These sunflower butter tahini cucumber roll-ups are a perfect after-school snack for kids (and adults!). They're gluten free, dairy free and nut free, and full of protein and vitamins.
This post is sponsored by my fav sunflower seed butter, SunButter, but all opinions are my own.
It’s back-to-school time for many out there. While I can’t help with much advice in the kid department, I can offer an easy after school recipe to keep your kids healthy and satisfied with these sunflower tahini cucumber roll-ups. And hey, they're a great snack for adults too!
There are a growing number of people who suffer from allergies that range from gluten to dairy and sadly, these allergies often include a variety of nuts. Peanuts have been an increasing problem for kids, and subsequently for school and airlines who now limit their nut distribution. Peanuts are also known to be fungus-friendly, so even if you don't have a severe allergy, there's a good chance that the peanuts you're buying from the big box grocery stores have been growing in mold. Moldy peanuts? No thank you.
I certainly don't want a side of mold with my food, so I've been off peanuts for a while now. Luckily there are many seeds that don't run the same mold risk like nuts do, and also many more people can tolerate seeds, without allergies. Sunflower seeds are a great swap if you love peanuts and hate mold. Sunflower seed butter has a pretty similar taste and can easily, and tastily, step in when you're trying to avoid peanut butter.
You ready for all of the sunflower seed benefits: Vitamin E is at the top of the list with 82% per 1/4 cup. That means hello anti-inflammatory effects, and the addition of folate in the seeds helps promote cardiovascular health. You also get heart-friendly and calming magnesium, which most people are deficient in, phytosterols to lower cholesterol, and selenium for detoxification and cancer prevention. How's that for a power line-up?
You can eat the seeds straight up, preferably raw, or have them ground in a tasty sunflower seed butter. I love the brand SunButter because it's free from the top 8 food allergens - peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, fish shelfish, and soy. And listen to this, SunButter can go head to head in the protein department with peanut butter, but SunButter comes in with one-third less saturated fat, less sodium, and less sugar. On top of that SunButter provides triple the amount of iron and twice as much fiber and zinc. Take that moldy peanut butter.
My favorite SunButter is the organic and the sugar-free, but they also have Natural Crunch and convenient single serving cups so you can dip and go. I love them when I travel. They make for a great plane snack.
No matter which style you choose, I'm sure you'll find many uses for SunButter like I have, starting with my Sunflower Tahini Cucumber Roll-Ups. Head over to SunButter to get the recipe and learn more about this fabulous seed butter.
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This post was sponsored by my fav sunflower seed butter, SunButter, but all opinions are my own.