PB2: The Ultimate Dieters Dream
By: Kevin Larrabee, CSCS
I am a peanut butter addict.
During the Destination Abs Project I had one particular craving. A craving, dare I say need for peanut butter. The problem is that on such a low calorie diet I couldn’t dip my finger into the jar and satisfy my craving. Then, Leigh Peele along with a bunch of followers on Twitter mentioned PB2 as an alternative to peanut butter. I had used PB2 in the past, but not in about two years.
PB2 is basically what remains after a process that presses the peanuts to remove the fat. The end result still retains the great taste of peanut butter with 85% less fat and only 53 calories per two tablespoons. Here is some more info:
Two tablespoons of traditional peanut butter contains about 180 calories, while two
tablespoons (approximately 12 grams) of PB2 powder, and contains just 53 calories.
PB2 also contains approximately 40% protein by weight.
The first implementation of PB2 was in my Casein Pro shakes. I used two scoops of the Casein Pro protein powder with two tablespoons of the PB2 in a shaker, not a blender. The shake mixed perfectly, no chunks and tasted like I threw in two huge scoops of peanut butter. I am sure I am going to find a way to use this stuff in a lot of my meals.
PB2 now has a new sibling as well, a Chocolate PB2.
The chocolate PB2 has the same makeup of PB2 with added cocoa and sugar to give it the perfect balance.
Here are some ideas from Bell Plantation:
Delicious on graham crackers, fruit, “salty” crackers, as a
cupcake icing, ice cream topping, or in smoothies.
I haven’t tried the Chocolate PB2 as a dessert spread yet, but I have mixed 4 tablespoons in ice cold water to make a chocolate/peanut butter pudding!!! Tastes amazing for 100 calories.
Check out the Bell Plantation website and order some PB2, I promise you will not regret it!