I started my journey by taking inventory of what we ate. As we opened a jar or box, I would write the date on the lid with a permanent marker. This allowed me to determine how much we were actually using, and when I realized how much peanut butter my husband and son were eating, that became my first target.
Commercially produced peanut butter is pretty much a candy bar in a jar. If you look at the ingredients, you’ll see peanuts, salt, sugar, sugar, oil, sugar….you get the picture. My son’s favorite snack was always peanut butter on a spoon. He doesn't do that so much anymore, but he still eats a lot of it!
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When you start eating real food your tastes change. Your taste buds aren't being drowned in sugar and can begin to differentiate between the flavors in your food. We now buy a brand that is dark roasted because we really enjoy the flavor, and I love seeing only two ingredients on the label – peanut butter and salt. Added bonus - since everything isn't sweet, it’s easier now to get my son to try new foods. Just don't be discouraged - small steps will get you there.