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DIY, Entertaining, Health & Wellness March 24, 2017

Hurray! It’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

As the saying goes, sometimes it’s the simple things in life that are truly extraordinary. Like peanut butter and jelly: one of America’s favorite all-time sandwiches. We lived on them growing up, and we still love them today. April 2, 2017 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Let’s celebrate with some tempting twists on this sweet, salty and sensational flavor combination.

Tasty texture.
Add some yummy crunch to your lunch with a layer of crushed nuts (such as almonds, pecans or peanuts), seeds, toasted coconut, granola, pretezls or even potato chips to your PB&J.

Bacon: the cure all.
If you agree…everything’s better with bacon, add some sizzling strips (or crushed pieces) of delicousness to your next PB&J.

Spread your wings.
When it comes to peanut butter and jelly, three’s not a crowd. Try creating the ultimate trio by adding a layer of hazelnut spread (Nutella), marshmallow fluff, cream cheese or honey to the mix.

PB&J French toast.
Instead of using mere bread for your French toast, dunk peanut butter and jelly sandwiches into your egg/milk mixture and saute per usual. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy a slice of heaven.

Turn up the heat.
Crisp on the outside and warm, buttery and gooey on the inside, grilled PB&Js hit the spot. Got a waffle iron? A pressed PB&J looks cool and tastes even better.

Change is good.
Give PB&Js a whole new taste sensation by changing up your choice in bread or jam/jelly. Have a sweet tooth? Try a banana bread or pound cake PB&J. Challah, wheat, cinnamon and swirl breads are all tasty choices, too. With so many jellies and jams on store shelves—from grape, strawberry and raspberry, to marmalade, blackberry and blueberry—it’s easy to find your fill of flavor.

So, what’s the best way to eat a PB&J? Send us your recommendations on our Facebook page.

 

Entertaining, Health & Wellness, Recipes February 6, 2017

ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY OATMEAL

Most of us have heard the phrase, “What’s in your wallet?” Today, we want to ask, “What’s in your oatmeal?” Instant oatmeal is one of the fastest and easiest meals to make every day. The bad news? It’s not always the healthiest choice. It can be loaded with sugar, artificial flavors and other not-so-body-friendly ingredients. Homemade meals are typically much healthier because we can control what goes in them. In the spirit of American Heart Month and heart-healthy foods, here are some of our favorite homemade uses of oats.

MIX IT

Mixing steel cut or rolled oats with milk or water for warm oatmeal is super delicious with natural fruit toppings. Add a little cinnamon and honey for a sweeter taste.

BAKE IT

Baking oatmeal cookies at home can be a healthy alternative to purchasing them in-store. Instead of sugar, sweeten the cookie mix with honey, vanilla and cinnamon. You can even throw in some raisins or dark chocolate chips to help satisfy your sweet tooth.

SCRUB IT

Mix ground oats with honey for a natural facial exfoliate. Feel good from the inside out.

Have an oatmeal recipe you want to share? Do so here!