We're so blessed to not have allergies in this household. I mean, I rock a good hive if I get penicillin and I'm a red-nosed mess in the fall from ragweed, but we have evaded true allergies like shellfish, dairy and peanut butter. Some of our daughter's friends are not so lucky. And I know some of you aren't either.
So we make adjustments. Although her school is one of the few I know of that isn't peanut-free, whenever she wants to sit next to her friend Milan, I pack something that doesn't have peanuts. But if you take PB&J out of the mix, finding sandwiches that require no refrigeration become challenging.
I was introduced to sunflower seed butter from a friend whose daughter is allergic to pretty much everything. I was skeptical at first, since I really didn't think you could translate the seeds I munch on at Red Sox games into a nice sandwich spread.
One spoonful and I was hooked. The flavor was so unique, toasty and nutty. I couldn't stop snacking on it. Soon it became two spoonfuls. Then three. Then I needed an intervention. Don't judge.
Since my daughter's friend at school is a lunch-time consideration, I went on the hunt to find our own. I discovered Sunbutter Sunflower Seed Spread. Made from specially roasted sunflower seeds, it?s completely peanut-free, tree-nut free and gluten-free.
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The Natural Omega 3 is my favorite. It has whole roasted sesame seeds actually in it for a snap crackle pop crunch, and a single serving provides 461 mg of omega-3. Other Sunbutter spreads come in the new Natural No-Stir Creamy, Creamy, and Natural Crunch. Also on the über-healthy side, the Organic Unsweetened is for those who like a truly natural taste. It's made from organic sunflower seeds. That's it. No oil, no salt. There's one ingredient on the ingredient list.
And since not all lunches are sitting down at a table, I love their On-The-Go Snack Pack. These are great for popping into your bag for car trips, hiking and camping, since you rarely want to carry around an entire jar and the squish factor on a sandwich is too high for my taste. The convenient 1.5 ounce cups are also handy as a quick, healthy snack for dipping apple slices or vegetable sticks.
Milan, enjoy lunch with my daughter. And don't worry. Here comes the Sunbutter, little darlin'. Here comes the Sunbutter. It's all right.
Sunbutter Sunflower Seed Butter is available at grocery stores and amazon.com.
Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive samples for review purposes.