My little boys love peanut butter and I am just thankful that they don’t have allergies to any nuts or food ingredient. But because we now live in a country where many kids (and adults too) have allergies to nuts and other food ingredients, I have learned to read food labels well and to be compassionate to other moms who have to deal with such allergies.
Since my son’s school has a nut-free policy, I make sure that all the food that I pack in his lunchbox are peanut-free. I have read a lot of news about young children who have gone into shock because they have eaten something with peanut, or even smelling or just getting in contact with foods that are not nut-free, others have unfortunately died and many others are bringing their epipens with them in case they get in contact with such kind. I feel the pain and the worry of the moms out there who have to deal with this kind of, I don’t even know how to call it, so for me, even with a picky eater, I still make sure that my son’s lunches are nut-free. It is quite hard for me too because I have to think of ways on how I can have at least a balanced meal on his lunches and that even if he wants to have PB&J sandwiches or bread and Nutella, he just can’t have (yet). He will have to wait till he gets home.
But when I found out about WOWButter, a peanut-butter replacement, I knew I had found the solution to his “cravings.” Much to my delight, WOWButter sent me two jars of the toasted soy spread and boy, was I so glad to send a WOWButter sandwich for my son the next day. My little boy also loved it a lot.
Okay, so what is WOWButter? It is a peanut-free, tree nut free, gluten free, egg and dairy free soy spread produced in a dedicated facility that manufactures only soy products. It is a complete protein source as it has nine (9) amino acids compared to peanut butter. Soy, which is the main ingredient of WOWButter is beneficial to us since it helps fight heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer and may help to reduce the symptoms of menopause. Soy is rich in calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium, B-vitamins, omega 3 fatty acids and fibre. Essentially, WOWButter is a healthy alternative to peanut butter.
My son was so eager to try WOWButter.
I opened up one jar (due to insistent demand by the school boy as he was already hungry that time), I immediately noticed that the spread’s color resembled that of peanut butter, it was easy to spread as well and does not clump up on the butter knife or on the bread. It tastes, feels and looks like peanut butter but it is NOT, and yes, I had to lick the spread that was left on the butter knife, and it was good! 🙂
I even caught my son grabbing the opened jar and ate a spoonful of the WOWButter!
So I made his lunch the following day and had a WOWButter sandwich along with his other food.
What’s nice about WOWButter is that school lunch stickers are included in the jar. There are 16 small lunch stickers that can be placed in lunchboxes or sandwich bags so that teachers (or other kids) would know that my son’s sandwich is totally peanut-free and safe for those kids with peanut-allergies (or dairy, egg and gluten free). So I peeled off one sticker and placed it on my son’s lunchbox and sent a note to his teacher in his Agenda.
So while my school boy was in class, my little one and I prepared some after-school snack for his big brother. We made a creepy-crawly banana, WOWButter and pretzel snack! (I got this idea from bable.com and I was so enthralled at the cuteness of this snack, it was actually made of peanut butter, so I replaced the peanut butter from that blog with WOWButter).
The little boy was so eager to eat it, he just wasn’t able to wait for his brother to come home and nibbled on the chocolate chip eyes and the “caterpillar’s tail!”
I am still exploring the possibilities of using WOWButter in cooking, though I have already read some reviews using it in baking, but to add it up to a dish would probably be my next kitchen experiment. As for me, I am a happy mum because I am able to send a good amount of protein for my son’s physical and mental growth and development. Even though he is still a picky eater, at least I am assured that he gets essential vitamins daily.
What I like most about WOWButter is that I can send it in my son’s lunchbox anytime he (or I) wants without feeling guilty that I might “hurt” another child because I have sent a cookie or PB&J sandwich and that I would feel responsible in case something happens to that child. I like the idea that I am able to show compassion to other parents. It’s satisfying the emotions or the soul (and the body at the same time). Aside from being healthy and nutritious, I can help spread the word that there is an alternative to peanut butter and that parents won’t have to worry about what to pack for lunch or that their kids are safe.
Having said that, WOWButter is kind enough to give away a case (6 jars x 1.1 lbs/jar) of their tasty, healthy and nutritious peanut butter replacement to one lucky reader. Just simply follow the steps in the Rafflecopter below and you’re in for a treat! This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.
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*Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the product mentioned above for review purposes only. The opinions are my own, based on personal experience with the product.