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At CLH Insurance, we believe a healthy lifestyle is something to be celebrated as well as something that can help your life insurance premiums (and something to help boost your finances according to this Money piece).  If you haven’t already, consider reading our four-part series on personal health starting here

The intersection of personal health and financial health is always a topic worth one’s time which is why this recent article from Outside Magazine caught my attention.  In Outside’s estimation, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich can act as an alternative to an energy bar (Life hack!).  The challenge of finding a fueling and nutritious snack is a persistent one and the classic PB&J may be one great solution.  As most anyone can attest to these days, finding the time, motivation, and implementing the best support system to eat healthy can all be a stressful endeavor, which is a fair guess why many of us opt for cheap and easy food options.

That’s the health.

As anyone who has ever bought energy bars, or protein bars, or any of the quick snacks marketed to fitness fanatics can attest, they aren’t usually the most inexpensive things one can pick up at the grocery store.  To that end, the PB&J closes the nutritional gap on the average energy bar and for a fraction of the price.  In the example shown in Outside’s piece, the price for each sandwich was roughly 25 cents.

That’s the finance.

From the article:

A basic PB&J—sliced white bread, Jif, and grape jelly—contains 350 calories and 16, 45, and 11 grams of fat, carbs, and protein, respectively. That’s roughly equivalent to a Peanut Butter ProBar—a favorite among endurance athletes—with its 380 calories, 20 grams of fat, 43 grams of carbohydrates, and 11 grams of protein.

I went to a discount grocer and bought a loaf of seedy bread, classic peanut butter, fruit-heavy jam, and thin-sliced mozzarella to pump up the protein. The result was a lineup of hulking 700-calorie, 30-gram protein sandwiches that clocked in at roughly 25 cents each. Compare that to the average energy bar, which runs at somewhere between six to 15 times more expensive per calorie.

You might be hard-pressed to find anyone recommending white bread when talking about nutrition.  Shoot, some people won’t even recommend any bread, but as long as you aren’t one of the unfortunate few with Celiac Disease, and you focus on bread with minimal, natural ingredients, then you’re probably okay (Ezekiel Bread and Dave’s Killer Bread are popular choices). 

Likewise, your peanut butter (or other types of nut butter spreads) should have as few ingredients as possible to avoid exposure to all the additives, sugars, and chemicals.  A personal favorite is Smucker’s Natural Creamy Peanut Butter.  The ingredients consist of two things: peanuts and salt.  That’s a win.

The jelly is where it gets interesting.  In a search for what the best jelly would be, I stumbled upon a recipe to make your own jam that only takes five minutes.  The 5-Minute Raspberry Chia Seed Jam recipe is ridiculously simple and you can easily substitute other fruits/ingredients if raspberries aren’t your thing.  Too much sugar has been shown to be detrimental to our health, but some sugar is necessary, specifically, natural sugars.  Too much natural sugar is still a problem though, so make sure to limit your intake.  The World Health Organization and the American Heart Association suggest a maximum sugar intake of 25 grams per day for an adult of a normal body mass index, or BMI. 

The bottom line is, if you’re looking for an alternative to energy and protein bars, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich (with a few alterations) can deliver and for a fraction of the price.  You can always add to the nutritional output by adding other toppings as well!  Consider making a whole loaf’s worth at once and freezing them so they’ll be ready for you when you’re running out of the house on your way to work, the gym, a hike, or any other activity where you think you’ll need a pick-me-up!  As we discuss in our physical health blog, meal-prepping is a life and time saver!

As always, if you have any questions about life insurance, how a healthy lifestyle can benefit your premium, or have questions about any other insurance policies you’ve been considering, feel free to call us at 636.391.0700 where we have agents and customer service representatives ready to speak with you, or you can send an email to questions@clhins.com, or even chat with us on our website, clhins.com.   

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