Sometimes it can seem hard to put wholesome, great-tasting food on your family’s plates. Planning meals and snacks around simple, tasty ingredients can make it a lot easier on you — and a lot better for them.
When grocery shopping, think simple, colorful and natural.
Simple ingredients often mean delicious.
Add Color to the Menu - Incorporating colorful fruits and vegetables not only adds great flavor, but plenty of good nutrition, too.
Naturally Healthy - Whole foods bring a lot of nutrition to the table. Whole grains are an easy way to get everyone to eat a little better. “Multi-Grain” isn’t the same as “whole grain,” so make sure the label lists whole grains first in the ingredients list.
A peanut butter and jelly sandwich using Welch’s Natural Fruit Spreads, natural peanut butter and 2 slices of whole wheat bread is less than $1.00 a sandwich. These spreads are all natural, with no high fructose corn syrup and no artifi cial colors or fl avors. Add a glass of low-fat milk and a piece of fruit, and this is a protein-packed and budget-friendly snack. For a twist on this classic meal, try this recipe for PB&J Parfaits.
• 1/2 cup Welch’s Natural Grape or Strawberry Spread
• 1 1/4 cups nonfat vanilla yogurt
• 1/2 cup natural chunky or creamy peanut butter
• 1 cup crunchy granola cereal
• 1 medium banana, sliced
• 1 cup sliced strawberries
Microwave jelly in a microwave-safe bowl at high 30 seconds or until melted. Drizzle 1 tablespoon down sides of each parfait glass; set aside.
Combine yogurt with peanut butter in medium bowl. Spoon 1/2 of peanut butter mixture into each parfait glass. Top each with 2 tablespoons cereal, then 1/2 of the fruit; repeat. Drizzle with remaining jelly. Garnish, if desired, with mint leaves.
Recipe provided by Family Features and Welch’s Foods, Inc. You can find more delicious family-friendly recipes for any meal at www.welchs.com/pbjrecipes. For more information about Welch’s new Natural Spreads, visit www.welchs.com/products/natural-spreads. Photo courtesy of Getty Images