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Pack: A Better Nut Butter Sandwich

Pack: A Better Nut Butter Sandwich

For a healthier take on the classic kids’ sandwich, turn PB&J into AB&B — an almond butter and banana sandwich. Swap processed ingredients for these whole-food sources of calcium, iron, vitamins C and A, folic acid and B vitamins:

  • Almond Butter: One tablespoon of almond butter boasts a similar portion of protein as peanut butter, but provides monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, or “good,” fats. And almond butter has eight times the bone-building calcium (kids need at least 1,000mg per day) as peanut butter — without the added sugar. 
  • Sliced Banana: Add natural sweetness with one extra small sliced banana, which has more than 26 times the potassium of jam.
  • 100 percent whole grain bread: Two slices of 100-percent whole grain bread, minimally processed to avoid nutrient-stripped ingredients, provide filling fiber and B vitamins.
By Elizabeth Carey. Published October 1, 2012. Elizabeth Carey is a Denver, CO-based writer and editor. She fuses a passion for journalism with health, fitness and outdoor activity.