So a friend of mine says to me, “What do you think of graham crackers, peanut butter and jelly?”
I immediately and instinctively said, “They are fine, in fact great”; but of course, I said, “please make sure it is organic peanut butter and jelly made with real sugar.”
Now I felt the need to blog about this upon doing research on the graham cracker and of course I always do research to ensure that what I have stated is correct. After my research I discovered my assumption that the original graham crackers were indeed healthy since graham flour is healthy. I was certainly not aware of the funny story behind the making of the graham cracker. Since I was not aware I perhaps you are not aware either.
In the mid 1800s a Presbyterian minister was considered somewhat of a health nut. He was indeed healthy but he might have been a bit of a nut too. He happened to be a person who believed in only a vegetarian lifestyle (which by the way is not so bad). He believed that lust was the root of all evil. He also believed that bland foods would cure lust which is why he developed the graham cracker. His ideas about food were quite interesting. What do I mean here? Well quite frankly the graham cracker, as it was originally developed, consisted of graham flour, a combination of fine-ground white flour and coarse-ground wheat bran and germ. Of course there were flavors added to the graham cracker such as cinnamon, chocolate and honey; which are all fantastic. What I discovered with my research besides that Sylvester Graham was eccentric, is that the graham cracker today is usually not the healthy variety. What was once considered a health cracker is now usually manufactured using bleached white flour, which Minister Graham would have been severely opposed to.
So my friend, to give you a reasonable answer to your question, I have decided to go on a quest for a new whole wheat cracker (give me some time to get them on our website). In the meantime, should you have a fancy for healthy graham crackers, check out amazon.com. Amazon carries two products: New Morning Honey Grahams and Health Valley Amaranth Graham Crackers. Both brands are certified organic.
So to my pal, here’s my long winded answer to your question; first choose organic, healthy graham crackers then lather them up with organic peanut butter and spoon some luscious corn syrup free jelly or jam and I shall have no qualms about you being hooked on crackers and PB&J. It is important to use organic peanut butter and jams or jellies made only with sugar. You can find great varieties at your local supermarket.
In closing Minister Graham would be happy to know that the natural varieties sold on Amazon would certainly satiate those carnal desires that he thought would be cured by bland food, while at the same time ensuring you’re not ingesting artificial flavors that are contained in the more common brands. Please make sure to check your box of graham crackers for artificial flavors. Based on the history of this crunchy little wafer I don’t quite think I’ll ever look at a graham cracker in the same way again…and I’m sure you won’t either!