Quick Fixes for Peanut Butter

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Hi Missy,

My son will only eat peanut butter bagels for lunch. Is there
anything healthy I can sneak into peanut butter?

Thank you,

Dear Margaret,

You've come to the right place! Here's my list of Quick Fixes for Peanut Butter from my third book, The Sneaky Chef to the Rescue.

Enjoy in good health!


Peanut butter is not only a favorite among most kids (I love it too!), but it’s a pretty good food nutritionally. It is high in “good” fat, but at 9 grams of fat per tablespoon, it can pack on the pounds in kids and adults. That’s why I put this recipe in the “Light” section of the book – the additions below will not only add a good amount of nutrients, but lower the caloric density.

Try to choose peanut butter that doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup or any hydrogenated oil. These days, you can even get low-fat versions. Mix one of the following boosters into 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Stir until well combined (I find it easiest to do this on a plate and mix with the back of a fork) and make your sandwich as usual.

Tip: Let peanut butter soften at room temperature before mixing in the sneaky ingredients below.

· 1 tablespoon White Bean Puree 
· 1 tablespoon Orange Puree 
· 1 tablespoon wheat germ (this is easier to get away with using “crunchy” peanut butter)

Label alert! Even if jar of peanut butter claims “no trans fats,” flip it over and read the ingredients, looking for partially hydrogenated oils. If it’s listed, it’s in there (although in small enough amounts that the label can still say no trans fats), and every little bit adds up.

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