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Thursday, October 16, 2008

To Ease Your Mind...

Your kids have just asked you for like the 5th night in a row if they can have a PB&J sandwich for dinner.   You've already given in the previous four nights and now your mind riddles because tonight you have this ridiculous notion that you will be serving some sort of fresh fish with lemon, an assortment of steamed veggies, and maybe some long-grain rice (even though you have NONE of these things in your fridge).  You struggle with your typical feelings of dinner preparation inadequacy but oh, you are sooooo tempted to give in just one more time to that PB&J request. 

So here are some facts to help you in your decision:

Consider the nutritional value of a PB & J made up of two slices of  Roman Meal wheat bread, two tablespoons of Jif peanut butter and two tablespoons of Knott's Berry Farm Strawberry jelly.

Calories: 430
Fat: 18g
Calories from Fat: 150
Sodium: 430mg
Carbs: 59g
Protein: 13g
Fiber: 4g

Based on the Recommended Daily Intakes for kids 4 and up (for all the details see here),
this means that one PB & J satisfies approximately 27% of a day's fat,  23% of a day's sodium, 24% of a day's carbs, 16% of a day's protein, and 13% of a day's fiber.  

Take into consideration that your kids also had PB & Js for breakfast and lunch making an entire day of PB & Js coming pretty darn close to fulfilling the Recommended Daily Intakes AND add in the fact that a typical American kid will consume approximately 1500 PB&Js by the time they graduate high school, and all of sudden, that 5th dinner comprised solely of a PB&J doesn't sound so bad.  It sounds like the right darn thing to do.

So...go ahead.  

Serve it up.

1 comment:

  1. I can relate all to well. our fave is pb&j, applesauce, and raisens. mmmmmmmm. :)


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