My Travel Snack: Peanut Butter

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"Business or pleasure?" The first question a travel agent asks generally sets the tone for the type of food you'll be either tolerating or enjoying on your trip. Weekend conference with lots of panels? Hello, veggie sandwich and potato chips. Ten day trip to France for your honeymoon? Bonjour, to just about everything in the history of amazing! One common denominator for me for just about any type of travel though, is peanut butter — the P to the B. Here's how it gets me through travel, whether it's business, pleasure, or just an hours-long drive on the highway.

There's always a jar of peanut butter at the ready in my cupboard. I've actually gotten pretty particular about it. In high school, I was all about the creamy. In college, the crunchy. Now, the organic — made from one ingredient — that is just the right viscosity. Left unsupervised at the grocery store, I may pick up a jar of nut butter ground from almonds or cashews or sesame seeds — or all three. Nut butter is great for just about any snack. It gets you through just about any jam.

Here are the top five ways peanut butter, or any of its sophisticated nut butter brethren, find themselves a part of my travel plans.

1. Straight-Up 

I always try to carry (or let's be honest, let my wife carry) a packet or two of nut butter along for our travels. Whoever gets hangry first has dibs.

2. PB & Banana

This is my personal favorite. A slice of toast, peanut butter, and a sliced banana (that may or may not have been sliced with a Hutzler 571 banana slicer). Pack it up in a sealed bag, and let it bail you out of a tough situation.

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3. PB & Jelly

The first recipe you learned how to make, can still do the trick while traveling. Simple take two slices of bread and coat one slice in one part peanut butter, the other in one part jelly. Press together to form a sandwich. Done! Reach beyond strawberry and grape, and try some orange marmalade. Paddington the bear would be proud.

4. Milk & Honey Peanut Butter Balls

These are so legitimate. Make more than you think, steal away a few when the spouse isn't looking.

5. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Milkshake

This is actually a super food of sorts. The chocolate milk is ideal for post-workout  to accelerate muscle recovery. Same goes for the peanut butter and its protein-laden benefits. If your travel is like mine, you'll likely want a power smoothie to recharge after all the walking, ruin-climbing, or whatever other kind of exploration you get yourself into.

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(Images: 1. oldbunyip/Shutterstock 2. Flickr member elisasizzle licensed under Creative Commons; 3.Leanne Vogel/Healthful Pursuit )

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