Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches were a cafeteria classic when I went to school, as I brown-paper bagged it every day. A traditional PB&J was easy for Mom to make, it didn’t get nasty sitting in my locker for half the day and it was perfect with a half-pint container of milk. Did you know there is the added bonus of health benefits?

A single serving of organic peanut butter is packed with 8 grams of essential protein. For an extra protein boost, spread your smooth or chunky on whole wheat or Ezekiel bread. The unsaturated fats from the peanut butter can lower your bad cholesterol and they contain antioxidants to protect your body from free-radical damage. Select an organic jelly with fruit as the prime ingredient and you are adding fiber to your diet. The fiber will aid your digestion and help control cholesterol levels. Jelly made with fruit also contains Vitamin C for a healthy immune system. As for the minerals, a PB&J sandwich provides potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and calcium.

For additional health benefits, click here. So, keep your next lunch simple, affordable and healthy with a classic PB&J.  Got Milk?