How to Eat Peanut Butter Without Piling on the Pounds

Amy Lawrenson

Back in 2012, there was a big turning point for wellness in Britain, and not just because we played host to the Olympics. It was the year that fat started to fight back. A BBC 2 documentary entitled The Men Who Made Us Fat was pointing the blame for our increasing health problems and waistlines at sugar. And our minds were blown.  

At first we were hesitant, but then we remembered fat was in the good stuff: avocados, salmon, peanut butter. And so we blacklisted refined sugars and started mainlining these good fats, but while they may have left us with better skin, glossier hair and stronger nails, we didn’t lose any weight. Why? Well, "good" fats are calorie dense. A 25g serving of almonds is 149 calories, which doesn’t sound too bad until you realise 25g of almonds is like a serving for a small child. And that a teeny blink-and-you-miss-it 170g pot of cashew butter (that we were eating out of with a spoon because it’s good for us), is a whopping 1025 kcal. The problem is nut butters are so addictive and the best way to derail a diet.

Luckily we have found a solution in the form of PB2. PB, what now? PB2 is powdered peanut butter, you simply mix it with water to create the consistency of the regular stuff we know and love. What’s great about this version is that 2 tablespoons (12g) is just 45kcal—1.5g fat, 5g carbohydrates (of which 1g is sugar) and 5g protein.  Keep scrolling for more information about PB2 and five healthy PB2 recipes to try this week.

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