy snack.
- Swap bread for rice cakes to add a satisfying crunch to your PB&J.
- Top pancakes or waffles with peanut butter and jelly rather than syrup.
- Switch up the typical PB&J sandwich by grilling it and enjoying it warm.
Fun Facts About PB&J
- Theaverage American consumes about three pounds of peanut butter a year.
- Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of having peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were considered a delicacy in the early 1900s.
- Jelly is made from fruit juice, while jam is made from whole fruit crushed up, and preserves are essentially a chunkier version of jam.
- 96% of people spread the peanut butter on first when making a PB&J sandwich.
- Peanut butter and jelly were staple rations for soldiers in World War II. After the war, sales of these ingredients rose due to high demand from returning soldiers.
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