- I let the person in back of me in line at CVS cut ahead of me. I did this both at the pharmacy counter, and then again after I went deal hunting at CVS and checked out up front. On a side note, I love that CVS offers flu shots now! It was so convenient to be able to get that done with barely any wait while I was already there picking up other items. Plus, no doctor copay. Awesome.
- At the grocery store, I gave the woman behind me a coupon for an item I saw she had. She was very appreciative!
- I wrote a Christmas card to someone I haven’t talked to in several years (yes, I know it might arrive after Christmas, but I figured it would still be good).
And today, for Day 20, I surprised my husband by bringing him lunch at work. He’s been super busy lately, running around between his three jobs, and I know he forgets to pack stuff to bring to eat. He loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, so I made one and packed some snacks to bring along.
- Use natural peanut butter (Teddies, made in Massachusetts, is our favorite). Natural peanut butters are typically just ground peanuts and sometimes also include salt. Other peanut butters contain additional ingredients that your body doesn't need. With natural peanut butters, you may need to stir it before using because sometimes the oil settles at the top – that’s completely normal. Stay away from the “health halo” around reduced fat peanut butters – these actually have added sugar to make up for the flavor reduction when you take out the fat!
- Stick to an appropriate serving size of peanut butter. It’s healthy for you, but easy to overdo it. A serving of peanut butter is 2 tablespoons – measure it out if you’re not sure what that looks like!
- Look for no-sugar-added or low sugar preserves, rather than traditional jellies. The no-added-sugar varieties are typically sweetened with just natural fruit and juices, rather than additional sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup. However, some brands have begun adding artificial sweeteners to these varieties, so always check the label. The low sugar varieties refer to brands that have less sugar compared to their original version.
- Or consider adding actual fruit! Slice up some strawberries or bananas to put on your sandwich rather than using a jam/jelly.
- Stick with whole wheat bread – it’s less processed and contains a better nutritional profile compared to white bread, including more fiber!