Many of my little patients have food allergies. When brainstorming ways to substitute foods they are likely to have an allergic reaction to, I look for alternatives that are at least as nutritious as the food they have to avoid.  Some flavors and textures are more difficult to replicate than others and the beloved p&j sandwich is definitely on that list! Fortunately, companies have been finding new ways to give kids all they love about PB&J without the trauma. One of such companies, WOWBUTTER, recently sent me their product for a review and I was pleasantly surprised to see that this completely nut-free soy-based spread has lots of good nutrition and tastes just like peanut butter! Keep reading to find what we prepared with it and how you can win 6 jars of this yummy spread.

Wowbutter

WOWBUTTER is a soy-based spread made from non-GMO Canadian toasted soybeans, non-GMO soy oil, granulated cane sugar, fats from palm oil and sea salt. Because this spread is completely nut-free, it is definitely safe if someone in your family has a peanut or tree nut allergy and it makes a great lunchbox staple for a nut-free school or preschool.

Offering roughly the same number of calories and protein per serving as peanut butter, WOWBUTTER trumps other nut butters when it comes to Omega 3 content since soybeans and soy oil are naturally high in a plant variety of Omega 3 fatty acids. WOWBUTTER contains 25% more of omega-3 fatty acids than other nut butters even after fortification (1200 mg versus 900 mg in fortified peanut butter). Peanuts, almonds and cashews, unlike soy,  are not the best sources of these healthful polyunsaturated fats.

Because it contains no nuts, WOWBUTTER is a safe for those with food allergies to nuts and tree nuts and is a perfect lunchbox staple for a nut-free school or preschool.

Here is a chart comparing nutrition in WOWBUTTER and a few nut butters.

Type

Serving Size

Omega-3 Content

Protein

Fat

Sugar

Calories

WOWButter* 2 tablespoons 1200 mg 7 g 15 g 4 g 200
Peanut Butter, smooth, without salt* 2 tablespoons 24.3 mg 8 g 16 g 3 g 188
Peanut Butter, smooth, fortified with Omega 3 2 tablespoons 900 mg 7 g 15 g 1 g 170
Almond Butter, without salt 2 tablespoons 133 mg 4 g 18 g 0 g 202
Cashew Butter, without salt 2 tablespoons 55 mg 6 g 16 g 0 g 188

* These spreads have added sugar. Some types of peanut butter have no added sugar, make sure to read the ingredient list.

WOWBUTTER has some added sugar, about a teaspoon in one 2 tablespoons serving, which is something to be mindful of if you are using it in place of a regular nut butter without added sugar. The good news that since it tastes sweet, you may not need jam to to make a delicious sandwich. Try spreading WOWBUTTER on whole grain bread topping with some mashed up fruit or berries, instead of jam, to bring down the total added sugar content of the meal.

Here are some of the ways we enjoyed WOWBUTTER in our house:

– Raspberry “heart” sandwiches

Raspberry wow butter sandwich

Raspberry wow butter sandwich1

– Banana and WOWBUTTER “wheels”

Banana wheels

banana wheels1

Needless to say, you can prepare exactly same snacks with a regular peanut butter, almond butter or cashew butter if there are no food allergies in your household.

To win a pack of 6 jars of WOWBUTTER (500g each), enter the giveaway below.

Giveaway begins: Monday November 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm ET

Giveaway ends: Monday  November 18, 2013 at 9.59 pm ET

Mandatory entry: Leave me a comment sharing your favorite way to eat a nut or nut-free butter.

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When entering, be sure to include your email address in the “Email” field when posting your comment so I can let you know if you won.  You do not need to purchase anything to win. Only open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to enter. WOWBUTTER has sponsored the prize offered and is responsible for shipping.

I received a free sample of this product for a review. All the views expressed above are my own.

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Sources:

Wowbutter Official Website. Retrieved from: http://www.soybutter.com/wowbutter.html

Nutrition Data. Peanut butter, smooth style, without salt. Retrieved from: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/4453/2

Nutrition Data. Nuts, almond butter, plain, without added salt. Retrieved from: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3153/2

USDA Agricultural and Research Service. 20:5, n-3 (EPA) (g) in Legumes and Legume Products. Retrieved from: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/nutrients/report?nutrient1=111&nutrient2=&nutrient3=&fg=16&max=25&subset=0&offset=50&sort=f&totCount=133&measureby=m

USDA Agricultural and Research Service. 22:6 n-3 (DHA)(g) in Legumes and Legume Products. Retrieved from: http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/nutrients/report?nutrient1=105&nutrient2=&nutrient3=&fg=16&max=25&subset=0&offset=50&sort=f&totCount=133&measureby=m

Nutrition Data. Peanut Butter with Omega-3, creamy. Retrieved from: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/legumes-and-legume-products/10348/2

Nutrition Data. Cashew butter, without added salt. Retrieved from: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3096/2

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