Almond butter is tasty stuff, especially when combined with the sweet tang of fruit. Though it is a less than perfect protein source (higher in Omega 6, for example), almond butter is far superior to peanut butter in that it is less toxic, allergenic and promotes a lower insulin response when eaten. In moderate doses, I send it down tiny gullets with a clear conscience.
There are three super-simple ways I vary this item on our day home menu:
- Apple slices with a small cup of almond butter for dipping.
- Strawberry slices or blueberries atop a rice cracker spread with a generous smoosh of almond butter. (The cracker is a bit of a nasty, but the wee ladies especially like these with a tea party.)
- A half banana, sliced lengthwise, then filled with a layer of almond butter or cinnamon and chopped nuts.
Not exactly rocket science, but all three are always incredibly popular and fairly quick and easy to prep!
If you are looking for more pack-and-go, check out over 70 lunchbox ideas for preschoolers over at Primal Kitchen. Good stuff!