24 July 2013

what I love wednesday: PB2

By now y'all should know I love me some nut butter. While I enjoy almond butter and have even made my own cashew butter before, it's really peanut butter that is my favorite.

Of course, if I was being really honest with myself I would also admit that it is a trigger food. This is especially true during that once-a-month hormone surge when I will happily eat any peanut butter and chocolate combination in existence. Half the time I don't even bother with the chocolate and, instead, have what I call a spoon and run with a peanut butter jar.

Peanut butter is a good source of protein, but it's also high in calories and while the fats are the good kind it's still high in fats. A single serving of peanut butter -- 2 tablespoons -- is 5 Weight Watchers points.

Which is why I am so glad I finally jumped on the powdered peanut butter wagon with PB2.


What is this craziness? Powdered peanut butter? I know, kids. Just give yourself some time to wrap your mind around it.

Right, so all you do is take 2 T of PB2, mix it with 1 T of water and voila. Peanut butter.

Trust me, I was skeptical, too. Not just on the taste but what sort of wacky scientific unpronounceable ingredient list voodoo caused this magic.


Roasted peanuts. Sugar. Salt.

Wait. That's it? That list is shorter than your average jar of peanut butter. And 2 T. of PB2 is only 1 Weight Watcher Point.

Done.

Granted it doesn't taste exactly like peanut butter. But y'know what? This peanut butter lover actually really likes the taste. I also like that can I can control the consistency. So when I'm making, say, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich now (which I can do again without feeling like I'm throwing away WW points, especially when served on Simply Filling approved light bread) I make it using the recommend amount of water. But when I put it on my English muffin or in my Overnight Oats for breakfast I like it a little, erm, meltier so I'll add a bit more water so it's a runnier. I also haven't baked with it yet, but I have no doubt PB2 and my KitchenAid will be meeting soon.

Before, peanut butter always felt a little off-limits. I'd eat it, of course, but every time I did I'd wonder if there was something else I could have had for those 5 weight watchers points that might have been a better choice. Or I'd have to do some crafty math to fit it into my daily or weekly points. It's one of those things where as soon as you make something taboo it's suddenly all you want to eat and for someone where peanut butter is a trigger food this is a dangerous situation to get yourself into. With PB2 I don't have to feel that way. I can have peanut butter on my toast for breakfast and have it on a sandwich and lunch and it's still less points than regular peanut butter would have been for one of those meals. Take the guilt away and suddenly I'm not craving it as much because I don't have to, knowing I can eat it when I want to.

Now, I will say that PB2 is more expensive than a jar of regular peanut butter (although the online prices are better than in the store. May have to stock up!), but for this gal it's a very worthy purchase.

Have you ever tried powdered peanut butter?

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

8 comments:

  1. I have a jar and like the flavor, but it always seems to be an "effort" to whip some up for toast. But, right now, I have a pretty high number of points to use up daily. What constitues "effort" in the future may change.

    I DID use it to make a peanut sauce and that was spectacular. You get the peanut taste without the heavy peanut butter texture.

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    1. Ohhhhhhh! Peanut sauce!! What an AWESOME idea!

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  2. I ate this the whole time I was losing weight on WW--I put it on toast, dipped apples into it, used it in recipes, etc. Now that I'm on maintenance, I use a couple extra points for a little bit of the real thing. But, I still use PB2 in recipes and on days when I need to watch my points a bit.

    The thing I liked about it is that it tasted enough like peanut butter that I liked it, but not so much that I wanted to eat a lot of it. Now that I'm back on the real thing, I find myself able to control myself a bit more.

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    1. I would love to be able to get a point where I can control myself around regular peanut butter. But this works in the meantime.

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  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE PB2 + chocolate. I have a jar of regular PB2 at work, and it's just "meh" to me. The chocolate stuff, though? OMG get in my belly. I got 2 pounds of it off of Amazon the other week for $16 and I love using it in smoothies or dipping a banana in it.

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    1. I've been meaning to try the chocolate variety! Good to know it comes so highly recommended.

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  4. Um, WHAT?! I've never heard of this! Awesome.

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  5. I just recently tried this and I really like it too. I actually haven't tried it in a sandwich or anything but for protein shakes & smoothies, it's wonderful! I'll have to check out the online prices or buying it in bulk to save some money. It's worth it to me though.

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