A blog post by our health coach, Beth Waisburd.
At Smart Lunches we strive to create diverse, healthy menus that appeal to even the pickiest palate. We know that every luncher has different tastes but we also know that many have serious food allergies that may limit what they can eat. Rest assured, our entire menu is nut-free. So how do we indulge the craving for the classic PB&J sandwich?! Our simple solution is sunflower seed butter, or “sunbutter.” Sunbutter tastes like peanut butter but is made exclusively from sunflower seeds. Haven’t tried it yet? Here are some reasons to spread it on:
- While the incidence of tree nut allergies are increasing, allergies to sunflower seeds are very uncommon. Sunflower seeds are a safe addition to a nut-free diet.
- Sunflower seed butter is completely peanut-free, tree-nut free and gluten free. All of the sunbutter varieties are manufactured in facilities that are peanut and tree-nut free so there is no chance for cross contamination.
- Sunflower seeds are good for you! They are a great source of protein and fiber to provide energy and help us feel satiated. Sunflower seeds also contain zinc and iron to help fight infection and allow our muscles to store oxygen. Sunflower seed butter has 9 grams of fat per serving but 90% are unsaturated, healthy fats. In fact, sunbutter contains less saturated fats than peanut butter and is higher in vitamin E, an important antioxidant.
- With a texture similar to peanut butter and a deep roasted flavor, many lunchers prefer the taste of sunflower seed butter to traditional peanut butter. Like peanut butter, sunflower seed butter comes in many varieties including creamy, crunchy, unsweetened and organic.
- Sunflower seed butter is convenient. It’s quick and easy to spread on a sandwich or slather on celery sticks. It pairs perfectly with your favorite jelly, marmalade or honey.
So if you think the days of packing sticky sandwiches are gone, think again. SB&J is the new PB&J in the lunchbox world. Spread the word and spread it on!