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National Peanut Butter Day

peanutbutter2n-1-web January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day! The food spread made from roasted peanuts first rose up in popularity in the late 1800s. It is now considered a staple in 90% of American households, and the United States is the leading exporter of this savory and sweet spread.

Though it’s up for debate on who the original creator of peanut butter was, it started gaining popularity in the late 1800s. John Harvey Kellogg, who was a doctor and is also known for creating corn flakes cereal with his brother, patented the “Process of Preparing Nut Meal” in 1895. The holistic doctor fed peanut butter made from boiled peanuts to patients in his sanitarium. A St. Louis snack maker named George Boyle has also been credited with making peanut butter with roasted peanuts as early as 1894. George Washington Carver, who invented many other peanut-related products, is also sometimes credited with its invention. Spreadable peanut butter as we know it today was created in 1923 by the Heinz company after they homogenized peanuts.

Did you know that it takes about 550 peanuts to make a 12 ounce jar of peanut butter? Or how about that the average American consumes over six pounds of peanut butter products every year? Whether it’s paired with it’s jelly counterpart in a sandwich, baked into cookies, or slathered on a stick of celery – we love peanut butter! It’s a good thing too because peanut butter has many proven health benefits. Two teaspoons of peanut butter contain 12.3 grams of unsaturated fat, making it a heart healthy snack. Peanut butter is also high in potassium, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Because of peanut butter’s richness, it can keep you full longer than other snacks, which can help prevent unwanted weight gain. A serving of peanut butter also contains about 4.3 milligrams of niacin, a nutrient that helps keep you sharp and prevents cognitive decline leading to diseases such as Alzheimer’s in older age.

Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day by trying some of these recipes including the popular snack food:

Happy National Peanut Butter Day!

Sources: PunchbowlWikipedia, Babble

 

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National Peanut Day

Peanut three in oneSeptember 13 is National Peanut Day!

National Peanut Day celebrates the peanut, which is actually a legume related to peas, lentils, chickpeas and other beans, not a nut. Peanuts not only make a quick, healthy and tasty snack, but you can enjoy them in a variety of ways, whether on their own, as a recipe addition, or as peanut butter, peanut oil or peanut flour.

Celebrate National Peanut Day by snacking on or cooking with peanuts, enjoying some peanut butter, or cooking with peanut oil and peanut flour. Find recipes that use peanuts in every form by clicking here.

Did You Know…that peanuts are not only high in protein and fiber but contain over 30 essential vitamins and minerals, including the B vitamin niacin, vitamin E, folate and potassium? Find out what other nutrients peanuts are packing along with their health benefits at Whfoods.com.

 

Sources:holidayinsights.com, nationalpeanutboard.org
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National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

April 2 is National PB & J Day!

Today we celebrate a staple of American lunches at school and at the workplace: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Peanut butter was considered a delicacy in the beginning of the 1900s, served toNew York’s elite in only the finest tea rooms in the city. However, by the 1920s, the price of peanut butter had decreased and the spread made its way into the home of the middle class American family.

Celebrate National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day by making one of these recipes that will take your standard PB & J to a whole new level.

Sources: PunchBowl, Wikipedia

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