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Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Recipes for Weight Loss

Despite the playground rumors, PB&J sandwiches aren’t just for kids. There are tons of grown-up sophisticated ways to whip up the childhood classic that will excite your taste buds while whittling your waistline—especially if fitness is a big part of your weight loss routine.

Eat This!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Recipes for Weight Loss

Despite the playground rumors, PB&J sandwiches aren’t just for kids. There are tons of grown-up sophisticated ways to whip up the childhood classic that will excite your taste buds while whittling your waistline—especially if fitness is a big part of your weight loss routine.

Though it’s not super-low-calorie like other weight loss foods, PB&J has a near-perfect ratio of calories, proteins and carbs to build fat-burning muscle after a workout. (That's why we've named it one of the 8 Perfect Fitness Foods for a Flat Belly).

To make tasty twists on the classic sammie, check out our PB&J matrix below. There are more than 250 ways to mix and match the ingredients, assuming you pull one from each column. After you choose a carb canvas, add a savory spread, top with some fruit (yes, pumpkin is technically a berry) and then, to really make your taste buds sing, sprinkle on something from the “extra” column. Not the creative type? Fear not! We’ve come up with four mouthwatering combos you’re sure to love. Happy noshing!