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goooood morning!

i’m feeling pretty darn good today- had an energizing, stick-to-your-ribs breakfast:

oats, bananas, and toasted walnuts w/ a hot green tea

 i can eat peanut butter by the spoon and jar-full. sucks that it’s almost 100 cals per tablespoon and 8 grams of fat (2 saturated) though.  i’ve tried adding it to my oats before, but 1 tbsp doesn’t provide a strong enough pb flavor, and anything over 2 makes the nutritional stats of my oatmeal skyrocket. you can’t just get all willy nilly with your pb serving sizes- it adds up so fast.  even nutella- it’s DELICIOUS (although way too high in sugar) but i honestly can’t stay under the recommended serving size sometimes.  let’s be real.  which brings me to a product that has very well changed my LIFE, overnight. thanks, Alli!!!

 PB2.  i can’t tell you how many times i walked past this stuff in the store thinking ‘uh, i bet that fake, powder pb crap tastes horrid.’ well my friends, let’s just say i was in my kitchen toasting bread at 11pm just so i could slather this stuff on there.  it comes in two flavors- original peanut butter and chocolate.  it’s in powder form, so there’s a little mixing required. no big deal.

2 tbsps of PB2 +

 1 tbsp of water and..

 BAM.  sweet, creamy, peanuty, chocolaty, the real deal.  i was immediately reminded of a pb smoothie my college roomy introduced me to @ Jamba Juice- Peanut Butter Moo’d.  i went to their site to check the nutritional stats on that thing and i was completely blown away.  it’s a DIET DISASTER.  for the original size, it’s 770 cals, 20 grams of fat, and 126 carbs.  however, can you believe we both used to get the Power size (one level above that)?! and NO we didn’t buy one and share either. my goodness- i don’t event want to know what those stats look like.  ironically, the power size isn’t even available anymore- maybe JJ saw just how ridiculous a 1000 calorie smoothie is. *shrugs*. man, we must’ve had crazy high metabolism back then. nevertheless, peanut butter everything (cookies, smoothies, etc,) seem to always be calorie/fat loaded…but now, just LOOK at these stats:

2 TBSPS

PB2 Peanut Butter Nutella

Cals

45 200

200

Fat

1g 16g

11g

Sat. fat

0g 3g

3.5g

Carbs

6g 6g

22g

Sodium

70mg 110mg

15mg

Protein

4g 8g

3g

Fiber

1g 3g

1g

Sugars 3g 3g

21g

all natural.  i can recognize and pronounce every single ingredient.

*faints*

i’m ok. next up, green tea. i am SO on the green tea kick.  i was going hard with coffee before i got preggo.  my OB told me to cool it, so my ‘addiction’ eventually wore off after going so long without it.   besides, i was only adding coffee to my cream and sugar- it has to be super sweet.  sure i used low cal sweetners like torani’s sugar-free vanilla syrup (great stuff) but ultimately, coffee does nothing for me but stain my teeth.  i occasionally have a treat from starbucks- a tall skinny vanilla latte when it’s cold out, and any of the light frappucino drinks in the summer.  but now, green tea is def my daily drink of choice these days.  i tried a different brand at WF- the ‘with white tea for a smoother taste’ sold me because green tea can leave quite a bitter aftertaste.

why you should drink green tea every day too:

  • aides in burning fat!!!! EGCG speeds up the rate at which fat is burned in your body which produces a faster metabolism.  music to my ears.
  • calorie free. long as you stick with those zero calorie sweeteners:)
  • provides stable energy. no spiking of your insulin levels which means no crashing and/or burning.  also wards off fatigue, irritability, and fatty food cravings. helps keep your appetite in check!
  • aides in lowering the risk of several types of cancers, including heart attack, and stroke.
  • antioxidant loaded = cell regeneration = 200 times more powerful than vitamin E when it comes to destroying those skin damaging, wrinkle causing free radicals.
  • the tannins in green tea help with digestion after a meal.  however they also give it that bitter aftertaste.  that’s nothing a little squeeze of lemon or lime can’t fix though!

*just a tip:  green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but consider switching to decaf if drinking before bed so you can get to sleep.  for real. staring at Sonny getting some good sleep gets old real fast.

le

7 replies »

  1. Hey Leah,
    Where can I buy PB-2 from (I have an addiction for honey roasted peanut butter). But I have had to cut waaaay back due to the calories.

    (I love your blog by the way, I have started making myself try a new recipe every week)

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    • hey, Cherie! i know right, honey roasted peanut butter is hard to put down! you can find the PB2 @ your nearest HEB. however, it will be by the bulk isle and not with the jarred PB.

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  2. Hmm it seems like your site ate my first comment (it was super long) so
    I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any recommendations for inexperienced blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.

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