The Beach and Powdered Peanut Butter

Evening friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful week. In case you haven’t heard, the first NFL game of the season is tonight. This means Isaac is glued to the TV so I figured now would be a great time to work on a blog post. As I mentioned in my last post, we went to the beach for Labor Day weekend. It was a relaxing couple of days with beautiful weather, good company and great food. We were staying with Jess, one of my bridesmaids and bff from high school, at her family’s house in Nags Head. Her mom and dad made us dinner both nights we were there and we ate like kings (and queens). 

Beach food

We had crabs and shrimp one night and cobia the next, lots of grilled veggies and fresh salads. I love crabs and rarely get to eat them so having them was a real treat. One of my favorite dishes from the weekend was the sesame grilled eggplant that Jess’ dad made. 

grilled eggplant

I actually found the recipe for the grilled Japanese eggplant online and made a roasted version last night for dinner. It was so good!!

From the looks of all the food photos one might think all we did was eat, but I promise we did other stuff as well. Jess and I went for a run one day and a bike ride the next. We swam in the ocean, played cards, relaxed and simply enjoyed the final weekend of summer. 

We even woke up early one morning to stroll the beach while the sun rose. 

sunrise

Doesn’t get much better this.

Here’s Jess, Patrick and Frisco. 

jess and patrick

and Isaac and I.

beach

Another highlight of the trip was trying this new-to-me powdered peanut butter from Just Great Stuff. 

Just Great Stuff powdered peanut butter

If you haven’t heard of powdered peanut butter, it’s a low-calorie alternative to peanut butter with 85% less calories from fat. The peanut powder is made by squeezing oil out of roasted peanuts. To use it, you mix the powder with a little bit of water and it forms into a spread with a similar constancy to peanut butter and the same great flavor. The best part is that you can eat two Tablespoons for 45 calories instead of the 180-190 found in regular peanut butter. 

Jess bought the Just Great Stuff (JGS) brand from Wegman’s before the trip and brought it for us to try over the weekend. I’m pretty much hooked on Bell Plantation’s PB2, so naturally I was really excited to try this brand. As it turns out, I think I might like it better than PB2. I haven’t done a side-by-side comparison, but the consistency of JGS is more similar to regular peanut butter than PB2 is and it has a little crunch to it, which I like. It’s also organic (PB2 isn’t) and it’s sweetened with coconut sugar instead of regular sugar like PB2. The only downside is that Just Great Stuff is more expensive than PB2. I want to buy my own jar of JSG soon, but I’ll probably continue to use PB2 as well. 

I realize that fat and calories aren’t bad for you and I’ll NEVER give up eating regular nut butters. But on the other hand, I’m definitely a volume eater and it’s nice to have a low-cal powdered peanut butter on hand for certain things:

  • It’s great mixed into cottage cheese and plain greek yogurt
  • It makes a lovely, low-cal protein pancake or oatmeal topping
  • I love using it in smoothies (good examples include the Green Elvis and this Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie)
  • Light peanut sauces
  • Eating by the spoonful <– There is built-in portion control because you only mix up how much you’re going to eat at once. Plus, you’re less likely to dip the spoon back in for “one more bite”  because eating powder by the spoonful just isn’t very appealing. :)

Have you tried powdered peanut butter before? What’s your favorite thing to make with it?

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  1. Oh yum yum YUM!!! I am just itching for the day when I finally find some JGS. I make almond butter at home and it is easily one of my favorites but this would help so much with controlling my overconsumption of healthy fats. But hey, a girls gotta have her fats, yuh know?? :)

  2. I LOVEEEE powdered pb! I get the huge bag from iHerb.com.. its like $11 for a HUGE HUGE portion. You gotta try it! http://www.iherb.com/Protein-Plus-Roasted-All-Natural-Peanut-Flour-32-oz-907-g/36231?at=0 I love making pancakes with it or microwave cakes, YUM.

    your food at the beach looks awesome and what a freakin view as the sun was rising!! Happy-almost-thursday!

  3. I just recently tried PB2 for the first time and loved it, but also can’t figure out what to do with it. I usually only eat PB straight out of the jar and you can’t really eat PB2 plain so I’ve got half a jar in the pantry waiting to be used still. I will definitely look out for this kind!

  4. Peanut flour is a great high-protein substitute for wheat flour in baked goods. PLUS it makes them taste like peanut butter – a win all around.

  5. Yummm!!! I definitely want to try that powdered peanut butter, although I’ve been happy to see PB2 at Martins, which means no more ordering it online! I definitely agree that it’s perfect for volume eating, haha. I also love using it just like protein powder in a smoothie!

  6. Oh my gosh I have never heard of powdered PB before! Where do you think you can get it in Richmond? Or do you have to order it online?

  7. What a fantastic weekend! I absolutely love seafood :D

  8. I wish I could grab some of that bruschetta straight from the pages of your blog! ;)

    Looks like you had a great weekend. Camping with friends is the best!

  9. I just bought this because it was the only kind my health food store carried (they didn’t have PB2).. I like it! But def with you on liking the regular fats too, can’t get enough of my sunbutter haha

  10. I, too, am in LOVE with Just Great Stuff Powered Peanut Butter! I try to limit myself to a few tablespoons a day (I could eat all of it) and have found that you can put it in or on just about anything. My new love is Kroger’s Carbmaster banana cream yogurt and about half a teaspoon of the powered peanut butter! It tastes just like a peanut butter and banana sandwich, without the calories! It is a perfect dessert at night.

  11. that morning beach pic is gorgeous!!!!!! glad u had fun!! :)

  12. I love making overnight oats with PB2 and sliced bananas….it’s my favorite flavor!

  13. I LOVE chocolate pb2, so I’ll definitely have to try this stuff!

  14. Wow your beach pictures are amazing, and that food looks delicious. Making me hungry again! I wish they did powdered almond butter…totally addicted to it but have no control over my portions!

  15. I just used my pb2 yesterday in a smoothie so I’m interested that there is another powdered peanut butter out there! It is really nice when you want the taste of peanut butter but are watching the cals.

  16. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE powdered peanut butter, but always catch so much crap for it!! I’m so glad to see that others love it too =) I agree that I will always love my regular nut butters (I’m a crunchy almond butter kinda girl), but I love the powdered stuff for a sweet treat in the evening & to add to my green smoothies. I’ll have to see if I can find this brand anywhere near me.

  17. I love powdered peanut butter! I use it in raw banana ice cream and smoothies but my favorite are my Chocolate Chip PB2 Balls. I have the recipe on my blog – http://veganroadrunner.blogspot.com/p/recipes.html?recipe_id=6018278

    Sometimes I use dried cranberries instead. So yummy! :)

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