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Justin’s Nut Butter

JustinsWhat do you think of when you want single portioned nut butters? I think of Justin’s  Nut butters that usually grace the bottom shelves of the Whole Foods nut butter/jam wall. The peanut butter are $0.69 a packet and the almond butter are $0.99 a packet. It is very easy to over eat with nut butters so I really like these pre-portioned packets. I eat more peanut butter and almond butter now because I can take them with me every where I go since these require no refrigeration. Simply just knead the packet before opening and squeeze the goodness out. Justin’s Nut butters offers 3 types of peanut butter and 3 types of almond butter for your choosing: Classic Peanut Butter, Honey Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Peanut butter, Classic Almond Butter, Honey Almond Butter, and Maple Almond Butter. Justin’s just launched their CHOCOLATE line: Chocolate Peanut butter, chocolate almond butter and chocolate hazel nut butter. So exciting. I wonder if the chocolate hazelnut butter will taste like Nutella?

Classic Peanut Butter: Smooth and easy to spread. No salt added so it is a on the bland side.

Honey Peanut Butter: The peanut butter is technically smooth, but at times, it felt a little nitty gritty. Must be from the honey powder and sea salt added to it. Since the salt and honey powder are added in crystal form, some bites of peanut butter is salt and some bites are had strong honey flavor. You really don’t know what sensation your taste buds will get until you taste it. I like the surprise. The combination of sea salt and honey powder makes this pb very savory, but not overly sweet. BTW, I was eating this plain with a spoon.

Cinnamon Peanut Butter: Your classic peanut butter with a hint of cinnamon. Very good on apples.

Classic Almond Butter: Delicious, but not as smooth as barney butter. Has a little gritty texture. Again, no salt so a little bland.

Honey Almond Butter: Delicious like the peanut butter version. Good almond butter taste. Had this on top of a homemade bran muffin. I don’t add any sugar to my muffins to this Honey AB complemented my muffin perfectly.

Maple Almond Butter: Tasted wonderful. The maple flavor is slight, but there. Almond butter is good, but almond butter with flavor is even better.

Honestly, I only use half of a packet eat time I use these Justin Nut butter squeeze packets. Luckily, Justin’s do carry smaller 100 calories versions. I pack my lunches with these easily portable packets. No mess, easy to squeeze, but if you want every single drop of it out of the squeeze pack, then it can get messy.

Nutritional Facts:
Almond Butters: One packet is 190-200 calories, 5 WW, 16-18 grams of fat (1.5 – 2 grams saturated), no cholesterol, zero to 65 milligram of sodium, 3 grams of fiber, 1-4 grams of sugar, and 6-7 grams of protein.

Peanut Butters: One packet is 180-190 calories, 5 WW, 15-17 grams of fat (2-3 grams saturated), no cholesterol, zero to 65 milligram of sodium, 2-3 grams of fiber, 1-2 grams of sugar, and 7 grams of protein.

Retails: $0.69/packet for PB & $0.99/packet for AB @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free (Won in Giveaway)
Calories: 190 to 200 per 2 tbsp
WW: 5

News:

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Once Again Nut Butter American Classic Smooth Organic Peanut Butter

OnceAgainOnce Again Nut Butter is a solid good and delicious organic creamy peanut butter. The website suggests to store in the fridge if you do not plan to finish an open jar within 6 months. With so many nut butters in the house all calling for my attention, there is no way I can finish the jar in so little time, so in the fridge it went. This happened by accident, but I love the result.  So the package came all bubble wrapped and the jar came facing down. Naturally, all the oil (not that there was a lot), settled on the bottom of the jar which was facing up. When I put the jar in the fridge (upright), the peanut butter harden a bit which resulted to all the oil being suspended on the bottom of the jar and I was left with creamy, less fat, easily spreadable, delicious peanut butter.  No stir peanut butters still has a little bit of oil separation no matter what and I always like to discard as much oil as I can. (According to Hungry Girl, for every 1 tablespoon discarded amounts to 120 calories and 13 grams of fat.) I think I am going to start storing all my nut butters upside down and let gravity help me “de-fat” my nut butters. Back the the peanut butter. This is your classic finger-licking, stick-to- the-top-of-your mouth, yummy peanut butter. Yes, this particular on has 4 ingredients which are: dry roasted organic peanuts, organic palm oil, organic sugar, and salt. But Once Again Nut Butter does have one that is unsalted and only has organic peanuts listed as their one and only ingredient. I can’t complain since this was what they sent me for filling out their survey. This classic Once Again Creamy Peanut butter is good when I am looking for a non dessert-like peanut butter. Two tablespoon (30 grams) is 190 calories, 5 WW, 15 grams of fat (3.5 grams saturated), zero cholesterol, 55 milligram of sodium, 7 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 2 grams of sugar and 7 grams of protein. Besides the classic smooth and crunchy peanut butters, Once Again offers almond butters, cashew butters, sunflower seed butter, tahini, and omega-3 enriched varieties.

Retails: $4.99 @ Henry’s Marketplace
My Cost: Free
Calories: 190 per 2 tbsp
WW: 4

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P.B Loco Coco Banana & White Chocolate Raspberry

PBLocoBanaBefore being involved with blogging, I was always deathly afraid of nut butters because of the calories and fat content. I was never really particular with my nut butters, I just get whatever was on sale. Usually, ONE jar of nut butter will last me a whole year and it expires on me before I would ever hit the bottom of the jar. Now, after seeing how all of you guys enjoy nut butters almost on a daily basis with a healthy and active lifestyle, I have fallen in love with nut butters all over again. Can’t imagine my life without it. Nut butters, especially peanut butter goes with everything. The healthy fats makes me fuller longer. There are so many different awesome dessert-like peanut butter on the market right now. P.B Loco has an wide selection of DELICIOUS and CREAMY peanut butters. So happy I got to try out 2 of their most popular flavors.

Coco Banana: Super creamy and easily spreadable. Love it to death. Both the banana and chocolate flavors were present and they complemented each other really well. Chocolate banana in a jar. Taste tested with a spoon and then made an Fitnestess’s famous oatmeal cookie with it and the results were AMAZING!! A wonderful chocolate banana oatmeal breakfast cookie which was super peanut buttery (I added some PB2 to it too). I just love this combination because whenever there is peanut butter, there is usually bananas so this peanut butter is just perfect for me. P.B Loco smoothie here I come!!

Nutritional Facts: Serving size 2 tbsp, servings per container: 14, Calories 190, Calories from fat 130, Total Fat: 14g , Saturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0g, Sodium: 140mg, Total Carbohydrates: 9g Dietary Fiber: 3g, Sugars: 5g, Protein: 6g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2% Ingredients: Peanuts, sugar, palm oil (non-hydrogenated), chocolate liquor, bananas, banana concentrate, and less than 2% of organic evaporated cane
juice, salt, cocoa butter, modified food starch, natural flavor from color (from annatto), soy lecithin, pure vanilla.

White Chocolate Raspberry: OMG, this is a delicious dessert peanut butter. I am not usually a fan of white chocolate (I find it too sweet), but this tasted amazing. Perfect blend of white chocolate and raspberry flavor. In the morning, I like to spread this on my Kashi waffles with sliced bananas and at night, I like to spread some on my vitatops. Wicked combination!!

Nutritional Facts: Serving size 2 tbsp, servings per container: 14, Calories 190, Calories from fat 130, Total Fat: 14g , Saturated Fat: 4.5g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0g, Sodium: 125 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 10 g, Dietary Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 7g, Protein: 6 g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2% Ingredients: Peanuts, sugar, cocoa butter, palm oil (non-hydrogenated), whole milk, raspberries, raspberry juice concentrate, and less than 2 percent of organic evaporated cane juice, salt, lactose and whey (from milk), elderberry juice concentrate, modified food starch, soy lecithin, natural flavor, locust bean and/or guar gum (natural emulsifier), pure vanilla

I love the creamy and spreadable texture of P.B Loco. They offer amazing flavor that I want to try them all out. I call these my “dessert” peanut butters because they instantly turn all my foods into desserts. When you have a jar of P.B Loco in hand, you can turn anything that is lack luster and bland into delicious drool worthy food. Best of all, these do not need to be refrigerated, but also contains no hydrogenated oils. P.B Loco has the most interesting flavors in like PB with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, PB with Caramel Apple AND PB with Asian Curry Spices? I wonder what a curry pb would taste like.

P.S:  You will receive coupons to use at P.B.Loco’s online store if you sign up for “Free Stuff” on the right side of the page on pbloco.com.  Also, they are running a buy 5 get 1 free promotion that ends on June 10, 2009. Use the code: “TISNFH” at checkout.

Retails: $6.95 @ P.B Loco
My Cost: Free
Calories: 190 per 2 tablespoon
WW: 4

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FitNutz Powder Peanut Butter

fitnutzDid you know that PB2 is not the only powered peanut butter on the market? If you like PB2, then I’m sure you guys will like FitNutz. Taste yummy in just about anything. I love adding this in Fitnessista’s oatmeal cookies in addition to some regular delicious peanut butter. Makes the cookie extra peanut buttery without all the fat and calories. Whoever first thought of powered peanut butter is a GENIUS I tell you. FitNutz offers Regular, Chunky (with real peanut bits inside) and Pro (which has more fatty acids for the active peeps out there.) The calorie ranges from 50 to 60 calories per 2 tbsp. Besides having less fat and few calories than most conventional peanut butters, these are also gluten free, no trans fat, and has not added hydrogenated oils. The simple ingredients includes: peanuts, sugar and salt. Simple yet so delicious. As with normal powered peanut butter, FitNutz is very versatile, works well in recipes, as toppings, in shakes (my fave), in dressings, in oatmeal cookies (my second fave), or just by itself (adjust water to create the consistency of your own liking.) People are so creative with their powered peanut butters these days that I can hardly keep up. FitNutz comes in resealable plastic pouch packaging which makes it light and very convenient to take it with you where every you go. Also, they offer sample packs for just $1.99 plus $3.00 shipping so you can try out all three varieties before you go ahead and purchase the variety of your choice.

Regular: Two tablespoons (13g) is 50 calories, 1.5 grams of fat (no saturated or trans), no cholesterol, 40 milligram of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of sugar and 6 grams of protein.

Chunky: Two tablespoons (13g) is 50 calories, 1.5 grams of fat (no saturated, or trans), no cholesterol, 40 milligram of sodium, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.

Pro: Two tablespoons (13g) is 60 calories, 2.5 grams of fat (no saturated or trans), no cholesterol, 30 milligram of sodium, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 2 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

Retails: $4.99 to $5.49 per 5 ounce bag @ FitNutz
My Cost: Free
Calories: 50 to 60 per 2 tbsp
WW: 1

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PB2

pb2PB2 is a very interesting concept. Removing most of the fat from the peanut butter and reducing it into a powdered form. Great find for those who what to skimp out on some calories and still enjoy the flavor of peanut butter. Adding 1 tablespoon of water to 2 tablespoon of PB2 powder will yield a decent amount of peanut butter and you can adjust the consistency of it by twitching the amount of water you add. There are many ways to use PB2 to create a slightly lower in calories PB flavored treat of your liking. One serving (2 tbsp) has 53.2 calories, 1.87 g of fat, 77.6 g of sodium, 3.4 grams of carbs, .48 grams of fiber, 1.66 grams of sugar, and 5.65 grams of protein. The stats for the chocolate flavored one is pretty similar, just a little lower in sodium and protein. I prefer using PB2 as an ingredient instead of using it like a regular peanut butter spread. I thought it tasted great in my frozen banana smoothie. I also tried it out as a base for my normal peanut butter, as suggested by Marian, and it worked well too. PB2 is very versatile and I would keep some around for baking treats, making sauces, and for smoothies.  I wonder how long it will take for other nut butter varieties to be “defatted” and turned into powdered form? How do you use your PB2?

** Note: PB2 is having a sale online.  Promotion ends April 5, 2009. **

Retails: about $3.99 per jar online (shipping not included)
My Cost: Free Sample Packets
Calories: 53 per 2 tbsp
WW: 1

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Barney Butter Almond Butter

03-05-09_1832Love it, love it, love it!! I must be the last person on the planet to try Barney Butter. Big thanks to Jennifer over at Barney Butter for sending me these little packets to try out. These must be a god-sent-gift for those with peanut allergy. Barney butter is creamy and rich. Taste just like peanut butter without actually being peanut butter. I like these little packets makes it super easy to pack it for a on-the-go snack. Almonds are much more expensive than peanut butters, but they are worth the price since almonds are nutritionally superior to peanuts since they have less saturated fat. Also, Barney Butter has no trans fat, no hydrogenated oils, and are high in magnesium and vitamin E. No way am I going to give up my peanut butter, but Barney Almond Butter is going to be a staple in the house as well.

Retail: $7.99 to $9.99 online
My Cost: Free from PR Peeps
Calories: 90 calories a packet (1 tbsp)
WW: 2

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Naturally Nutty Peanut Butter

01-19-09_1604Big thanks to Katie over at Naturally Nutty for sending these over. I got to try out three flavors. Ranking in terms of my preference: Butter Toffee > Chocolate Butter Toffee > Vanilla. These are all natural, smooth, no stir and enriched with flax seed and hemp seed to boost our daily omega fatty acids. As much as I like traditional peanut butters, flavored ones are really wonderful too. The texture is smooth and the flax/hemp seeds are blended so well that I can barely tell that these are enriched. Gourmet peanut butters are such a wonderful treat. I like how these are stored in glass jars, but my only complaint is that the packaging is not tamper proof. No seal or air pressured cap which pops after opening. Like most nut butters, adding a tablespoon or two to my normal eats gives my meals/snack extra staying power. Although these are not USDA certified organic, I noticed that these contain a lot of organic ingredients. No cholesterol, trans fat or hydrogenated oils!! Hope these become more readily available everywhere soon.

Retails: $6.75 per 15 oz jar (online)
My Cost: Free
Calories: 180 calories per 2 tbsp
WW: 4

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