Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sunbutter Sandwiches

I'm always on the lookout for new ways to get nutritious food into my kids, and this week its been Sunbutter sandwiches! I discovered it when dropping my son off at daycare and seeing that another parent had jotted down a note that their child had a "sunbutter" sandwich in their lunch and that it was allergen-free. Since so many kids are allergic to nuts, peanut butter is a no-no at many schools. 

I got to Googling, and there it was: sunflower seed butter! It was pricey at $6 for a jar about the size of a jar of peanut butter but I was so curious that I bought it anyway. Visions of my children happily eating something new (and finally be able to make pb&j...or sb&j, rather....sandwiches again was a blessed relief).

The verdict: I love it! My older son loves it. And thinks its hilarious for some reason. The baby is skeptical and hasn't tried it yet. But, sunbutter and banana sandwiches have become my go-to pre-Insanity workout snack.
Sunbutter is actually a brand name product, but you can find other sunflower seed butters online. The only downside to Sunbutter is that there is added sugar. I bought it because I was too impatient to order anything, but I have ordered some organic sunflower seed butter that doesn't have added sugar and will let you know what I think when it comes in!

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, a fat-soluble antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects that result in the reduction of symptoms in asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. They are also rich in magnesium and selenium. 

Have you tried sunflower seed butter? Do you recommend any particular brands? Share your experiences and recipes in a comment!

Get out there and get healthy today...with a sunbutter sandwich and an Insanity workout. :)

1 comment:

Elizabeth, blogging for SunButter said...

Hi Heather,
YUM! Of course I love this post since I blog for SunButter, and I'm thrilled it fits your son's eating! As a fellow workout girl and mom, I appreciate your perspective and have been enjoying your other posts. Let us know what you think of the organic variety? Looking forward to following.