Love peanut butter? Check out these low-cal snacks, alternatives
By Brittany Anas
Nutty for peanut butter, but don’t love all of the calories and fat grams it packs in just a couple of tablespoons? Peanut butter is of course a great after-the-gym snack (we love it on apples or bananas) because it’s packed with protein. Or, maybe, you still love a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or turn to peanut butter and chocolate when you’ve got a sweet tooth. But a mere two tablespoons contains 17 grams of fat — which might be tough to, well, swallow if you’re watching your weight.
Fellow peanut butter lovers who are on a calorie budget, check out these lower-fat options that still taste like you’re splurging.
- PB2: Have you experienced the magic that is PB2, yet? The all-natural peanut butter powder is made with slow-roated peanuts that are then pressed to remove 85 percent of the oil and fat. It’s still rich in taste — and you won’t even notice it’s a substitute. To make, you mix 2 TBSP of PB2 with 1 TBSP of water. We love using this peanut butter on our fruit, on wheat toast in the morning or in a Thai-inspired wrap. You can also toss it in the blender with a banana and some low-fat milk and ice for a chocolate-banana smoothie. Purchase your PB2 from Drugstore.com and you’ll save $1 off the original price, plus earn up to 5 percent Cash Back on your purchase from ShopAtHome.com. PB2 also comes in a chocolate flavor!
- Low-cal Peanut butter-chocolate dip: The only thing better than peanut butter and jelly is peanut butter and chocolate, right? This simple mix tastes decadent — but is really guilt-free: In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt, 3 TBSP of Peanut Butter and 1 TBSP of unsweetened Cocoa Powder until the ingredients are smooth. THen, serve it with fruit — like apples, bananas, even berries. Be sure to use low-fat vanilla yogurt — not a Greek yogurt substitute because it will make the mix taste too tart.
- Give almond butter a try: While peanut butter and almond butter contain about the same amount of calories, almond butter’s nutritional profile has a little less saturdated fat. It’s also high in Vitamin E, which is good for healthy skin.
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