In case you didn’t know, March is proclaimed National Peanut Month. What better way to start a new month than to celebrate by eating, making, or buying something peanut butter flavored? Not only is it a dreamy, creamy, protein-packed powerhouse in a jar, it has numerous health benefits as well.
--Based on 2 Tbsp serving--
- Calories ---10% (190 calories)---Energy!
- Protein ---13% (8g)---Needed to repair body tissues and develop new ones, to maintain fluid levels and to make antibodies which ward off disease and infection.
- Fiber ---8% (2g)---Fiber reduces the risk of some types of cancer, helps control blood sugar levels and may help reduce the level of cholesterol in your blood.
- Vitamin E ---22% (2mg)---Vital antioxidant which protects Vitamin A and body's cells and tissues from damage. Important for the immune system. May aid in the prevention of tumor growth.
- Niacin ---24% (4mg)---Important in the release of energy from the food we eat and the maintenance of healthy skin, the nervous system and the digestive tract.
- Folate ---7.5% (30mcg)---Important for the development of new cells, particularly during growth and pregnancy.
- Magnesium ---15% (52mg)---Important in the building of bones and teeth, creation of protein, transmission of nerve impulses and maintenance of body temperature.
- Phosphorus ---13% (104mg)---Component of all soft tissues. Fundamental to growth and maintenance of bones and teeth.
The History of Peanut Butter
There are many claims about the origin of peanut butter. Africans ground peanuts into stews as early as the 15th century. The Chinese have crushed peanuts into creamy sauces for centuries. Civil War soldiers dined on 'peanut porridge.' These uses, however, bore little resemblance to peanut butter as it is known today.
In 1890, an unknown St. Louis physician supposedly encouraged the owner of a food products company, George A. Bayle Jr., to process and package ground peanut paste as a nutritious protein substitute for people with poor teeth who couldn't chew meat. The physician apparently had experimented by grinding peanuts in his hand-cranked meat grinder. Bayle mechanized the process and began selling peanut butter out of barrels for about 6¢ per pound.
Peanut Butter As We Know It Today
In 1922, Joseph L. Rosefield began selling a number of brands of peanut butter in California. These peanut butters were churned like butter so they were smoother than the gritty peanut butters of the day. He soon received the first patent for a shelf-stable peanut butter which would stay fresh for up to a year because the oil didn't separate from the peanut butter.
One of the first companies to adopt this new process was Swift & Company for its E.K. Pond peanut butter ~ renamed Peter Pan in 1928. In 1932, Rosefield had a dispute with Peter Pan and began producing peanut butter under the Skippy label the following year. Rosefield created the first crunchy style peanut butter two years later by adding chopped peanuts into creamy peanut butter at the end of the manufacturing process.
In 1955, Procter & Gamble entered the peanut butter business by acquiring W.T. Young Foods in Lexington, Kentucky, makers of Big Top Peanut Butter. They introduced Jif in 1958 and now operate the world's largest peanut butter plant ~ churning out 250,000 jars every day!
And Peanut Butter has recently made even more of mark in the food world..it’s no longer possible to just pick from crunchy or creamy, Skippy or Jiff, check out some of my favorite peanut butters!!
- PB & Co. peanut butters are out of this world—make sure to try the Double Chocolate Dreams, White Chocolate Wonderful, and the Cinnamon Raisin Swirl to name a few!
- PB2 is a peanut butter in powdered form—mix it with water and you get a creamy peanut butter ready for eating. This is perfect for travel since it takes up little space in powder form and only needs water to be mixed.
- FitNutz peanut butter is yet another powdered peanut butter mix—if you haven’t tried the powder, don’t shoot it down right away, it’s highly comparable to the stuff in a jar!
- Justin’s Nut Butter comes in convenient squeeze backs for on-the-go snacking or just to make sure you don’t go overboard with a whole jar! My favorite is definitely the Cinnamon Peanut Butter! =)
Do I already have you craving some peanut butter flavor? How about satisfying it with one of my peanut butter recipes?
What is your all-time favorite recipe containing peanut butter??
And of course I couldn’t start the month of March out without celebrating a bit early. Check out my new PB creation!!
Choco-PB Banana Roll
- 1 box of Angel Food Cake mix
- 1 1.4-oz box of instant sugar-free(or regular if you choose) chocolate pudding mix—half cup reserved for drizzling.
- 1/2 c cold milk—I used Almond Breeze
- 1 large banana
- 1/4 c powdered sugar, for sprinkling
- 2 Tbsp PB2 or 2 Tbsp creamy PB