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Peanut butter is a staple in our home. (We may have four large unopened jars stocked in our pantry since we go through it so quickly.) Because of this, we love finding new healthy ways to use peanut butter. While I LOVE a good PB&J, sometimes you just need a change! And since the average American child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before graduating high school, methinks we should mix it up for them a bit.

PB&J Sushi

>> For a new take on PB&J, roll up this PB&J sushi for your little ones!

Why should we eat peanut butter? Well, here are some facts for ya!

  • Eating just a tablespoon of peanut butter is known to help lower high blood sugar in diabetic patients. (via IB Times)
  • According to Prevention, peanut butter has the enviable combination of fiber (2g per serving) and protein (8g per serving) that fills you up and keeps you feeling full longer, so you eat less overall.
  • For a few other facts on peanut butter’s amazing qualities, Prevention has listed some great reasons why we should get our peanut butter on!
  • For the healthiest possible nut butter, try to pick a brand without any added sugar, salt, or oil (look for varieties where the sole ingredient is peanuts). (via Greatist)

Below are some ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert or snacks, all starring this delicious spread. Enjoy!

Breakfast

Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats

Peanut Butter-Apple Breakfast Quinoa

peanut butter apple quinoa

Photo Credit: Apple A Day

Lunch

Peanut Butter-Banana Spirals

Peanut Butter and Green Apple Toast

Snack

Superseed Peanut Butter Cups

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Chips

peanut butter chips

Photo Credit: Chocolate Covered Katie

Dinner

Sweet Potato-Peanut Bisque

Tempeh and Green Bean Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce

Dessert

Healthy Peanut Butter Bon Bons

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Pops

peanut butter popsicles

Photo Credit: Detoxinista

Would you like to make your own peanut butter? Try Alton Brown’s recipe here. What are your favorite peanut butter recipes? Share in the comments below!