Mom comes under fire after sharing her controversial lunchbox trick: ‘It works for me’
- A mom came under fire after switching from natural peanut butter to squeezable
- Some said it was less healthy, others were surprised that it was allowed to pack PB
- Nutritionist Lee Holmes shared the formula for the perfect school lunch box
A mother has come under fire after sharing her controversial sandwich hack for her children’s school lunches.
The American woman, named Brittany, posted on Facebook, where she said she was “fed up” with the oil separation that comes with natural peanut butter, so she switched to “squeezable peanut butter,” with no regrets.
But it wasn’t long before she was criticized by other parents for a multitude of reasons.
Parents criticized that she was using a sugary item instead of a natural one for her kids, as well as the fact that she’s even allowed to pack peanut butter in a lunch box due to multiple kids’ allergies.
A mother has come under fire after she shared her controversial sandwich hack for her children’s school lunches, revealing that she uses squeezed peanut butter instead of natural where the oil separates.
Brittany wrote on Facebook: “Making sandwiches for the week and wished I had switched to using the squeezed peanut butter sooner.”
She added: ‘I can’t stand using the natural PB with the oil separation. This was a much faster and less complicated process. Highly recommended!’
Parents were quick to comment, writing things like ‘I personally only buy the natural peanut butter. The other stuff tastes like sugar to me’ and ‘luckily my kids like the natural kind’.
Others criticized the purchase from a packaging perspective, saying there’s a simple way to ensure natural butters mix well with oils:
Natural Peanut Butter Oil Hack: Store upside down. It makes the oil mix,” wrote one mother.
Another added: ‘I turn it upside down until the oil is at the bottom of the jar, then turn it upside down and mix it so the oil doesn’t get everywhere. Store it in the fridge and it won’t separate anymore after mixing, but it will stay smooth thanks to the natural oils.
While others said they “couldn’t believe” that Brittany was “even allowed” to pack peanut butter for her children in 2023.
But other parents were quick to criticize her for not using the natural variety, while others wondered why she’s allowed to include peanut butter in school lunches.
Brittany finally stepped in after feeling compelled to defend herself.
She wrote: ‘I’m just sharing that I personally don’t like the mess of natural peanut butter and switched to the squeezed kind which made this task quicker and less of a hassle for me. Mom wins!
Brittany added: ‘If you prefer another way then go for it! I’m just sharing for anyone else who feels the same way! Happy lunch packing everyone!’
A nutritionist and former English teacher (pictured) has revealed how to pack the perfect lunch box, and it all comes down to including as many different ingredients as possible.
What to put in the perfect lunch box
* INTEGRAL BREAD OR SOURDough: Slow-release carbohydrates help stabilize blood sugar levels.
* PROTEIN: Lean meat, salmon, tuna, egg, or tofu will help with alertness and stamina.
* HEALTHY FATS: Things like sunflower seeds, avocado and pumpkin seeds increase satiety, help stabilize children’s moods and increase their concentration.
* VEGETABLES X 2-3: Foods like bell peppers, carrots, mashed potatoes, and cucumbers contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals that children need to keep their immune systems healthy.
Previously, nutritionist and former teacher Lee Holmes revealed what should go into the perfect lunch box.
Lee said that color is key to visual appeal.
“A nutritionally balanced lunch box should contain a variety of foods from various food groups,” Lee said.
She recommends plant-based treats like fresh juices and smoothies, chopped greens and hummus and seeds, as well as blueberries and strawberries over rich jelly and jams.
“Use different types of fruits and vegetables, seeds, coconut flakes, calcium-rich dairy, protein-rich foods such as meats, eggs, seed butters, legumes, and tuna and oily fish,” the nutritionist advised.
They will need some form of carbohydrates and healthy fats to make sure they stay satisfied throughout the day.
Things like sunflower seeds, avocado and pumpkin seeds can increase satiety, help stabilize children’s moods and increase their concentration.