My son loves peanut butter. He calls it "peanut button." I have no idea how it became a peanut button to him but nevertheless, it is one food that he couldn't seem to get enough of. He eats peanut butter sandwich, crackers dipped in peanut butter or gets a spoonful of peanut butter, sit in one corner and devour it.
A tablespoon of peanut butter has about 90 calories, 9 g fat - 80% of the fat are mono and poly-unsaturated, 4g protein and 1 g fiber. Limit yourselves to two tablespoons of peanut butter as a general guideline.
Peanut butter is a healthy snack for toddlers just as long as they are not allergic to peanuts. It is rich in protein and fiber; and a great source of iron, zince, folate, vitamin B6 and riboflavin. The protein in peanut butter provides the energy and the fiber helps regulate one's bowel movement. It is also because of fiber that they feel "full" after eating.
A FUN SNACK
Try adding bananas on your kid's peanut butter sandwich for added nutrition. Bananas are rich in potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and magnesium. It is also a good source of riboflavin, folate, niacine, thiamin, iron, vitamin A and phosporus.
For another healthy snack, use peanut butter as a dip. Arrange bite size portion of crackers, apples, bananas or baby carrots on a plate and serve it with a juice or water.