I have always loved the taste of peanuts and peanut butter, but for the sake of my weight, I can’t eat it very often. At 190 calories per 2 Tbsps, along with toast, it can throw OFF my calorie count for the rest of the day. That said, i find it difficult to exclude entire ranges of food products out of my diet completely, as I am a fairly fussy eater. This limits my food choices already. A serving of PB2 (2 Tbsps) comes in at 45 calories, compared to 190 calories for typical peanut butter, so it is a significant savings while still giving me my peanut butter “fix”.
I had read about PB2 and seen it on the market shelves for a long time before I finally broke down and tried it. Frankly, the expense turned me away most frequently. It is probably twice the price of typical peanut butter and I was afraid I would go through it much too quickly. I have found, though. that I use it more slowly than a typical jar of peanut butter — making only 1 serving at a time — so I think it works out ok in the end. It is easy to mix up, too. 2 Tbsp of powder to 1 Tbsp water and a quick store is all it takes. Amazingly, it feels and tastes like real peanut butter which is not something that can be said about most powdered foods.
I first thought I would use PB2 on toast, much like I would regular peanut butter. While the lower calorie count does allow me to have my occasional peanut butter on toast in the morning, I have found a host of other ways to use it, too. It brings a kick of extra flavor and body to a number of foods. I can sprinkle it into a hot bowl of oatmeal, include it in smoothies (which seems a big usage by others, according to the reviews I have read), add it to a regular bowl of cereal, like Cheerios, and even sprinkle it over a peeled banana as an afternoon snack. For an additional hit of flavor, I also picked up the PB2 with chocolate. It is nice to have some variety to choose from, which also helps me stick to my calorie count each day. Food boredom is one of my worst enemies so it helps to mix things up.
If you love peanut butter, but can’t fit the calories into your diet, give PB2 a try and let me know what you think.
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- Casablanca Market Moroccan New Morjana Tea Glasses, Gold Mix, Set of 6
- Cast Iron Cookware (and a cornbread recipe)
- Bamboo Cutting Boards
- Vintage Flower Storage Bowls
- Homemade Creole Seasoning Mix
- Tabasco Brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce
- 4-Pc. Dolman Measuring Cup Set from Dot & Bo & More measuring cups available from Amazon.com