Our 30×30 Peanut Challenge was created to help encourage healthy eating, while educating on the enormous health benefits you can get from just a handful of peanuts per day — including preventing diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s, controlling blood pressure, and even lowering cholesterol. To participate, all you had to do was include one serving in your diet every day for 30 days, and share how you made it yours.
After wrapping up and reading through everyone’s stories, though, we have to say that we were blown away by the response of the peanut-loving public! Some were unfamiliar with the powers of peanuts, while some had been eating them for generations, but the one constant? They all offered creative new ways to enjoy their daily serving.
Here are just a few of our favorites:
Rachel Travis, Laura Tucker and Tammy Agdeppa – By the Spoonful
More than a few of our fans said they like to keep it simple: just straight from the jar with a spoon. Who are we to disagree?
Nicole Walters – Wheat Wraps with Granny Smith Apples and Crunchy Peanut Butter
The crisp, the crunch, the portability — this snack has it all! And Nicole has our thanks for this great idea, which also packs in extra fiber and vitamin C with those Granny Smith slices.
Bridgette Fox – Peanut Butter with Bananas
Jeffrey Lammers – Peanut Butter, Banana & Honey on Banana Nut Bread
These snacks aren’t just nuts, they’re bananas! While Bridget kept it simple with her PB&B, Jeffrey took it up a notch with the addition of honey and banana nut bread for a sweet treat that sneaks in some nutrition.
Stephanie Saffle – Peanut Butter with Carrots and Radishes
Using peanut butter as a veggie dip is a great way to add some protein to a healthy snack, but radishes? That’s a maverick move and we love it! They pack vitamins A, C, E and other minerals, which are a great compliment to all the nutrients you’ll find in peanut butter.
Laura Tucker with Southern Made Simple – Peanut Butter Pie
One of the great things about peanuts is how they can transition from savory to sweet with ease — and Laura’s peanut butter pie is pretty easy on the eyes, too.
Ken Barton – Peanut Butter Shooters
Ever since Ken showed us these bite-sized, decadent desserts, we can’t get them out of our heads! Maybe we should try getting them into our hands. And for a bonus fact, did you know that pairing sweets with peanuts can help you reduce or avoid sugar crashes?
Kay Zarrugh – Peanuts with a Side of Peanuts
Classic. 10/10 for simplicity and deliciousness. Just be sure to practice moderation!
Even though our Peanut Challenge has come to a close, the benefits you’ll enjoy from starting this healthy habit will just keep going and going!
And if you missed it, you can still make peanuts and peanut butter a part of your daily diet, and enjoy all the good that comes from this amazing superfood.
How do you like to get creative with peanuts in the kitchen? Let us know on social! We’d be happy to hear it, and who knows — you just might inspire someone else to make a healthy change!