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PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter: Low Calorie, Low Fat Peanut Butter

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Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

Are you addicted to peanut butter? Do you find it hard to fit it into your diet since it is high in calories?

Peanuts have a high caloric density due to their high fat content. A serving (2 tablespoons) of regular peanut butter contains about 180-200 calories. Most peanut butter lovers could easily consume more than 2 tablespoons per day because it’s so tasty. Unfortunately, the calories can add up fast and hurt your waistline.

If you are seeking for a low calorie and low fat alternative to regular peanut butter, I suggest giving Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter a try.

What is PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter? PB2 is made from slow-roasted, high quality peanuts which have been pressed to remove the oil. PB2 has the same consistency as full fat peanut butter but nearly 85% less fat calories.

Each serving (2 tablespoons) of PB2 contains 45 calories while each serving (2 tablespoons) of regular peanut butter has 180-200 calories.

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Ingredients

Roasted peanuts, sugar and salt. PB2 is all natural and contains no artificial flavours, sweeteners or preservatives.

How to Use PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

There are so many ways to enjoy PB2, whether as entrees, snacks, beverages or desserts.
1. Simply mix PB2 with water to create a “traditional” peanut butter. Use it as a spread for sandwiches, toasts, crackers, apples, celery/carrot sticks and banana.
2. Mix PB2 with shakes, smoothies, yogurts and puddings.
3. Add PB2 to Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and protein drink for a high protein snack.
4. Add to oatmeal, quinoa, pancakes and crepes. 5. Use in baking (cookies, cakes) and cooking (stir fry, noodles, chicken in satay peanut sauce)
Where to Buy PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

Available in 2 flavours:
1. PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter: Available here
2. Chocolate PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter: Available here

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8 Healthy High Protein Snacks

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High protein snacks are ideal for satisfying hunger in between meals, late at night, pre-workout or when you are on the go. They are certainly better than high sugar or high carb snacks. Protein curbs your cravings and keeps you satiated. Unlike carbs, slow digesting protein does not spike your insulin and blood sugar.

High insulin and blood sugar levels cause fat storage and prevent fat loss. Not good at all if you are trying to lose excess fat or maintain your weight!

Here are some of the top 8 healthy high protein snacks…

1. Egg White
Egg white is an inexpensive source of high quality, lean protein. 1 large egg can easily provide 7 grams of protein (1 large egg white = 4 grams of protein).  Eggs are also rich in vitamins and minerals.

They are so easy and quick to prepare.

Check out these –> 5 ways to eat egg whites as a healthy late night snack

2. Beef Jerky
Beef jerky (or any other jerky: chicken, turkey, salmon) is high in protein and low in fat. It is an ideal savoury snack for satisfying your salty cravings.
Be aware that many jerky products contain artificial additives. However, you can still find good quality jerky products if you learn to read the label before buying. Here are some key things to look out for:
- no preservatives
- no nitrates/sodium nitrates
- no MSG
- no/low in sodium (salt)
- no artificial colours

Healthy Jerky Options
US Wellness Meats offer jerky products (turkey, beef and bison –> Available here) free of antibiotics, added hormones, nitrates/nitrites, MSG, additives, preservatives, dairy and gluten. Beef and bison products are 100% grass-fed. Hence, they contain higher conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and omega 3, and lower fat than grain-fed meat.

3. Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is a healthy high protein snack. One cup of cottage cheese has 28 grams of protein. Mix it with some fruits, nuts, nut butter, salsa or hot sauce for a quick and easy snack.

Click this link for more –> Cottage Cheese Snack Ideas 

4. Nuts
Nuts are convenient snacks to carry around with you. Being rich in protein, unsaturated fats and fiber, they are satiating and filling. Try combining a handful of your favourite nuts/mixed nuts with a piece of fresh fruit such as apple, berries or grapes.

5. Nut butter
Nut butter is more than just a spread for sandwiches. Whether it’s peanut (which is actually a legume), cashew or almond butter, you can enjoy it plain or with apple/carrot/celery sticks. Add nut butter to cottage cheese to increased the combined protein content.

If you like peanut butter but are concerned about the high calories, check out this low calorie peanut butter which contains only 45 calories per tablespoon (vs. 95 calories per tablespoon of regular peanut butter).

6. Deli Turkey Rollup
Turkey is a source of lean, slow digesting protein. Opt for deli turkey that is nitrite and nitrate free. Alternatively, you can make your own turkey breast slices.

Spread mustard, hummus or guacamole on a slice  of deli turkey or turkey breast. Then, layer one or  more of these fillings: avocado, bell pepper, carrot, cucumber, tomato or cheese. Roll up and enjoy!

7. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt contains twice the protein and half the sugar of regular yogurt. Choose unsweetened, plain greek yogurt. I prefer to add whole fruits to sweeten it but you can also use a natural sweetener such as stevia.

8. Protein Bars 
 Low carb, high protein bars a great alternative to candy bars for satisfying your sweet tooth.

Here are some of the best protein bars that provide 15-20g of high quality protein per serving –> 3 Best Protein Bars

 

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Are Apples A Good Late Night Snack?

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Apples are a good option for satisfying late night cravings.

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Fruits (apples & grapes) with protein (cheese & walnuts)

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Here’s why apples are a healthy late night snack: [Read more →]

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Is Peanut Butter A Good Late Night Snack?

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Peanut butter makes a great, heart healthy snack that is satisfying, filling and packed with nutrients. It is low in carbs and high in protein, so does not cause spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels.

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Peanut Nutritional Profile
Peanuts are nutrient dense foods. They are a source of: [Read more →]

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Is Cottage Cheese A Good Late Night Snack?

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Cottage cheese is a good choice for a late night snack. Here’s why….

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It is high in casein protein, which makes up almost 80% of all proteins in milk. Casein forms a clot in the stomach and is slow digesting. This makes cottage cheese an ideal food that provide [Read more →]

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4 Best Late Night Snacks For Weight Loss

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There is so much controversy about eating before bed. You’ve probably heard suggestions such as “Do not eat after 7pm”, “Do not snack before bedtime”… or you will gain weight.

There is really no right or wrong approach… Every individual is unique. Some people go to bed late, work out in the evening or have early dinner. Some are are athletes who have good glycemic control. Most of us are less active at night, probably spending the rest of the evening watching tv or in front of the computer. I suggest you [Read more →]

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Are Egg Whites a Good Late Night Snack?

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Egg whites are a great source of lean protein. They are low in calories and yet, the high quality protein fills you up and stimulates your metabolism.

Besides protein, eggs are packed with:
- vitamins: A, D, E, B vitamins, folate and choline
- minerals: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and selenium

Eggs are easy and quick to cook. They are inexpensive, so I always load up on and store them in the fridge.

Here are 5 ways to eat egg whites as a healthy late night snack.

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Tuna Stuffed Hard Boiled Eggs

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Is Avocado a Healthy Late Night Snack?

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Avocado is one of the most nutrient-dense fruits. It is a superfood that is good to have as a late night snack.

Why Avocado is a Healthy Late Night Snack [Read more →]

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7 Tips on How to Stop Sugar Cravings

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For many people struggling to lose weight, sugar intake has been identified as a major factor. The problem with sugar is that our bodies sometimes crave for it even when we don’t really need it. Most people simply don’t know how to stop sugar cravings and usually end up giving in to them.

Excessive consumption of sugar is the main cause of obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes.

Putting an End to Cravings

While for some, sugar cravings border on addiction, the vast majority of people can easily control them. The first step is to identify the signs that you are overly dependent on sugar which include:

- Feeling lethargic or lacking energy after having sugary foods
- Wanting sweets even when you feel full
- Difficulty losing weight even with an active lifestyle

It is not always as simple as avoiding buying sugary foods. When we crave sugar we will find ways to get a fix, so the goal must be to minimize cravings. This will not only be a boost for overall health, but it could also mean savings on groceries as well.

Here are 7 ways on how to stop sugar cravings[Read more →]

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3 Simple Tips to Beat Hunger

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Do you suffer from hunger while on a fat loss diet? If so, you are not alone. Hunger is one of the reasons most people fail to stick to a diet plan when trying to lose weight.

You probably find yourself giving in to hunger or cravings despite a strong will power. The key to successful weight loss is knowing how to beat hunger rather than resisting it.

Here are 3 simple tips to beat hunger and keep it at bay… [Read more →]

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