Peanut butter and the National Parks team up
Peanut butter has made a move to be one of the most environmentally conscious daily snacks available on the market. Students of online baking programs may even take a traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich with them on hikes, and they should feel proud of their decision. Thanks to a few of the largest peanut butter producers, including Smucker’s, Laura Scudder’s and Adams, that have all joined together to make a donation to the National Parks Conservation Association. This joint project is not a first for these companies, who have partnered with the NPCA before.
Peanuts and parks
This year, these companies will be donating $100,000 to the NPCA, and these funds will be distributed to environmental programs like America’s Great Waters. This specific project works on protecting the water systems that are a part of the NPCA including Chesapeake Bay, the Colorado River and the Great Lakes. According to an NPCA study, more than half of the water systems that run through our National Parks are considered impaired.
Adams Peanut Butter has gone so far as to post water conservation tips on its website. Some of these tips include how to collect rain water and good Samaritan hiking ideas.
Earlier in the year, Smucker’s ran a coupon campaign, pledging to donate $1 to the NPCA for each coupon received. Now it is asking peanut butter aficionados to break free from their computers and kitchens and take to the National Parks and local parks too. Until Oct. 8, adventurers can post pictures of themselves in any of the parks near their homes to be a part of the “Make a National Difference” photo campaign.
For those students who are planning to join in the national hike, provided below is a quick peanut butter trail bar recipe from Adams Peanut Butter that will fuel you through the day.
3/4 cup Adams 100 percent Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
1/4 cup honey
6 tablespoons water
1 cup chocolate whey protein powdered drink mix
2 cups granola with raisins
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Line a baking pan with foil, making sure there is enough extra foil to press against the sides. Next, microwave your peanut butter and honey for just 30 seconds and stir. Repeat this until you have a smooth and consistent mixture. Next, whisk your protein powder and water until they are blended, and add your peanut butter and honey mixture to this. Lastly, stir in your granola and chocolate chips. Place this on top of your foil-lined pan and press until it spreads evenly across the surface. Just chill for an hour and cut to enjoy!