Kids Favorites Made Healthy: PB + J – Re-Play

Brynnie is a big fan of her peanut butter and jam sandwiches, and when I make them with just whole grain bread she will still eat them happily. However, I love to make food fun for her while also convincing her to try new things and/or making healthy substitutions. So I've got a way to make PB + J feel fun and new.

If you don't have time to make nut butter and jam from scratch, that is OK! Just make sure you are making healthy choices for you and your family by choosing store bought brands wisely. The best way to avoid additives in foods is to make what you can from scratch, but that isn't always realistic for busy families. 

Traditional peanut butter (think Skippy or Jif) is higher in sugar than other nut butters, and contains hydrogenated oils. You'll likely want to opt for almond or other nut/seed butters, or natural peanut butter, if you want to make a healthy substitution there. As for jam, the best way to buy it is straight from the farmer's market! Many lovely ladies sell their preserves there. But if the grocery store is your only option, you'll want to compare one thing - SUGAR. Pick the jam with the lowest amount of sugar per serving. Compare that one to your "usual" brand for a fun shock, if you want! 

Below are a few of my favorite healthy/from scratch recipes to make nut butter and jelly at home:

Homemade Almond Butter, from Sally's Baking Addiction

Fancy + Delicious Nut Butters, compiled by The Huffington Post

Raw, Vegan, Sugar Free Raspberry Jam, from Healthy Blender Recipes

Strawberry Jam, from Craftsy

 

What You Need

1 cup of your favorite fresh berries (or your jam of choice)

Your favorite nut butter (almond, organic peanut, etc.)

Tortillas (you can sometimes find whole grain ones)

Directions

  1. Place tortilla on a plate and spread preferred nut butter generously over all of it with a knife or silicone spatula.
  2. Place berries into a bowl and hand mash with a fork until well mashed. Add honey or maple syrup if it is too tart. Spread over tortilla like you did in step 1.
  3. Roll the tortilla up tightly, beginning from the edge, until it is like a cylinder. Wrap in saran wrap and place in the fridge for about an hour.
  4. Remove from fridge. Cut into pieces and serve!

I put way too much PB + J in my roll ups. It's a bit of a learning process, but they're gooey and YUMMY, even if they aren't the prettiest.

~ Misty Blue of the Us & Him Blog

 

Comments

gerry:

thanks for the tip Misty, I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches so I am going to try the roll up it looks so good. I am so glad you are feeding your little girl healthy, I know it is hard to always find something that they like that is good for them and thank you for helping other young mothers.

May 09, 2015

Klaus Becker:

Hello Lisa: I’m sorry you’re having a bad day!
Helllo Misty, thanks for taking the time to write this. I thought it was pure genius, something that simple and something I would never think about made into fun and pleasure for the kids and even for me. I loved it so much I tried it and had fun!

May 06, 2015

Kai:

While using nut butters wasn’t much of a surprise, I really like the idea of mashing fruit. I know when I make jam or conserve, its healthier than store bought stuff but never clicked of just mashing the berries.

Lisa an idea with the banana is, use a toothpick or skewer and poke holes into the banana skin and move it side to side to slice the banana before its peeled. Mixes it up for kids. Sorry that it isnt ground breaking but since people have been raising children and have had to try mixing things up a little since the dawn of time there probably isnt going to be much ground breaking things you can try. But feel free to find a ground breaking way of giving your child cheese and crackers and get back to us.

May 06, 2015

Cathy Tutton:

I think it’s very rude to comment this way, totally not necessary. Very immature too. Some people don’t think to change the bread or to use healthier nut butters and other ingredients which is why I love your article Misty and you should continue with posting other great alternatives, ideas and healthier ways to prepare foods in a fun yummy way for your kids and adults too.

May 06, 2015

Colby Durland:

First and foremost…. Great article. The photo makes me want to eat that roll up. Second… I never thought of mashing fruit and adding honey… Amazing yet so simple… Thanks. You know your innovative take on a plain old peanut butter and jam sandwich honestly makes me want to see what you can do with crackers and cheese and even a banana. We cant all think of every little twist to things. Sometimes it is refreshing to change it up. Thanks for changing it up. I look forward to reading more creative recipes and ideas from you.

May 06, 2015

Allyson:

Misty, ignore people’s negative comments. You cannot help that there are miserable individuals with nothing better to do with their time than to put other people down. I myself am not that creative when it comes to food and would just use regular bread. Thanks for the tip!

May 06, 2015

Misty Blue:

Hey Lisa, I’m so sorry you feel that way! The entire goal of this series is to help moms make their kids favourite foods just a LITTLE bit healthier, so the child can still enjoy them, and mom can have some peace of mind about what her child is eating. The tips here may feel self explanatory to you, but for others they may not be. Making slight changes to foods also makes them more fun to eat for kids (like a roll up instead of a sandwich). There’s some great recipes in this series that I worked really hard on, and I hope they will be helpful for moms out there!

May 06, 2015

Joann Pearsall:

Hey Lisa thats a pretty rude comment. Why say anything if all you are going to be is cruel. I think young Moms can use all the help they can get. We all know it is not rocket science to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. However She has some creative ideas that she has offered here. I give respect to Mom’s who are willing to go the extra mile to feed their kids well. This article was fun and informative. This Mom cares what her child eats and cares what plates she feeds her baby her food on… And is willing to share that with other Moms and you stomp on her !!!! Shame on you for being cruel to this young woman. You should be ashamed of yourself. As women we should support each other not throw stones. Great article…. Informative and fun. Keep writing and sharing.

May 06, 2015

Lisa:

Groundbreaking! Tell us how to make cheese and crackers next! Or how to peel a banana!

May 05, 2015

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