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If you could get your kids to eat more vegetables and a greater variety of vegetables would you? Well, we have read some recent research about how you can do that PLUS pack a powerful protein punch.
It all has to do with peanuts. Kids who dip their veggies in peanut butter are more likely to eat more veggies and eat more than just one veggie. There are more bonuses to including some peanut protein in their (and your) diets.
Research done on peanuts has shown that kids who eat peanuts no less than once a week are less likely to be overweight. According to the US Department of Agriculture peanuts provide 8 grams of protein per serving plus are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
The New England Journal of Medicine says that if you increase your peanut servings to twice a week you may reduce your risk of heart disease by 24% and that people who eat nuts live longer.
We know there are some peanut allergies out there and we don't want you to feel excluded. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) recommends that if you start introducing peanut containing products to babies as young as six-months old they will be less likely to get a peanut allergy as they age. Ask your pediatrician or look up NIAID's studies to determine what's best for you and your family.
So, there you go. Peanuts pack a powerful protein punch! Personally, my favorite peanuts are dipped in dark chocolate. Just saying...
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