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Who doesn't love a good PB&J sandwich now and then (other than people with nut allergies... and the gluten intolerant... and jelly haters)? We're celebrating the dynamic duo of peanut butter and jelly today with hot couples, cool product finds, and a brand-new delicious recipe! Do we know how to party or what?   
PB&J Yogurt Parfait

PER SERVING (entire parfait): 205 calories, 3g fat, 199mg sodium, 37g carbs, 2g fiber, 24g sugars, 7g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

Yum!!! Here's a whole new way to eat your PB&J...

6 oz. fat-free strawberry yogurt (like the kind by Yoplait Light)
1/2 cup chopped strawberries
1/2 package Nabisco 100 Cal Pack Planters Peanut Butter Cookie Crisps, crushed
1 tsp. peanut butter chips (found in the baking aisle), crushed

Spoon half of the yogurt into a parfait glass (or any glass).

Top with half of the strawberries, followed by half of the crushed cookies (1/4th of the package). Sprinkle half of the crushed chips over the layer of crushed cookies.

Continue layering with remaining yogurt, strawberries, crushed cookies (1/4th of the package), and crushed chips.

Dig in!

Make-Your-Own Must-Haves

Stuff you should have on hand for sandwich assembly...

Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter - There are many brands that make fat-slashed versions of everyone's favorite nut butter. On average, a 2-tbsp. serving has 190 calories, 12g fat, and 2g fiber (PointsPlus® value 5*). Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy and Reduced Fat Super Chunk are our picks. For LOW-FAT peanut butter, seek out Better'n Peanut Butter. A 2-tbsp. serving of that slightly sweet stuff has 100 calories, 2g fat, and 2g fiber (PointsPlus® value 2*).

Sugar-Free or Low-Sugar Preserves/Jam - The SF ones have lower stats, but the LS types are still totally reasonable. We like Smucker's Sugar Free Preserves & Jams and Polaner Sugar Free Preserves with Fiber. Those each have just 10 calories per tbsp. (PointsPlus® value 0 - 1*), and Polaner's line packs 3g fiber into each tbsp. But if you're willing to spend 25 calories per tbsp. (PointsPlus® value 1*), the Low Sugar options from Smucker's taste RIDICULOUSLY good! All of these come in many, many flavors, so you can continue your sibling rivalries over which jelly goes best with peanut butter -- grape or strawberry. (STRAWBERRY!)

Light Bread and Flat Buns - Any type of bread with about 45 calories and a few grams of fiber per slice qualifies, but our favorite line-up is undoubtedly Sara Lee 45 Calories & Delightful. In the bun department, it's all about the 100-cal choices, like Arnold Select/Oroweat Sandwich Thins. And in a pinch, light English muffins will do. 
PB&J-Inspired Couples

You know, other than the two spreads themselves...

Barbara's Bakery Peanut Butter Puffins + Just Strawberries (Freeze-Dried Fruit from Just Tomatoes, Etc.)
PER SERVING (1/2 cup cereal + 1 oz. strawberries): 173 calories, 2.5g fat, 156mg sodium, 38.5g carbs, 3.25g fiber, 25g sugars, 4g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

Delicious cereal + crunchy fruit bits = a fun quickie snack mix! And if you want to bulk it up as a breakfast item, add some Fiber One Original bran cereal and Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze. Mmmmm!

Fiber One Chocolate Peanut Butter 90 Calorie Chewy Bar + Smucker's Low Sugar Grape Jelly
PER SERVING (1 bar + 1 tbsp. jelly): 115 calories, 2.5g fat, 95mg sodium, 23g carbs, 5g fiber, 10g sugars, 1g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

We'll let the chocolate tag along. Could there be a better trio?! If you like grape in your PB&J, try spreading Smucker's Low Sugar Concord Grape stuff on top of your bar. Not into chewy bars? Smear your jelly onto a 100-calorie pack of peanut butter cookies! So many choices...

Dreyer's/Edy's Peanut Butter Cup Slow Churned Light Ice Cream + Sliced Fresh Strawberries
PER SERVING (1/2 cup ice cream + 1/2 cup sliced berries): 157 calories, 6.25g fat, 66mg sodium, 23.5g carbs, 1.75g fiber, 16.5g sugars, 3.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

OK, this isn't really anything like the sandwiches your mom sent you to school with... but this fruit and ice cream combo is REALLY good. Just don't eat it INSTEAD of your lunch.

Grab 'n Go Find! Larabar Peanut Butter & Jelly
PER SERVING (1 bar): 210 calories, 10g fat, 60mg sodium, 27g carbs, 4g fiber, 19g sugars, 6g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6*

Typically we draw the line at 200 calories and half-a-dozen fat grams when it comes to snack bars. But that just goes to show you how much we LOVE this one. It is the best, Best, BEST LARABAR EVER, which is a pretty big claim, since all of Lara's bars rock. This is the single most indulgent PB&J packaged treat there is!
Friday, April 2nd, is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. If you've already read today's email, this should come as no surprise to you. If you haven't, click here to get in on all the delicious PB&J fun!
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