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Every day I have a morning snack of an apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter. Is this okay? I know peanut butter is high in fat but it seems to keep me satisfied until lunchtime. — Clairey, NJ

Christine Palumbo


Peanut butter is a great snack, provided you limit the portion size! One tablespoon of peanut butter has 95 calories, about 8 grams of fat, and 4 grams of protein. (Surprisingly, the reduced fat version contains the same number of calories, but a bit more sugar.) The protein and the fat combine to satisfy and "stick to the ribs" longer than a snack with carbohydrates alone. You've hit upon a successful snack, so stay with it!

About Christine Palumbo

Christine Palumbo, MBA, RD has been a nutrition communications consultant since 1989, providing dietary counsel and analysis on various nutrition, health and weight management topics to corporate clients and news media outlets nationwide. An active member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the Illinois Dietetic Association, Chicago Dietetic Association for more than twenty years, she has served on a variety of boards and practice group committees within those organizations. In 1981 and 1982, Palumbo was honored by the Chicago Dietetic Association and the Illinois Dietetic Association, respectively, as the Recognized Young Dietician of the Year.

Palumbo has been featured as the expert speaker in numerous national health panels and has published many articles and pamphlets regarding nutrition and healthcare. She has been featured in national women's, health and business magazines, daily newspapers and local and national radio programs. Palumbo has also appeared on numerous local and national TV news programs, including a segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997 on the health benefits of drinking water.

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