This post will be pretty random, much like my Saturday today. My post includes a dinner, a review, and a workout. My day includes a workout, Farmer’s Market, laundry, nail painting session, possibly some pool time, reading (I just started Fifty Shades of Grey), and other assorted errands.
This past Thursday, Jonny and I went over to our friends’ Diana and Andy’s (DiAndy) new apartment. They cooked dinner for us and did quite a fine job! We started with some hummus and toasted pita, and then moved on to the main course.
Salmon, asparagus, and kale chips. The salmon (prepared by Andy) had some sort of brown sugar and barbecue sauce mixture on top and was cooked to perfection! The kale chips (prepared by Diana) were nice and crispy – very good for Diana’s first time making them. Good work! 🙂 The asparagus weren’t bad either. We ended the evening with some dessert of angel food cake, strawberries, blackberries, and cool whip. Good food, good friends, good fun.
Now let’s talk peanut butter. I love the stuff and sometimes
smear it all over my face eat it multiple times a day. I don’t, however, love all the calories and fat in packs. Calories and fat are essential to a daily diet, but peanut butter is definitely loaded with them. The one and only downfall of peanut butter. (It doesn’t really make me eat it any less though.) Now there is something that can take the place of peanut butter: PB2. The kind souls at PB2 sent me their PB2, Chocolate PB2, and their PB Thins to try out.
PB2 is powdered peanut butter. They removed 85% of the fat calories. All you have to do is mix some powder with water and you have a peanut butter-like taste. It’s definitely not peanut butter, but the flavor is there. In two tablespoons of PB2, there are 45 calories (compared to the 190 in regular peanut butter). The crackers were good, too, but I didn’t like how the serving size was in grams. In 22 grams, there are 100 calories. That’s great and all (I think), but I have no idea how much 22 grams is.
I have been finding lots of ways to use the PB2 in replacement of regular peanut butter. I made a snack yesterday that consisted of a caramel rice cake with PB2 on top.
Jonny approved. Not a filling snack, but definitely a lower calorie snack. A more balanced snack I made was cottage cheese, chopped apples, and PB2.
Now this was a filling snack with the protein from the cottage cheese, fiber from the apple, and peanut butter flavor to pull it all together. Last week I made a gigantic pancake and wanted to smother it in peanut butter.
I used PB2 mixed with water and chia seeds and had a wonderfully thick topping! This was probably my favorite way to use the PB2, but other tasty ways included on top of my toast or in my smoothies/shakes. PB2 is a great replacement for peanut butter for those who are watching their calories and fat. I don’t believe that peanut butter is bad for you, just like everything else, it’s fine in moderation. But PB2 does have a good pb flavor and is preservative-free.
Speaking of moderation, several pieces of my cookie brownie cheesecake were consumed. It was all balanced out by my daily workouts, so itz all good. 🙂 The other day I didn’t feel like heading to the gym, so I used my basement instead. I ran a mile on the treadmill (#RWRunStreak), then walked at a 10.0 incline for 20 minutes. I wasn’t quite ready to be done with my workout, so I threw together a quick circuit.
I liked it. It wasn’t super hardcore, but it did keep my heart rate up. After three times through I took a stretching break and decided I had enough energy to pound out two more rounds. At home workout complete.
Where will your Saturday take you?