Sunday, January 15, 2012

Healthy Sundays: Peanut Butter

 I'm sure lots of people have different opinions about Weight Watchers, but I think it's the easiest and most well-balanced program I've tried. It's definitely taught me about portion sizes, and how fattening some things are for you that I didn't think were so bad.

Number one shocker? Peanut butter.

"But peanut butter is supposed to be healthy!" you cry.

I know! But a 2Tbs serving of peanut butter (the suggested serving size, which isn't much at all) has 16 GRAMS OF FAT and FIVE Weight Watchers points. That's insane.

"But it's good fat!" you insist. Maybe so, but it's still fat. All this time, I thought I was being so good, having apple slices and peanut butter as a snack. I'd just load that PB on there, too. "This is good for me!" I'd think, munching happily. Weight Watchers put the kibosh on those happy times right quick. Then I discovered Better'n Peanut Butter.

Better'n Peanut Butter is the bomb. A 2Tbs serving has 2 grams of fat. That's 14 grams LESS than regular peanut butter!! best of all, it tastes delicious. It's a bit different than peanut butter - the consistency isn't as thick, for one. It's creamier, kind of like a caramel sauce almost. It also tastes a bit sweeter - but who ever complained about that? I've heard it's kind of hard to find, though. I got mine at Trader Joe's (it's excellent with their apple slices, easiest snack EVER) but Whole Foods or the health food section of grocery stores probably carry it, too. I highly suggest swapping your regular peanut butter with it. It's an easy switch that saves TONS of unneeded calories and fat.

It also comes in other, delicious sounding flavors like chocolate, banana and the wackadoo flavor of hot pepper. There's also a low sodium variety. Better'n Peanut Butter also has no trans fats, no saturated fats, and is gluten and dairy free. There are also recipes on their website and all over the internet for yummy sounding things people have made with the stuff.

Do you guys have any good healthy swaps for your favorite foods? I'd love to hear!

*NOTE* This is not a sponsored post. I was just really excited about this stuff and wanted to share!


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