Count Ingredients Not Calories!

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As I finished off one of my favorite protein powders, Nutrex cookie madness, I decided to do some research in regards to my FAVORITE topic ever: Peanut butter. Peanut butter is my favorite, go to snack. 2 tablespoons being 9 grams of protein is pretty good, but the 190 calories per serving always kept me from enjoying myself. Plus has anyone ever read the labels of your typical Jif and Skippy and Peter Pan brand?? chemicals chemicals sugar oils and chemicals.

What happened to simply just peanuts and some salt?

I went over to Walmart and turned around nearly every peanut butter jar in the aisle to find that over 75% of the jars ingredients list were more than 4, sugar usually being the second ingredient. That was until I found Krema brand. For only 2.49 I was able to buy this 16 ounce jar with only two ingredients: peanuts and salt. Some people think it’s frustrating to have to stir the oil that’s on top, but my favorite tip?

Stir the peanut butter up, then store it in the refrigerator. You wont have to stir it again after that!

Another one of my favorite peanut butter products includes PB2. Now, as a peanut butter fan, it’s tough to just stick to 2 tablespoons. Especially when I eat nearly 3-4 apples or bananas a day, I’ll want to dip them in something! PB2 is a powdered peanut product (peanuts, sugar, and salt) that, when mixed with a tablespoon of water, you have your very own low calorie peanut butter. What I usually do is mix the prepared PB2 with a little tiny blog of my all natural Krema peanut butter just to add a little more substance to the mixture.

 

Always look at the ingredients labels! You never know what you’re consuming.

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