Peanut butter is to me what I imagine crack is to a crackhead. I cannot get enough of the stuff. I’ve been known to breakdown and just go at the jar with a spoon.
The problem, of course, is that while peanut butter is good for you in small doses, the fat and calories add up pretty quickly if you go overboard.
Peanut butter is a staple in a healthy diet. Many people
optimistically mistakenly count it as a protein. It does have about 8 grams of protein per serving, but double the amount of fat- 16 grams in a serving.
Bad news- PB is always a fat first and a protein second.
If you can stick to no more than 2 tablespoons a day (real, measured servings- don’t guess) then you can eat the peanuty deliciousness and feel no remorse. But if you are like me, and once the jar is opened it’s an all-bets-are-off-free-for-all, then you better not even have that stuff in the house.
PB2 changed everything for me.
What is it? PB2 is a powder you mix with water to make a peanut butter-like substance. It tastes almost as good as the real thing. But- it has only 45 calories and 1.5 grams of fat in two tablespoons. Compare that to 190 calories and 16 grams of fat in regular peanut butter!
Ok, so it is “processed” to some degree, but the ingredient list is small and it doesn’t have anything in it that concerns me. The trade-off is well worth it. The best thing about PB2 is how easy it is to mix it into oatmeal, protein shakes, and recipes to add that peanut butter flavor without the fat.
Until recently you could only get PB2 online or at specialty stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. Now, they sell it at our small town Kroger so it must be available just about anywhere. Look for it in the organic foods section near the almond butter.