Thursday, February 12, 2009

Things I Love Thursday - Sunbutter

Having a child that is allergic to peanuts presents a variety of challenges. One of these challenges is lunch. Our state requires that kids have a certain amount of protein in their lunch every day. This can come in the form of meat, meat substitute, beans, or of course peanut butter. For a while we made Jonathan a mean sandwich every day, but lets face it that gets tedious really fast. Then I heard about Sunbutter. I went to my local natural foods store and there it was sitting on the shelf. When I found it I'm pretty sure I heard angles singing and the jar actually started to glow a little. This product is fantastic. Its made in a nut free facility and they test each batch just to make sure that there is no nut protein in the product. It has as much protein as peanut butter and is just as easy to spread on bread with jelly. I think it tastes strange because I've had peanut butter but for a kid who has never had peanut butter he'll never know the difference. I haven't yet tried baking with it but they say that it can be used just like peanut butter for cookies and other baking.

There are other sunflower butter products on the market but this is the only one that is totally peanut safe. My son loves it and I have the peace of mind knowing that it is safe for him to eat.

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Erin J said...

That sounds cool! Allergies can be such a pain. What does that mean, "the state requires us to have so much protein" in lunches? How in the world does the government check on lunches that moms make for kids? I could see them regulating school-prepared lunches, I guess.

Anyway, we eat a LOT of cheese for protein around here. Still, I'm glad no one from the state is looking over my shoulder to check my lunches. Whew! I mean of course I try hard to serve healthy lunches but sheesh! And also sometimes the nutrients are spread through the whole day, not everything is in lunch.

Kristin said...

I've heard great things about sunbutter. I've never had it before, though. (I'm personally a big fan of almond butter...that and a little agave nectar on whole wheat toast...yummmm!)

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Kristen said...

What a great find!!

thediaperdiaries said...

This is really a fantastic find. I am going to pass this info on to a friend whose kids have allergies.

janetfaye said...

My sister is allergic to peanuts. I remember that my mother had to check everything that she ate to make sure there were no peanuts. We were not allowed to have Peanut Butter in the house because even the smell of it could make her very sick.

Mom2three said...

I passed this on to a friend whose son has very severe peanut allergies and she is just thrilled! Thanks for posting about this!