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PB2: Peanut Butter for the diet conscious

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Hello, Simply Fit readers. In 26 days from today, my family and I are taking our first real vacation since, well, EVER! Maybe that's not entirely true. We've taken vacations back east to visit friends and family that I have loved, but those trips are less of a vacation and more of a "hurry up before were late for dinner" type of vacation.

The other day at work, someone asked me where I was going on my vacation and I happily said, "I'm going to Maui." My words rolled off my tongue, entered my ears, and my heart skipped a beat because the sound of my own voice saying, "I'm going to Maui," was so amazing. It was almost like I had just realized that I was finally going to a place that has been on my bucket list since I was a little girl. Yes, little girls can have a bucket list.

I can vividly still remember receiving a shell necklace from a family friend who had just visited Hawaii. That necklace has long since vanished but the memory of holding a piece of a place that I might never see was both heart breaking and mystical. I was young, give me a break. The fact that one of my childhood dreams is finally coming to fruition is just so amazing to me which is why I wanted to share it with you. Aloha!

Now on to nutrition business. I was reading one of my favorite nutrition magazines, "Nutrition Action Heath Letter," when I came across a new product. First, let me share a little bit about my self. I LOVE peanut butter. When I say that I could live off the stuff, I'm really not kidding. I was working behind a jewelry counter when I was pregnant with my first child. I wasn't able to leave very often for breaks, so when hunger would strike, "which was every 20 minutes," I would grab my jar of peanut butter and devour the peanutty goodness one heaping tablespoon at a time. I did this throughout my pregnancy which may explain my daughter's love of the stuff and my 50-pound weight gain by the end of my pregnancy.

So now you have some idea of my craving for peanut butter. Unfortunately, peanut butter is calorie dense, meaning that there are a lot of calories in just a little serving. This fact has placed peanut butter in my "eat sparingly" category. Yes, peanut butter is filled with healthy fats, protein and fiber, but it still packs a hard caloric hit to my daily calorie intake, which as we all know "or you may not know," it's calories in verses calories out that truly influences weight loss or gain.

You can imagine my delight when I glanced upon a new product in this magazine. It's called PB2. According to the manufacturer, "We remove over 85% of the fat from premium quality peanuts. Essentially, the oil is squeezed out of roasted peanuts and what remains is our famous powdered peanut butter - all natural with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives. When you mix water or a favorite drink with PB2 you get the same consistency as full-fat peanut butter, with all the roasted peanut flavor, but 85% less fat calories. Ingredients: Roasted peanuts, sugar and salt."

Traditional Peanut butter

2 Tbsp - 190 calories

Calories from fat - 130

Saturated fat - 3 grams

PB2

2 Tbsp - 45 calories

Calories from fat - 13

Saturated fat - 0 grams

I was skeptical at first because other reduced calorie peanut butters have left me wanting to gag or left me unsatisfied but I was willing to give this one a try because it was recommended by a magazine that I have trusted for years.

I placed my order at www.bellplantation.com and within a week I had PB2 in my hands. I opened up the air tight package and was immediately hit with the aroma of peanuts. I scooped out a couple tablespoons of the PB2 powder and mixed it with the appropriate amount of cold water. It smelled like real peanut butter, after mixing it with water it looked like real peanut butter but now the real test. Will it taste like real peanut butter? The answer is absolutely YES! I even had my kids and husband try it. They really couldn't tell the difference. Can this be real? Are my days of longing for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich over? I know I'm dramatic but the answer is again...YES! I highly recommend this product if you are a peanut butter lover such as myself and you want to save yourself 145 calories per 2 tablespoons. Give it a try and let me know your thoughts.

Peace!

Pam Liuzzo DTR, CDM, CFPP

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