Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hot Product

What happens when you squeeze a peanut as hard as you can between your thumb and index finger? Not much. What about if you get that sucker in between the palms of your hands and squeezed like your life depended on it? Still nothing. The bad news is, those little guys are about as hard as chinese algebra and not even those over sized biceps of yours are going to change anything. The good news, is that one revolutionary company has done all the squeezing for you, and in the process created a peanut butter product with all the peanut butter flavor, with none of the fat and calories.

If you are like me, you probably love peanut butter. I will smear that stuff on just about anything i can get my hands on, from toast, to celery, and my favorite; right on top of some chocolate. It just makes everything taste better. Hell I would even contemplate slathering it on a piece of two by four if you convinced me it wouldn't ruin the expensive dental work my parents had me endure when i was a child.

But if you are like me you are probably also aware that these spoonfuls of yummy goodness also come laden with calories. Just two tablespoons of peanut butter contain around 180 Calories and 16 grams of fat. And who can stop at two tablespoons? Sure, you have every intention of stopping at two, but next thing you know you are sticking your fingers into the jar to scrape the bottom and then you are left feeling about as guilty as you did when you realized you actually enjoyed watching Mariah Carey in Glitter.

If you are eating a 100% natural peanut butter you can argue the calories are good calories, and they are, but if you are on a fat loss diet, you still need to be aware of total calories you consume each day. And if you think Jiff and Skippy are considered Natural peanut butter, think again; they contain added oils, salt and trans fats, which make them about as natural as the look on Heidi Montag's post-operative face.

Introducing PB2. This product is the brainchild of a genius company named Bell Plantation. They are an agricultural research company, and with a surplus of peanuts and a little creative thinking, they have created, in my opinion, one of the most ingenious new food products on the market. Through a unique process that doesn't involve using any chemicals or artificial ingredients, they have essentially squeezed out 85% of the fat from the peanuts, and provided us with a peanut butter powder that you can throw in your protein shakes, or spread on your bread and have yourself a healthy PB&J - just mix with water or milk to get a full-fat peanut butter consistency, but with fewer calories.

Lets take a closer look at the difference:

2 Tablespoons of traditional Peanut Butter = 180 Calories and 16 grams of Fat
2 Tablespoons of PB2 = 53 Calories and 2 grams of Fat

You can add this wonder powder to pretty much anything you can think of to create that peanut butter flavor, from cookies to pancakes, satay dipping sauce and condiments, to smoothies and muffins. The options are endless, and Bell Plantation even have a page on their site with recipes which will have you cooking like a Healthy Boy in no time.

You can buy PB2 here, and at only $15.96 USD for a pack of 4 (which lasted me forever) its about as cheap as those imitation Gucci loafers you are trying to convince people you got on your summer trip to Europe... but really got on your weekend trip to Canal Street.

Healthy Boy x

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