A Confession and A Countdown

Another week in front of us, huh? Well how about that.  How was everyone’s holiday weekend? Mine was actually pretty fantastic, and ended with a day trip to NYC with Will on Sunday, which was excellent in itself! Alas, now I’m exhausted, but lack of sleep is well worth an eventful weekend in my book.  As you can see from my title, there are two pieces to today’s post: a confession and a countdown.

First, the confession.

Let’s just get it out of the way before it gets awkward in here.

So, all of you (hopefully) know that I am a huge proponent of including fats in your diet (Yes, even saturated fat), and I am generally against substituting fake low-fat and fat-free chemical-laden foods for real foods.

Yet, in spite of this, I did something I’m kind of ashamed of.

If you spend a lot of time perusing healthy living or foodie blogs, you’ve probably heard about something called Pb2.

Yes, it’s powdered peanut butter. And Yes, it has 85% less fat and calories than real peanut butter. And Yes, I ordered some.

Let’s get ONE thing clear before anyone calls me a hypocrite:

I did not ever intend to replace my nutbutter intake with this. I only ordered it because I really love the taste of peanuts, and tend to eat a lot of peanut butter if I’m not careful.  Because peanut butter is so calorie dense, this can lead to far more calories than someone my size requires.

So rather than replacing the peanut butter in my oatmeal with Pb2, I simply got this so that I could add in some peanut flavor to my yogurt without over-calorizing (yes, it’s a word. well it is now) myself, especially on days with light or no training.

And the thing is, Pb2 really is an OK product. It is not chemically formed peanut butter, nor is it created with fillers and flavors. It actually is made of peanuts. It is peanuts that are basically pressed through a sieve, removing most of the oils/fats, and leaving behind a peanut dust that is then combined with salt and a tiny bit of sugar.

3 Ingredients. That’s it. That’s much more than I can say for some other “low calorie” peanut butters out there (ahem, Better ‘n Butter).  Although one of those ingredients is unfortunately sugar, it’s only a very small amount. I do think, though, that the product and flavor would be better without it.

So, after trying it in my yogurt the other afternoon (you just mix a tablespoon of powder with a Tbs of water, and voila! “peanut butter”), here’s my verdict.

I don’t get it.

Sure, it gives a peanut-y flavor, and yes, the consistency is similar enough to the real thing (although a little bit chalky), but it’s so very clearly not peanut butter. You know what it is about peanut butter that tastes so good? It’s the fat. Fat is one of the things that makes food palatable, which is why fatty foods are just so darn good. But this just didn’t have it (or it only had about 15% of “it”). It was tolerable, sure. But would I ever go for this stuff when I’m truly craving nut butter? Probably not.

I’m not saying it’s a terrible product, and I’m certainly not saying that you shouldn’t buy it, but it’s really not for me. Now that I have a whole jar, I’m sure I’ll use it up in my yogurt and to add some peanut flavor into smoothies, but in the future, I may just take a more novel approach and (gasp!) just flat out not eat so much damn nut butter. But even so, mark my words. A product like this will never, ever replace real nut butter in my house.  So if you’re looking for a low calorie way to enjoy real peanuts, and not some chemically enhanced crap, than this might be the right stuff for you. But please keep in mind that the fats found in nut butters are extremely healthy, and when eaten in moderation are an excellent part of a well-rounded diet. Moderation being the key word here, one that I seem to have a lot of trouble with on some days.

And now for the (pseudo) countdown. I know you’re excited.

5: The number of days UNTIL I GET TO GO SEE THE HUNGER GAMES!!!!!!! I can’t possibly begin to tell you how excited I am for this movie. It’s rather sickening, actually.

4: The number of hours I spent on a bus yesterday from NYC to Boston. All four of those hours were spent listening to the two dudes beside me laughing hysterically and LOUDLY at their comic books. Really?!?

3: The number of Deadlift reps I pulled at 145 lb on Friday, a new PR! ‘Nuff said 🙂

2:  The number of weeks I have left in my last class! Master’s degree, here I come. And on a related note…

1: The number of exams that are standing between me and my MS. So gosh darn close. Hallelujah.

Have you tried Pb2? What do you think of it? What awesome things are you counting down to?

8 thoughts on “A Confession and A Countdown

  1. Hi there ! Thanks for sharing your experience with this powder of peanut butter. I stumbled on another new product today : whipped peanut butter. Have you tried it ? Really liked your post !

    1. Thanks so much!! I haven’t tried whipped peanut butter… but if I do, I’ll review that too! 🙂

  2. HAHAHA i’m officially going to make “Over-calorizing” a word – you’re the best. i haven’t tried PB2 but i fully support this endeavor for all the aforementioned reasons. i’m usually against substituting fairly healthy foods with lower fat versions as well, but what you’re doing makes perfect sense so ROCK ON. if you start buying Trop50 reduced calorie orange juice though, i might cry a little 😉

    i’m counting down toward my master’s degree too!!! i still have a few more weeks though so its crunch time but YAY for us!!! good luck with your exams!!

    1. Ahhhhh Good luck to you too!!! And thanks about the post — But don’t worry, Trop50 is NOT in my future 🙂 And to be perfectly honest with you, I tried to eat some Pb2 again today and I’m really just not having it. Worse than I originally thought :/

  3. I think the substitution is fine, seeing as it is a natural product. I don’t really care for peanut butter so I have to choke mine down!

    I caved and bought the first Hunger Games book yesterday. I’ve been ripping through it and I’m almost done. I didn’t want to be one of those people who get addicted, but I guess it’s too late 😉

    1. Once you start, you can’t stop with those books!! Happy Reading 🙂

  4. Ok, love this post!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

    I bought PB2 just to see what it’s like definitely NOT because of the reduced fat content; however, I forgot it at home when I came back to London from my Spring break, so clearly I wasn’t too excited about it after all huh 😉 So, I still haven’t tried it, but it is at my parents house hahahaha.

    Congrats on the PR omg 😀 Amazing girlfriend

    1. Thanks girl!! Oh, and I replied to Kristen above, I actually just tried eating it again today and it’s worse than I originally thought. Maybe I’ll put it in some smoothies or something just to use it up but definitely will not be eating it regularly!!

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