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How to Get SunButter in Your Favorite Grocery Stores

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Can’t find SunButter in your favorite grocery stores? 

You’re not alone, but here’s how to change it.

SunButter has six varieties to fit all food allergies, eating styles and taste/texture preferences!

We’re always working to expand our distribution both geographically and to more actual stores, yet as with many other initiatives, food allergy parents can have an awesome impact!

If you’d like to see SunButter on your local stores’ shelves–and/or if you’d like them to carry more of SunButter’s six varieties, here are some things you can do:

 

1. Talk with the Store Manager

Tell her or him the importance of stocking allergy-friendly foods, perhaps mention why SunButter and other nut-free products are important to you and your family. You can have him or her stop by our website for a bit more info and to contact us, too.

 

2. Download this merchant card

Drop it off at your store’s customer service desk or hand-deliver it to your store’s manager.

Download this Merchant Request Form to get SunButter in your store!

 

3. Fill out our online request form

Then we’ll reach out to your store for you! Chances are, we’re already in contact with the decision makers there.

 

4. Tweet your wishes

Feel free to tweet this! If you’d like, you can Tweet @ your favorite grocery store, too.

Grocers, please stock @SunButter4Life: sunflower spread for #peanutallergy kids. Because safe kids = happy parents #peanutfreeplease

SunButter Original No-Stir now in Canadian stores

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Popular with busy moms, dads, university students and young professionals, SunButter Original No-Stir is now available in Canadian grocery and other stores! You’ll also notice new labels on other SunButter varieties on Canadian stores’ shelves:

SunButter's nut-free Canadian product lineup.

 

 

The ingredients in SunButter Original No-Stir are similar to SunButter Original, and so is the taste. And don’t worry – we aren’t replacing any current varieties; SunButter Original No-Stir is an addition to our lineup. The formula hasn’t changed a bit. All that’s really changed is the smooth, creamy, no-need-to-stir texture (and the label design).

The oil no longer separates on top and you won’t find hard leftovers on bottom, so SunButter Original No-Stir is even more like regular peanut butter.

All four SunButter varieties are:

- Made from sunflower seeds grown near the prairie provinces in the U.S. state of North Dakota

- Processed in a totally nut-free facility

- Safe for anyone with tree nut and/or peanut allergies

- Gluten-free

- Dairy-free

- Egg-free

- Nutritious:

  • 27% RDA of Vitamin E
  • 8% of iron
  • Double the fiber of peanut butter with the same level of protein
  • No hydrogenated oil
  • 0% trans fatty acid

SunButter Organic Unsweetened is sunflower seeds only (no added sugar, salt or other ingredients), perfect for Paleo and other eating styles.

Where to buy SunButter in Canada

Whichever variety you’re ready to try, here’s how to find SunButter:

- By your city, province or postal code through our SunButter store locator (call identified stores to check if it carries a specific variety)

- Through our SunButter online shops (most offer all six varieties with reasonable shipping rates)

 

As always, let us know what you think of SunButter, and share recipes, please. Let’s keep spreading the sunshine together!

Try SunButter in recipes or on a sandwich or (our favorite) by the spoonful! Let us know what you think?

Peanut-free snacks recipe: Autumn Snack Mix

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Fall’s flavors are perhaps SunButter’s perfect match: Pumpkin, cinnamon, maple, nutmeg, made even more delicious in this batch of peanut-free snacks. Perfect for afternoons at the apple orchard, pumpkin patch, one last evening by a bonfire, and of course while viewing football!

Nut free snack as crispy as fall: SunButter Autumn Snack Mix.

Autumn Snack Mix

Inspired by GratefulFoodie.com’s Caroline and her Sweet SunButter Caramel Corn with Sea Salt.

Ingredients

5 – 6 cups various seeds: sunflower, pumpkin (pepitas, roasted and/or raw), plus raisins, dried cranberries, etc.

1/2 cup Earth Balance Shortening or other Dairy Free margarine

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup SunButter

2 Tbsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. baking soda

Directions

Pour seeds and dried fruits into a large bowl.

Nut free seeds and other goodies mix, ready for SunButter sauce!

In a large saucepan, combine the margarine, SunButter, brown sugar, maple syrup and spices (not baking soda just yet) over medium heat.

Mix up SunButter Autumn Snack Mix.

SunButter, brown sugar, fall spice, butter--the beginnings of a delicious Nut Free Snack Mix.

 

 

 

 

 

Stir constantly while everything melts together. Bring to a boil.
SunButter smoothes into a creamy sauce for Autumn Snack Mix.

 

Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Add the baking soda and stir, then remove from heat.

 

 

Add the baking soda so the SunButter Snack Mix is crunchy but chewy (not rock hard!).


Pour over seeds and dried fruits and mix to coat.

SunButter Fall Snack Mix, underway!

Spread onto tinfoil or wax paper, cool. Break into chunks and store in airtight container.

SunButter Autumn Snack Mix on tap.

Other nut-free snacks with fall flavors? We’d love to hear about them, please share.

Shout-out from Men’s Health for SunButter Organic

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Let’s hear it for the boys (especially those looking to eat healthy with SunButter)! As Men’s Health magazine recently noted:

“Researchers in Spain recently found that men who ate about 3 1/2 tablespoons of nut butter twice a week were 40 percent less likely to be overweight or obese than those who didn’t dig in.”

The Men’s Health editors’ top 6 picks for spreads with less than 100 milligrams of sodium in a 2 Tbsp. serving and no hydrogenated oils (a source of trans fats) includes SunButter Organic Unsweeted:

source: Men's Health

source: Men’s Health

 

#SunButter is ALWAYS organic!

See the whole Nut Butter list in Men’s Health.

Way to go, guys! Now cook, bake and dig in.

 

Truly nut-free Valentine’s treats for your lovies

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Where do you find truly nut-free Valentine’s chocolates, candies and other sweets that are safe for your sweeties?

We’ve rounded up our favorite nut-free Valentine’s treats, supermarket finds and online order options. (You’ll want to place your orders soon to get your goodies in time for Valentine’s Day!)

Find links to all these recipes and other nut-free Valentine’s treats, lunches and other ideas on our SunButter Valentine’s Day Pinterest Page.

Homemade nut-free Valentine’s treats

SunButter conversation heart and XOXO cookies – A twist on traditional cutout cookies, dressed up for Valentine’s Day (we used red letter stamps from the craft store, dipped in beet puree and blotted with a paper towel to make the messages). Get the recipe.

#SunButter Conversation Heart and XOXO Cookies! Perfect for your Sun-body!

SunButter cup candy – These are like Reese’s peanut butter cups but totally free of peanuts, gluten, dairy and eggs too. Get the recipe.

#Sunbutter Cup Candies! With ZERO Peanut-butter!

SunButter cookie candy, a clever adaptation of a Paula Deen recipe, made nut-free by Riane at the Art of Dessert blog. Get the recipe.

#SunButter Cookie Candy! A clever PEANUT-FREE adaptation of a Paula Dean recipe!

Nut-free Valentine’s treats at the supermarket

Our friend Jenny Kales went to several grocery stores to find nut-free Valentine’s treats, so you can get safe candies for your nut-free kiddos. See her whole blog post of ideas, which includes:

Surf Sweets candy to share or use as decorations on cookies, cakes or cupcakes.

Nut-free Valentine's Treats at the Supermarket!

DumDumPops with Valentine’s messages! Also handy to tape on paper Valentine’s or arrange together in a bouquet. Even the mystery flavor is nut-free.

Nut-free Valentine's Treats at the Supermarket!

We love the sunny yellow flower pot! photo credit: http://dramamamaslittlecorner.blogspot.com

Nut-free Valentine’s treats online

Peanut Free Planet has a vast selection and smooth ordering and delivery. Their nut-free Valentine’s treats include:

Frog prince cookies 

Nut-free Valentine's Treats Online!

Bag of bugs, made with nut-free chocolate

Nut-free Valentine's Treats at the Supermarket!

We wish you a safe, delicious, incredibly sweet Valentine’s Day with your lovies!

 

 

 

SB for SB: Nut-free SunButter Super Bowl snacks

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
IRRESISTIBLE Nut-free #SunButter Caramel Corn with Sea Salt!

Kick off your Super Bowl party with nut-free SunButter caramel corn with sea salt.

The big game, the commercials, the half-time show–or just a reason to party? Whatever your reason to take in the Super Bowl, make SunButter part of it with these nut-free, tasty snacks:

SunButter dip for a big crowd – Serve with mini carrots, celery sticks, apple slices and/or crackers and pretzels

Healthy yet DELICIOUS #SunButter Dip!

Scoop from your preferred side.

SunButter chicken strips – Cut chicken into  strips, prepare and serve with football toothpicks in each

Add these fun Football Toothpicks to your #SunButter Chicken Strips!

We found these on Amazon.com. You could also print tiny Ravens or 49ers logos onto sticker paper and make your own!

#SunButter and spices marinade on chicken drumsticks to make a yummy crowd pleasing favorite!

Here, we used a SunButter and spices marinade on chicken drumsticks.

Sunny Muddy Buddies - Use nut-free chocolate (and a little extra if you’re a 49ers fan, since San Fran is home to many chocolate makers)

With nut-free chocolate and #SunButter, your Sunny Muddy Buddies will practically DISAPPEAR!

Nut-free Mmmmmmuddy buddies.

SunButter Cutout Cookies – For decorating, look what Jen at My Kitchen Addiction creates:

#SunButter Cutout Cookies! Decorate for your favorite team!

We have these cookie cutters (from Michaels) and are eager to attempt Jen-worthy artwork — for both teams!

SunButter Caramel Corn with Sea Salt, adapted it from Caroline at GratefulFoodie.com and dressed up for the big game with natural food coloring:

IRRESISTIBLE Nut-free #SunButter Caramel Corn with Sea Salt and Natural food coloring!

The red-tinged batch of SunButter caramel corn, ready for hungry elves.

At a recent get-together, we had people who root for teams who don red, green and blue–we kept them all equally happy with caramel corn to match (until the games began, of course…).

 

Ingredients

2 (3.5 ounce) packages microwave popcorn, popped
1/2 cup Earth Balance Shortening or other Dairy Free margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup SunButter
20 large marshmallows
Sea salt

Natural food coloring: Pureed blueberries, raspberries, spinach, or other fruits and veggies

Directions

Pour popcorn into a large bowl. In a glass or plastic bowl, combine the margarine, SunButter, brown sugar, and marshmallows. Cook at 1 minute intervals in the microwave, stir well with a whisk until the marshmallows are fully melted.

Add a few Tablespoons of food coloring; if you’re making several colors, separate the caramel mixture and mix in colors separately. Pour mixture over popcorn, pour onto parchment paper or tinfoil and sparingly sprinkle with sea salt!

Yummy Frosting with Raspberries!

Adding in pureed raspberries.

Yummy Frosting with Blueberries!

Creating the blue batch

Any other SB for SB recipes? Bring ‘em on!

SunButter is safe as ever

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Lately we’ve witnessed the peanut butter industry affected by a recall. Fortunately, you have a healthy, nut-free option in SunButter.

With the increased attention of the peanut butter recall, we’ve received calls and emails from some of you asking if SunButter is affected. No need to worry. SunButter is a nut-free spread made with sunflower kernel, NOT peanuts, so SunButter is NOT a part of any peanut butter recall. (The likely source of confusion? Sunland, Inc. of New Mexico is the company central to the peanut butter recall. Although their company name sounds similar to ours, Sunland, Inc. is NOT related to SunButter.)

For years, you and your families have trusted SunButter, and we will continue to provide that same great SunButter taste for years to come. Maybe now is a good time to share some delicious SunButter recipes with your friends and family?

#SunBuuter is a healthy and TASTY nut-free alternative to peanut butter!

Spread the word – SunButter is a healthy, nut-free alternative to peanut butter!

If you need to restock your supply, you can find a store near you with our store locator. And as always, if you have any questions for us, please leave them in the comments!

Which nut-free “peanut butter” should I get?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

Whether you’re looking for nut-free snacks for kids, a fast gluten-free lunch or allergy friendly, healthy snack recipes for a crowd, we can help. SunButter offers several nut-free “peanut butter” varieties, and this guide helps you choose the best SunButter for your needs and tastes.

Where to buy

Whichever variety you’re ready to try, find SunButter:

- By your city or zip code through our store locator  (call your store to check if it carries a specific variety)

- Through our online shop

Which to get

Here’s what food bloggers, moms and our own test kitchen bakers and cooks recommend:

First-timers, young kids:

SunButter Creamy is the most readily available at retailers. It’s a comparable peanut butter alternative for young kids. Its consistency is very similar to peanut butter if you’re making the switch due to nut allergies or just doing a swap. It spreads great on bread and easily scoops with celery, carrots, apple slices and crackers.

Busy moms, dads, college students and young professionals:

SunButter No-Stir is the creamy variety but does not separate so it does not require stirring. Hey, a few seconds makes a difference!

Paleo eating, avoiding sugar and/or salt:

SunButter Organic Unsweetened is sunflower seeds and only sunflower seeds. No added sugar, salt or anything else. It’s Paleo eating plan approved!

Gluten-free

Any SunButter! To make gluten-free recipes, we recommend SunButter Creamy, No-Stir or Organic if you’re also looking to reduce sugar and salt.

On the go (vacations, business travel, bikers, runners, triathletes):

SunButter Snack Packs slip into pockets, bags and backpacks, open easy, and help you fuel up on the go whether you’re training, racing or just taking the kids on another adventure.

Baking, cooking

The most ideal substitute for peanut butter is SunButter Creamy. No-Stir, Natural and Crunchy also bake and cook up nicely. Remember to add a bit of lemon juice to reduce the green hue from the sunflower seeds’ chlorophyl that can react with heat and turn goodies green. Unless, of course, you’d like a “naturally” green treat for Halloween or St. Patrick’s Day! More on this discoloration.

Adventurers, crunch-lovers, texture-cravers, omega-3 seekers

SunButter Natural Crunch gives you texture; SunButter Natural Omega 3 gives you powerful omega-3 with something other than fish oil. A single serving provides 461 mg of omega-3, with 1/3 less saturated fat than peanut butter.

Big families, serious bakers, home-schoolers

SunButter Creamy in 5-lb. pails help ensure you won’t run out of SunButter for nutritious breakfasts, the group of kids who stay for lunch and new recipes to try. (Note: if you are placing an order for a school, call 877-873-4501 and have your tax ID number nearby.)

Milk, tree nuts and peanuts, oh my!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Nothing like an invite to spend a hot afternoon swimming, playing baseball and grilling with dear friends. Is there really any better way to celebrate summer? But what if your child has numerous allergies? And foods with those allergies are all over the serving table?

Daniella, a mom who faced just this scenario, offers practical tips to keep kids safe–and allow everyone to have fun. Bonus: Kids who can handle stress with poise and spirit. Follow her Smart Allergy blog to get products and resources for ‘Navigating the Twists and Turns of Your Food Allergy Journey’. Thanks for sharing your story and advice, Daniella.

Daniella's tenacity (with a smile) has helped keep her kids with allergies safe. Her tips can help others, too.

Daniella’s tenacity (with a smile) has helped keep her kids with allergies safe. Her tips can help others, too.

We arrived at our dear friends’ home for a pool party and barbecue. The kids hit the water and my husband quickly got comfortable socializing and relaxing poolside. To my embarrassment, I entered a type of twilight zone. The dining room table was covered with eye-catching food items. Almonds in a bowl, tempting cream cheese-filled strawberries and many enticing and unusual snacks.

Sounds delightful, doesn’t it?

Unless, of course, your children are allergic to items such as milk, eggs, tree nuts and peanuts. I caught myself staring at the peanut-butter filled celery sticks conveniently placed at the edge of the table. To most visitors, this standard snack is tasty and healthy with a nice dose of protein. For me, ‘anaphylaxis’ warnings are going off.

I am thinking about how the peanut butter may get accidentally smeared on a doorknob or household surface. If my child gets this on his hands, how close is the nearest hospital? His first peanut reaction was slow. This time would likely be much faster.

Oh my…what to do?

My first thought is to grab the kids and leave. My husband can find a ride home, if needed. However, would this really be the best option?

Hesitantly, I asked my husband. His approach was simple and straight forward: talk with our kids and discuss our food concerns, especially the celery sticks and peanut butter. Remind them to speak with us before eating anything.

And that’s exactly what we did. Guess what? They behaved safely and responsibly. They avoided the main table. They asked before eating anything.

This plate of goodies is completely Allergy-friendly!

An allergy-friendly plate of goodies, approved by Daniella.

We ALL completely enjoyed an evening spent with friends.

I had to get over the fear of the MILK, TREE NUTS and PEANUTS, OH MY. No matter what their allergies are, we, as parents, can’t protect them all of the time. Our greatest gift to them is equipping them with the confidence and ability to make the right decisions in regard to their own safety when necessary.

Daniella's tenacity (with a smile) has helped keep her kids with allergies safe. Her tips can help others, too.

Sharing food allergy awareness at her kids’ school through a clever book.

I am coming to realize that having food allergies has it’s own blessings and we can learn a lot from how our children handle situations. These two kids handled their evening with poise and spirit. They realized before I did that it’s the company you keep, NOT the food you eat which makes a great party!

Daniella Knell is the owner of Smart Allergy~Friendly Education. As a mother of two with multiple and life-threatening food allergies, she is an ardent advocate of allergy awareness and education within her community. Through 10 of her 21 years of service with Delta Air Lines, she was a flight attendant instructor. Since 2007, she has been fortunate enough to be able to combine her two passions; offering motivational support in managing food allergies and teaching. She offers educational classes to children and adults, one-on-one consulting and presents national telephone workshops for those managing life with food allergies and dietary restrictions.

You can also follow her on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Food allergy, asthma emergency kit

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Parents of kids with food allergies prepare for the unexpected. We keep finding innovative examples of parents who have figured out proven techniques to keep their kids safe. One of the most amazing is Caroline, who blogs with grace and great humor at GratefulFoodie.com.  

She has more than a decade of parenting two kids with multiple food allergies and asthma. Plus, her family lives in an area where wild fires can force them to evacuate without much notice. Here, she shares her family’s story and advice on creating an emergency kit. Bonus: her Sweet SunButter Caramel Corn with Sea Salt recipe. As she admits, “I don’t know how long a batch of it will last since we eat it within days.” Thanks for sharing your valuable insights, Caroline. Consider us grateful!

How to avoid Allergy Emergencies!

Caroline made a huge batch of her SunButter caramel corn for her family and family friends who came over for game night. The dad and son were being silly and having fun with the caramel corn.

My son’s diagnosis with a long list of food allergies immediately taught me three things: always be prepared, french fries are not a food group (learn more about what is in your food) and learn how to catch a curve ball. By the time my daughter burst into the world, I was getting my ’food allergy legs’ and feeling fairly confident in my new world. Thankfully, her allergens were similar to my son’s and I didn’t have change too much in our household. We’ve been living with food allergies and asthma for 11 years now and eat incredibly well.

Eleven years ago, were positive that our culinary world had been crushed, which was hard for me since I have a hotel and restaurant background. Today, our son eats octopus and safe pomegranate sorbet floated in ginger ale with mint and side of Scharffenbeger chocolate clusters.

We enjoy living in Reno, Nevada, despite the wild fires and hot summers.  Although, every summer on the hottest day of the year for the last 15 years, I swear I’m moving.

How to build a food allergy emergency kit

Within the last three months, we’ve had two wild fires in our area that gave us reason to either pack up or prepare to pack up. Thankfully, both times we did not need to evacuate. But I still had the kids pack up to learn how to evacuate and be ready for an emergency with food allergies and asthma. Apparently, we left the earthquakes of California to enjoy the wild fires of Northern Nevada. The good news about wild fire is that you sometimes do get a short amount of time to prepare. The bad news: it is wild! Either way, earthquakes, fires or floods, folks in our food allergy and asthma world need to be prepared at home, work and school.

Food allergy emergency kits are important when disaster strikes!

Caughlin Ranch Fire, November 2011

When we lived in CA, my son’s preschool was required to maintain earthquake kits for each child. Due to his severe and complex list of allergens, this was a tough task, thankfully we eeked out a few non-perishable items for the kit.  Eleven years later, we have so many more food allergy friendly options!  Boy, have we come a long, long way!

Here are some of the lessons we learned that now drive how we prepare for the unexpected:

At work or school

Per their 504 plan, both of my children maintain jars of SunButter and a box of crackers in either locker or classroom. I want to ensure that they could spend the night at school and have safe food available. I also pack individual packets of SunButter in their backpacks too in case they are delayed during a field trip or anything arises.

In the car

After my son spent eight hours in the Emergency Room for an asthma attack and could not eat one thing since the hospital’s kitchen did not feel they could provide safe food to eat, I learned to carry food in the car. We now carry canned beans, a can opener, jars of SunButter, crackers and water. I’ll also carry safe marinara sauce and dried pasta in case of a last minute play date or social invitation. It is much easier to hand over a safe meal to share than trying to rummage through someone’s pantry for safe ingredients.

An alergy-friendly pantry is always stocked with lots of #SunButter!

Allergy-friendly pantry

At home

I always maintain all asthma medications and related equipment like the nebulizer, tubing, etc. on the same shelf in our medicine/toiletry closet. During the first wild fire when we packed the car, I showed the kids to sweep the entire shelf right into a bag. We were done packing our medications in less that one minute with one gentle sweep.  We keep all our Epi Pens in backpacks or purses that follow us out the door, so there was no need to pack these up.

Next, we headed to the pantry where I had several jars of SunButter on one shelf, crackers, cereal and tuna on another. My lesson learned here was to move those items onto the same shelf as in the Asthma medications. This packing took a bit longer. Now I try to maintain one shelf with all the items we need in one spot. My friend Luann maintains a duffle bag in a hall closet already packed with those items! She is one efficient lady!

I have a feeling we are not done with wild fires and that I need to stay on top of emergency preparedness with food allergies and asthma. Some of my friends were evacuated during both fires and went to hotels that may or may not have had safe food for my kids. I learned that I don’t want or need that added stress of find safe food during a crisis. Especially when we have so many good choices out there now for safe food that will sustain us for many days!

Lastly, I learned that nature and life happens, so being prepared for any sort of emergency is the only way to go!  Being ready for an anaphylatic reaction or asthma attack or needing to evacuate your home…just be ready!  Looking back at these two fires I couldn’t have imagined packing up two kids, one hubby, one grandpa and a bird and then trying to find safe food!

Be ready!

Do you have an emergency kit? We’d love to hear about it. Comments welcome here or on our Facebook page.