One of my absolute favorite foods is peanut butter! It is a food that I can incorporate for any meal, snack and some beverages. However, you do have to watch the frequency of peanut butter because the calories and fat grams can quickly add up. And before you ask, yes the fat from peanut butter is a good fat because it comes from nuts instead of an animal but it is still a fat! The goal is 30% of our total calories to come from fat regardless of the source. So, there are some new products on the market that help you get that peanut butter flavor without all the calories and fat grams. Let me introduce you to the power of peanut powder.
The ingredients for peanut powder are simple: roasted peanuts. There are no added oils or sugar. Here is a comparison of peanut butter and the powder:
Nutrition Info Peanut Butter Peanut Powder
Serving size 2 Tbsp 3 Tbsp (which makes 2 Tbsp)
Calories 190 70
Total Fat 16 grams 2 grams
Sugar 3 grams 1 grams
Protein 7 grams 8 grams
One of the ways that I incorporate peanut powder is in my morning smoothie. If you enjoy bananas, this is a great recipe for you. Plus, it is the perfect way to incorporate those ripe bananas that you are getting ready to toss. Just peel them and freeze them in freezer bags and throw them in your smoothie.
Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- 5.3 ounces of plain non-fat Greek yogurt (single serving container size)
- 3 Tbsp peanut powder
- ½ c. almond milk (you can use unsweetened, vanilla or dark chocolate)
Blend and enjoy!