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JENDA9138 SparkPoints: (10,475)
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4/30/11 8:11 P

Healthy and feels a bit sinful!!!

SLASALLE SparkPoints: (165,898)
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4/30/11 5:33 P

PB&J is totally healthy. OK, let's put this in perspective. 300 calories; is that what you said, approximately?

Hmmmmm ... Taco Bell, McDonald's ... french fries, fried shells and double shells.

Have another PBJ!!!! :-)

DESIREECL SparkPoints: (8,526)
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4/30/11 5:28 P

i like to eat pb&j about once a week, but i've made it healthier as well with the whole wheat bread, natural pb and polaner all fruit spread instead of the jellies packed with sugar.
i think that if it's something you enjoy, try to make it as healthy as possible and eat in moderation. i love food and i'm really not willing to give up anything completely so i watch portions carefully and tweak recipes so i don't drive myself batty with deprivation.

KATYAROSE SparkPoints: (16,633)
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4/30/11 1:47 P

It can be healthy. I like to use those whole wheat deli thins with natural peanut butter or almond butter and natural jam or preserves. I'll drink it with a glass of skim milk. Yum.

POLIDURA05 Posts: 17
4/30/11 1:26 P

I also eat pb daily. im not a jelly person but pb and banana is also great sandwhich, i also use smat lite wheat bread only 35 calories a slice! since i use alot of nonfat things i usually eat pb for the fat so i can be on the chart according tp spark people . :)

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
4/30/11 12:46 P

my daily pb&j consists of 1 Tbsp.apple jelly, 1 Tbsp. low sodium Jif pb, and smartwheat bread by Wonder.. I think calling a pb&j sandwich unhealthy is a little obsessive.. people need to eat regular food, and like the way it tastes..it is healthier than a high sodium meat sandwich.. and portable, so I can take it to work..
It may be the perfect meal..lol

KISSFAN1 Posts: 6,256
4/30/11 9:21 A

I eat peanut butter every single day because I love it so much, but I buy the Trader Joe's brand because it has no added sugar/hydrogenated oils. It's just ground up peanuts and salt.

I don't use jelly (I don't eat a lot of sweets, although I eat some). I think it's healthy if you don't go overboard with portions and you have healthy peanut butter.

WADHA1973 Posts: 429
4/30/11 3:59 A

healthy

MUTCHKIN21 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/30/11 3:33 A

They are healthy. I just don't eat it as I skip moderation. I go straight to slathering it on without a care on how much I am using... yummy!

For me, it would be unhealthy til I learn moderation on the PJ sandwhiches. I can eat uncrustables all day long if I could. But haven't had a PJ in 2 years.

MAUILICIOUS SparkPoints: (0)
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4/30/11 12:54 A

can be made healthy - use fresh ground peanut butter from your grocer or health food store put on polymer instead of jelly and use Ezekiel bread

SONI51 Posts: 491
4/30/11 12:34 A

Stop it....I've been craving some Skippy creamy peanut butter.....AAghhhhh!!!!

KELLYDUP Posts: 1,148
4/29/11 9:52 P

I think the keys are always moderation and variety. I love PBJs but I wouldn't think eating them daily a very healthy choice. And of course you want to be mindful of how much jelly and pb you put on it. I don't think any food is either "good" or "bad", it's usually a matter of moderation. emoticon

CRZYQUILTER Posts: 4,664
4/29/11 9:21 P

I lost 25lbs eating a PBJ nearly every day for lunch with some fruit or veggies. I don't care for a lot of jelly on mine so that helps. And make sure you measure your peanut butter.

MARTHA503 SparkPoints: (19,267)
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4/29/11 9:18 P

pb healthy or unhealthy? Depends on how much pb you put between the bread.

PAPASFRICAS00 Posts: 56
4/29/11 7:00 P

Normally I eat just a plain pb sandwich, but if i want 'jelly' on it I'll take a few raspberries or strawberries mash them and put them on in place of jelly. Tastes a lot better and a lot healthier since you're just using plain natural fruit.

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (116,338)
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4/29/11 6:57 P

I have organic peanut butter on toasted whole wheat English muffin, and add a little bit of crab apple jelly made with apples from our tree and a sugar substitute. Nutritious and delicious! emoticon

ANARIE Posts: 12,419
4/29/11 6:41 P

I love PB & J. I use the cheapest peanut butter I can find that's just peanuts and salt (Target and Whole Foods both have store brands for around $2, but you can also often find coupons for "health food store" brands like Maranatha or Santa Cruz and watch for sales to combine them with. I usually get those for around $1.25.) And I use full-sugar jam or jelly. I do make my own because I recently found out that it's easy, but I wouldn't worry about most store brands if I liked them. I've rarely seen any with ingredients other than fruit, sugar, pectin, and maybe ascorbic acid. Since I eat very little refined sugar in other foods and I don't have jam every day, I don't figure it's worth the expense and effort to go for sugar-free.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,668
4/29/11 5:35 P

I think PB&J is a healthy lunch.

I eat them all the time. Mostly just a half a sandwich. A whole one is ok too

AMBADINGE Posts: 255
4/29/11 5:26 P

I say yes to the whole grain bread and natural peanut butter (the one I buy has one ingredient: peanuts). I used to buy an all-fruit spread but they started adding a "funny" ingredient so now I just slice fruit and put it on. My kids love to make faces or designs with their fruit on an open-face PB sandwich.

NIRERIN Posts: 11,873
4/29/11 5:14 P

one of the defining characteristics of fruit is that it's sugary. read the ingredient list on your jam/jelly to see what's in it. if you could buy every ingredient in the store, it's a pretty good bet. the more ingredients you can't purchase in the store, the more you should be looking for a new fruit spread.

as far as calorie dense goes, well, we eat food to get energy and calories are energy. good for you does not mean lowest calorie you can find [admittedly veggies are pretty good for you and low cal]. nuts are supposed to have fat in them and higher cals. they aren't some poor potato that has been doused in oil.
when you look at a food, you not only need to look at calories, but at how filling it is. if one pbj for lunch keeps you well to dinnertime, it's a great use of calories. if you can eat eight of them in a sitting, it's time to find something that fills you up for less food and calories. 300 cals for a meal isn't at all unreasonable, especially if the meal fills you.

MERIANDLAUREN SparkPoints: (3,421)
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4/29/11 4:36 P

I think a half a peanut butter sandwich and some sliced bananas on top is the perfect treat that won't completely throw you off track (I usually leave off the jelly because it's hard to find natural ones with little sugar!)

SEATOWN_GAL Posts: 1,004
4/29/11 4:24 P

I love pbj's. As for the jam - I use my own. I use 1/4 of the sugar that the recipe calls for, but you can't even tell as the fruit is so ripe when it's picked. Add that to whole wheat high fiber bread and some Costco organic natural PB and yum!

AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,410)
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4/29/11 1:43 P

I don't consider it unhealthy, I eat a PB sandwich on whole grain every day as my afternoon snack.

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PRINCIPESSA2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/29/11 1:43 P

Let's break it down, shall we?

pb---great source of protein and healthy fats. And brownie points for it being natural.

grape jelly---delicious and probably some added sugar, but without it, it would be bland.

Ezekiel bread---nothing wrong here.

So the final score is 2 out of 3 which, as the saying goes, "ain't bad" :)

HEYBUTT Posts: 769
4/29/11 1:38 P

If you're worried about sugar, use a "natural" jelly that has no extra sugar added (I use the "Simply Fruit" ones). And to trim calories, really watch the amount of peanut butter you use. 1 tbsp of pb is about 100 calories. I noticed that I don't feel deprived it I only use one tbsp/sandwich.

But if you really want to keep it lower calorie, go for a half sandwich (1 slice of 100 calorie bread) or use those sandwich thins (I despise them though, the texture is awful!).

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 1,917
4/29/11 1:18 P

I think it depends on how it's made. If you carefully measure your peanut butter (so easy to eat too much), watch what you put it on (whole wheat bread, sandwich thin, bagel thin, etc.) and choose a lower cal jelly (I usually leave off the jelly), I think it's healthy.
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AEROGERS129 SparkPoints: (21,526)
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4/29/11 12:59 P

Ezekiel bread is the best! It's definitely a sugary treat, but not one that's terrible for you.

I try to use either Ezekiel or whole grain bread (the Ezekiel Cinn. Raisin one is great for PB&J!) and a low-sugar jam. Making freezer jam isn't too difficult if you have the time! You can always make one with stevia or truvia to cut back on the calories but still have something sweet and filling!

I've been using a lot of almond butter lately. It doesn't taste as sugary as PB and I love that it's a little healthier for you but still a great source of protein! Even though it's a little more of an investment (usually $6/jar instead of $2 PB), I'm not sure I'll be going back to PB for my sandwiches!

IBHLKING Posts: 1,341
4/29/11 12:21 P

I eat it every once in a while. I use sugar-free jams and limit the peanut butter to 1/2 of a serving (1 Tbs). I also use a light flat-out wrap (tastes better than it sounds) to cut back the calories. Those savings allow me to add a piece of fruit to the 'meal' and still be under 300 cals for lunch, which is my goal.

NANCYANNE1956 Posts: 492
4/29/11 11:55 A

I love PB&J, it's my favorite thing to have for breakfast. As a kid I at PB&J daily, I was a skinny kid, but more active and burned off the calories.

Like you, I have it on 1 slice of whole wheat toast, natural PB and sugar-free fruit spread.

WILLDOIT70 Posts: 421
4/29/11 11:51 A

I eat PB & J as do my children quite frequently. I use 100% whole wheat bread, skippy natural (still does have added sugar) and the reduced sugar Smuckers Preserves ( I choose the reduced sugar because it does not have artificial sweetners). The biggest issue I have is the fact that it can be very high in calories (2 pieces of bread and 2 tbls PB). Usually I choose 1/2 of a sandwhich and fruit on the side. Overall I don't think it's unhealthy at all. If you would like to get more fruit opt for sliced apples instead of the jam/jelly. Also adds a nice crunch!

FREGGIEQUEEN SparkPoints: (22,625)
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4/29/11 11:20 A

I'm pretty sure preserves have the most fruit . . . I prefer the texture of jam (so spreadable). Regardless, I doubt any of them would be considered very healthy due to the sugar and probably minimal fruit content, but I may be wrong . . .

JWAKJA SparkPoints: (13,041)
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4/29/11 11:14 A

Can be healthy with fruit "jelly"

CHOCOCOYOTE SparkPoints: (0)
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4/29/11 10:50 A

You've got fruit, nuts, protien, and if it's whole wheat, grains. It's a very healthy lunch, in and of itself.

Food's an interesting thing. NOTHING is unhealthy, it's how we eat it (how much of it, really) that makes it unhealthy.

And it's those very tweeks you made (whole wheat bread isntead of white, natural pb instead of jif, etc) that make what was more unhealthy, into something far more healthy.

I don't remember "jam/jelly/preserve" but you do want to find the one with the highest actual fruit content. wish i remembered which that is. :-)


Edited by: CHOCOCOYOTE at: 4/29/2011 (10:51)
FREGGIEQUEEN SparkPoints: (22,625)
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4/29/11 10:41 A

I made myself a PB&J today for the first time in forever (natural PB and grape jam on Ezekiel bread). Mentally estimating the calories, my sandwich is probably close to 300. It surprised me that this is kind of a staple of childhood lunches, and usually with more PB&J than I put on, and on white bread. It seems a little calorie dense and sugary! Am I wrong in thinking that?

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