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19 Nov

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Favorite Nut Butters

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My wife and I have become nut butter connoisseurs as of late and here are a few of our favorites:
 

Nuttzo-Omega-3 Multi Nut Butter

This is an awesome blend of different nuts and seeds and is a great source of ALA – alpha-linolenic- acid/Omega 3′s.  The ingredients list says it all:Organic Peanuts, Organic Cashews, Organic Almonds, Organic Brazilian Nuts, Organic Sunflower Seeds, Organic Flax Seeds, Organic Hazelnuts, Kosher SaltMy own take is that I don’t like the flavor as much because I’m not a fan of hazelnuts, but my wife loves it!

Here’s a link:

 

PB2 – Powdered Peanut Butter

 
 PB2 is a powdered form of Peanut Butter.  They don’t just dehydrate the Peanut butter, but they remove most of the fat in the process.  The result is something you can add water to and get something that tastes a lot like peanut butter, but with these stats:
Serving Size: 2 Tbs (tablespoons)

Total Calories: 45

Total Fat: 1.5g

Saturated Fat: 0g  !!!

Protein: 5g

Carbs: 5g

Sugars: 1g

So with 75% less calories than the equivalent two tablespoons of regular peanut butter, you can see why this would be attractive!  How does it taste?  Well, I don’t think I’d replace peanut butter with this in a sandwich or eating it straight but it’s perfect for smoothies, protein shakes, and baking.  I use it to make some low cal, high protein peanut butter cookies, and in that recipe I change out half of the peanut butter for this stuff, and you don’t notice the difference at all, yet it cuts 50 calories out of each and every cookie!

Highly recommended!  Here’s a link:


Naturally More Peanut Butter

 
This is my favorite Peanut Butter in the world!  It’s not just straight peanut butter- look at these stats:
 
Total Fat: 14g
Sat Fat: 2g

Protein: 9g

Carb: 7g

Sugars: 2g

The above doesn’t show this, but you are getting some Omega-3′s in this serving as well.  Not enough serving for the day, but definitely more than you get in peanut butter (which is none!).   That extra protein and reduced total saturated fat from from the fact that they are replacing some of the peanuts with flax seed and soy protein.  I have to admit, I was disappointed when they replaced egg whites with soy protein in their recipe a few months back.  I’d much rather have the egg protein than soy protein (which is said to boost estrogen levels in men :(   ).  But nowadays, soy protein is used in everything from protein cereals (eg, GoLean) to protein bars.

Looking at the ingredients:

Roasted Peanuts, Soy Protein, Flax Seed, Evaporated cane juice, Salt, molasses

You can see it’s all natural, but there is some sugar in the form of Evaporated Cane juice and molasses.  Still, when you consider peanut butter ground from just peanuts naturally has 1-2g of sugar in it- this has the same amount overall, so there can’t be too much added if any!

And I just love having this stuff mixed in cottage cheese.  It’s the perfect before bed snack with minimal carbs and sugar, and lots of protein, especially the slow digesting casein protein.

NOTE: The company that makes Naturally More was part of a recall on peanut butters a few months ago.  There were no cases of anything bad reported for this particular peanut butter, but since one of their other peanut butter brands had some type of E.coli or Salmonella they recalled everything to be safe.  Thus it is very hard to find on the shelves right now and I’ve been going through withdrawals waiting for it to come back.  Will update this with a link when it’s available again!

 

So what about you?  Do you have a peanut butter or nut butter you’d like to share?  Sound off in the comments below!

 

 

21 Aug

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What’s In My Refrigerator? Part IV

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This is Part IV of this series- Part I is here, Part II here, and Part III here.

What’s that, you say?  You mean Low-Carb Tortillas don’t HAVE to taste like cardboard?

I can’t take credit for finding this one.  I had all but given up on finding a tortilla or pita style wrap that I loved, and went back to eating my favorite bread- Publix Whole Wheat Italian 5 grain bread.  That was fine for sandwiches, toast, etc, but never a good choice for a burrito!   That’s when my wife brought home Joseph’s Flax,Oat Bran, Whole Wheat Pita Bread..

60 calories, 4 net grams of carbs (8 total with 4g fiber)!

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20 Aug

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What’s In My Refrigerator? Part III

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This is Part III of this series- Part I is here, and Part II here.

It’s been called the salad killer in some circles as it negates most of the positive aspects of a healthy greens salad with its tons of saturated fat.  It also blows the calorie count through the lid.  Yes, you’re right- it’s the salad dressing.  Without a dressing, salad can be pretty hard to eat, but with most of them that taste rich and creamy, you might as well have ordered that burger instead!

Of course, you can opt for something like a small amount of Olive Oil and vinegar, or even Coconut Oil- both healthy options and they are a nice fresh change, but there are those times when you just long for a thick, rich, and creamy dressing atop your salad, sandwich, etc.  Bolthouse Farms to the rescue!

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16 Aug

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What’s In My Refrigerator? Part Deux

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Continuing the new series with Part II (Part I here), let’s take a look at another item in my fridge that may be of interest to you.. bacon!

bacon, Bacon, BACONNNN!

“Bacon?”, you say.  ”That greasy, salty, filled with saturated fats kind of bacon?  The stuff that is filled with Nitrates and Nitrites and MSG?”   No, not that kind of bacon!  This is Turkey Bacon.

“Turkey Bacon?”, you say.  ”That lame attempt at making a healthy bacon alternative, without the taste and with most of the same Nitrates and Nitrites as before?”  No, that kind of bacon either!  This is Applegate Naturals Uncured Turkey Bacon.

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15 Aug

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What’s in my Refrigerator? Part I

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When I watch YouTube videos from bodybuilders and fitness pros, my favorite submissions are usually the ones where they share some new idea for a recipe or even an ingredient to consider that I haven’t been using.  It’s in that spirit that I bring you this new series.

This is not a series of everything that is in my refrigerator.  That may get pretty boring!  I have 4 young kids in the house and my wife as well so there is a lot more in there, and not all of it is worthy of this post!  Rather, these posts will highlight some of my favorite finds over the past few years, and items you may not have heard of.

SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia

 

Sweet is probably the hardest flavor to fake naturally.  There are so many choices in sweeteners and they always seem to have a downside.  While some sweeteners have a multitude of studies that underscore their dangers (eg, Aspartame), most often, that downside is the process by which the sweetener was made.

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