Americans love their peanut butter. But PB has a problem: a modest serving (2 level tablespoons) has 190 calories. “Reduced Fat” peanut butters are no better. Companies like Jif and Skippy replace some of the fat with carbs, so the calories don’t budge.
That’s why calorie counters will love PB2 (“peanut butter’s second generation”) It’s a powdered peanut butter made by slow roasting and then pressing the peanuts to remove 85 percent of the oil. Just mix 2 tablespoons of PB2 with 1 tablespoon of water and stir.
The result: only 45 calories per serving (which shrinks to 1½ tablespoons), with as much protein (5 grams) and carbs (5 grams) as 1 tablespoons of regular peanut butter.
If a powdered peanut butter seems unnatural, take a look at PB2’s ingredients: roasted peanuts, sugar, and salt. The 1 gram of sugar is nothing to worry about, and PB2 is free from the added oils that you get even in the “natural” lines of peanut butters like Jif, Skippy, and Peter Pan.
Beyond PB&J, PB2 can lighten up your Pad Thai or peanut dipping sauce or salad dressing. And it’s great for travelers and backpackers. Taste? As rich and nutty as regular peanut butter.
Also worth a try: PB2 with Premium Chocolate. The added cocoa powder displaces some peanuts, so the protein drops to 4 grams, but a 1½-tablespoon serving still has just 45 calories.
PB2 is sold at some Whole Foods and natural food stores. If you can’t find it, try amazon.com or bellplantation.com. You may never go back to PB1.
To learn more about the product or find a retailer near you, call Bell Plantation: (229) 387-7238
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