Going Nuts for PB2
As several of us were gathering for a meeting at the HMR Corporate Office some time ago, someone asked the question:
“If you could pick just one food, and that food could be calorie-free for a day, what would it be?”
After a short pause, everyone offered their idea of the perfect calorie-free food. Pizza. Hamburgers. Bacon. Chocolate. Mexican food. Fried Chicken. While I was the one that suggested Mexican food, I was secretly thinking about my long-lost favorite, peanut butter. Years ago, when I found out peanut butter had 100 calories per tablespoon I quietly sighed to myself and said “Well, goodbye peanut butter.”
Fortunately, food technology has caught up with my taste for peanut butter in the creation of PB2. What is PB2? It’s made from, well, peanuts. Specifically, it’s made from roasted peanuts that have been 85% defatted and ground into a powder. It comes in two varieties, plain and with chocolate (pure genius!).
It’s about 22 calories per tablespoon and is appropriate for both Phase 1 (including Decision-Free) and Phase 2. It’s not exactly calorie-free, so we recommend using 1 level tablespoon (dry) per meal replacement.
What do you do with it? We gave samples to some of the folks at HMR and here are some of their ‘quick and easy’ ideas. Add a tablespoon of PB2 (dry – either type) to:
- Any vanilla or chocolate shake for a peanut butter shake
- Smoothies (try a banana-PB2 smoothie)
- Any vanilla or chocolate pudding (made with 70 Plus) for a peanut butter pudding
- Pudding with Fruit (try it with a diced Apple)
- Cooked Multigrain Hot Cereal
- Entrees (see the recipe below)
Thai Peanut Chicken
1 HMR Savory Chicken entree
2 cups broccoli florets
1 tablespoon regular PB2
1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
Optional Condiments: cilantro, green onions, red pepper flakes
Cook the broccoli to taste. Cut the chicken into strips from the Savory Chicken entrée. Mix the broccoli, Savory Chicken entrée, PB2, and soy sauce together. Microwave until hot, about 1 minute. Garnish with your choice of condiments.
2 Vegetable Servings
If you have PB2 recipes of your own you would like to share, please post them here.
To order PB2, contact your local HMR program.
About the Author
Keith Van Gasken began obesity treatment in a clinic setting in 1982, and has been with HMR since 1992. Roles have included health educator & mentor, as well as program and product development, with a special affinity for product & recipe development. He has maintained a 100-lb. weight loss since 1982.
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