With the very long winter finally over, Canadians are more than eager to get outside and maximize their time in the sun. If you’re planning an outdoor activity with friends and family, consider incorporating peanuts into the menu.
Peanuts and peanut products contain essential minerals, important vitamins and “good” fats – monounsaturated and polyunsaturated – that make them an ideal snack for the summer. Peanuts, in-shell or shelled, are extremely portable, economical, and convenient to pack for your next picnic or camping trip. Peanuts can also be easily incorporated into fun and NUTritious recipes that can be enjoyed by the entire family – young and old alike!
Here are some ways you can dress peanuts to fit the occasion.
Camping: Looking for a quick, nutritious snack to bring on your next camping trip? A bag of in-shell peanuts will come in handy for your trip. Nutrient-dense peanuts will give you a protein boost to help fuel you through a hike. The thiamin in peanuts help the body convert carbohydrates into energy and promote good heart and muscle function. Keep the shells in a separate paper bag and use them to help fuel your camp fire.
Picnic: If you’re looking for a twist on classic picnic foods, like a PB&J or peanut butter and banana sandwich, spice things up with a sprinkle of brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger on your traditional peanut butter and banana sandwich. Grill the sandwich ever so slightly in a frying pan, and voila – a mouth-watering grilled peanut butter and spiced banana sandwich! Looking for a fancier option? Try making a Peanut Butter Club Sandwich with bacon, bananas and lemon juice or an Asian Chicken and Veggie Wrap with chicken, colourful sweet peppers and chilli-garlic sauce.
BBQ: It’s time to dust off and fire up your barbecue! There are many ways to incorporate peanuts into your BBQ menus. Consider serving a fresh salad with a Spicy Thai Peanut Dressing, or add a little nutty flavour to your entrée, with a simple and versatile Thai Peanut Marinade. For dessert, the Peanut Butter Cup S’mores recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser!