My very first order from Netrition.com arrived today! Woot! I selected 3 products for this trial run:
* Al Dente Carba-Nada Fettucine, Roasted Garlic
* Joseph’s Middle East Bakery low-carb pita with flax
* Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
Of course, I immediately had to dive into the powdered peanut butter. I’ve been dying to try it since I read about it on peanutbutterfingers.wordpress.com. You are probably wondering why on earth someone would want to try powdered peanut butter. Well, I L-O-V-E a big dollop of peanut butter, but the sad facts are that PB just isn’t super great for you in mass quantities. 2 tbs of my beloved reduced fat JIF packs a mean 190 calories, 15 g carbs, and 12g fat! 2tbs of PB2 on the other hand is 45 calories, 1.5 g fat, and 5g carbs. Basically they take the peanuts and squeeze out all the fat…. But does it taste good?
First thing, first, I stuck a finger in the PB2 and gave it the old taste test. It smells like peanut butter, looks like melty peanut butter, and tastes like peanut butter (sort of). It has a “healthy” taste about it — like your tongue just KNOWS that all the goodness has been sucked out. However, once I smeared it on a piece of toasted pita I could barely tell the difference.
Conclusion: PB2 is pretty tasty, but it’s not exactly an apples to apples substitute for a spoonful of peanut butter. However, if you are putting the PB on bread with some jelly or bananas, I bet you won’t be missing much 🙂