I LOVE peanut butter! Peanut butter sandwiches, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter milkshakes and, especially, peanut butter pie. But if you count calories the way I do, then you know peanut butter can be rough on your daily food journal. I did make the switch to natural peanut butter (Smucker’s) a couple of months ago to cut down on sugar. However, I keep it in my diet because, as previously mentioned, I LOVE it and peanut butter is a great source of protein.
If you follow Hungry Girl, one of the daily food blogs that I read, then you’ve probably read about Better ‘n Peanut Butter. It sounded suspicious to me, but I gave it a try anyway. I found it at Target, and although it’s nearly twice the price of regular peanut butter, it has nearly half the amount of calories and fat. It’s still made from peanuts and tastes slightly different, but I was surprised at how great it is. I’ve had it on an English muffin for breakfast and on PB&J sandwiches for lunch. (Honestly, it’s great right out of the jar too.)You keep it in the refrigerator, but it smooths easily and only has 100 calories per 2 tbsp. So if you’re a calorie-counting peanut butter junkie, it’s worth trying a jar.