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Mmmmm….. butter. There’s something about the taste of butter that makes so many foods taste even better. As a Registered Dietitian, I choose avoid margarines or spreads that contain partially hydrogenated oils. Instead, I opt for all natural fats for cooking and baking such as butter, olive oil, or coconut oil. And when it comes to butter, taste matters. Did you know that Cabot Salted Butter took first place at 2003 U.S. Cheese Championships with a score of 99.75 out of 100? In fact, Cabot has won every major award for taste, including the Kid Kritics Approved seal!
I like Cabot Salted Butter is made with just 2 simple ingredients – pure sweet cream and a pinch of salt. No artificial ingredients or flavor enhancers and especially no partially hydrogenated oils. Plus, Cabot Creamery is a dairy farmer-owned co-operative of small farms in upstate New York & New England. As a co-op, they are 100% owned and operated by the farm families themselves with all of the profits returned to the farm owners. That also means the farmers have a personal commitment to the safety, health, and happiness of their cattle and providing the best quality milk for all of Cabot's dairy products. Even their largest farms are family operations with several generations working on the farm. Want to see it for yourself? You can take virtual farm tours through the Cabot website. ("farm tour.")
With the holidays upon us, I’m sure you can think of lots of ways to use butter, from steamed veggies to baked goods, even basting a turkey. We have some great recipe ideas on the Kid Kritics Approved website. Baked goods such as No Bake Nut & Honey Chocolate Cookies, Black Bean Chocolate Fudge Brownies, or Butternut Banana Mini Muffins. Or try fruit based recipes like Pear Crisp, Wild Blueberry Crisp, or Cool Blueberry Pie. Cabot Butter is wonderful in veggie dishes – Garlic Mashed Cauliflower Potatoes, Roasted Acorn Squash, Sweet Potato Pudding, or Carrot Souffle. For more ideas visit KidKritics.com or Cabotcreamery.com
…for the health of your family,
Jaimie Proctor, MS, RDN, LDN
Don’t ever leave me alone with a jar of peanut butter and a spoon! Something about the pure taste of nuts blended into a smooth perfection is one of my favorite ingredients for recipes, snacks or just an afternoon spoonful delight.
I don’t like my nut butters tainted with any extra ingredients, no other oils, excessive sugar or too much salt, and definitely no unnecessary preservatives. That’s why when we searched for a nut butter to present to our Kid Kritics taste testers we found Once Again Nut Butters the perfect choice!
The ingredient list fit our standards with simple and wholesome ingredients. Their Organic Peanut butter with Omega-3 is just organic peanuts with flaxseed oil (that’s where the omega-3’s come from). Their cashew and almond butters also contain two or three simple ingredients only. They all passed the Kid Kritics taste tests with flying colors; kids who were used to your generic grocery store type peanut butter tasted Once Again’s pure taste and loved it!
I invite you to look at Once Again’s website, you’ll be surprised to learn about this amazing employee-owned business located in a small rural community in Upstate New York that thrives while helping the community and supporting organic and sustainable farming! They provide a healthier alternative to an all-time favorite all American staple food, the peanut butter. Their communications director Gael Orr sits on the board for Domestic Fair Trade Association, their dedication to helping the community and making the earth a better place is clear when you look at the list of charities and projects they donated to in the last year alone.
At this day and age I think teaching our children social responsibility is as important as ever, and when I purchase a jar of Once Again Peanut butter I’m endorsing a company and their actions, and I can feel good about it! But the best part is that I am 100% confident that I am giving my family the very best nut butter they can enjoy.
Back to the peanut butter, they have an All American Style and a Peanut Butter with Omega-3 that are both Kid Kritics Approved. They are both amazing! Smooth and rich as peanut butter should. They spread easily and work really well in baking recipes. We have recipes our Healthier Recipe Moms created and shared as well as our Registered Dietitians.
Their Organic Cashew Butter, which only has organically grown dry roasted cashews milled smooth with 5-8% expeller-pressed organic sunflower oil to enhance spread-ability. It really is great in cookies, smoothies and whatever you may dream of. The Almond Butter with Omega-3 is also Kid Kritics Approved is milled smooth, no salt or sugar added, just rich roasted almonds mixed with flaxseed oil to give your body the Omega-3 nutrients that it needs. It tastes amazing, no bitter or aftertaste that I have experienced with other nut butters. Perfect to alternate with Peanut Butter for recipes and sandwiches for the kids. As you all know I like to “teach” variety is always best to accomplish getting all the nutrients, minerals and vitamins from natural sources that our bodies need.
If you would like to try one of these delicious Once Again Nut Butters but haven’t seen them in a store near you, here is a link where you can purchase them online: https://www.onceagainnutbutter.com/shop
For the health of your family,
Carolina Jantac, MS,RD,LD