Peanut butter is an important component of the I Can for Kids summer food program. It can be used in a wide variety of recipes, from quick snacks to hearty dinners, and can be quite filling. It is a great source of protein enjoyed by most kids and can be used to increase the nutrient density in a meal or snack.
Last year, over 5,000 jars were distributed to hungry kids across Calgary. To help us reach the same number this year, Rotary Club of Calgary Fish Creek hopes to collect 1,000 jars of peanut butter in just two weeks. Until May 31st, you can drop off a jar (or two) of your favorite peanut butter at any Servus Credit Union or Save On Foods location in Calgary.
Melissa Conniff, registered dietitian with Calgary Family Nutrition and blogger at I Can for Kids, recommends adding peanut butter to oatmeal with bananas, using peanut butter on pancakes or waffles instead of butter, or spreading it on crackers for a snack to increase its nutrient density.
Enjoy these tasty peanut butter snacks
Involving your kids in the creation of delicious, healthy snacks can be a very rewarding experience as well. By cooking with your kids, you can encourage healthy eating habits, foster a sense of accomplishment, and have a lot of fun in the process! Click through our photo gallery to see five easy and delicious peanut butter snack recipes you and your kids will go nuts for!
To learn more about healthy snacking, please visit Alberta Health Services.