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PB2: Peanut Butter Experience w/o the Guilt

12 Nov

PB2 is powdered peanut butter.  It is made with quality peanuts that are slow-roasted and then pressed to remove the fat.  You mix 2 TBSP of the powder with 1 TBSP of water and the result is peanut butter that is the texture and taste most similar to a natural peanut butter.

  

The biggest difference is in the nutrition facts.  Pictured below is the label of Skippy Reduced Fat Creamy Peanut Butter and PB2’s nutritional label.  180 calories/12 g fat/ 2 sat. fat/ 7 g protein (Skippy) versus 45 calories/1.5 g fat/0 sat. fat/ 5 g protein (PB2) per 2 TBSP.  I have enjoyed PB2 on a PB&J, with an apple as a snack, and in banana PB oatmeal.  I would not forego buying my Skippy Reduced Fat moving forward, but I certainly am pro keeping this around.  Additionally, a chocolate PB2 flavor is available.  I encourage you to give PB2 a go.  You can find it at your local grocery store for around $5/ jar (15 servings).  I have located it at Giant Food Store as well as WholeFoods so far.  Hope you’ll enjoy it!

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A Favorite Breakfast: Ah-sigh-eee Bowls from South Block Smoothie and Wrap Co.

17 May

Coco Rio Acai Bowl

By ah-sigh-eee, I mean acai bowl.  Many people, myself included, aren’t sure of the pronounciation at first so I thought I’d add that educational segment into this post.  South Block Smoothie & Wrap Co. is this fantastic spot walking distance from my house that offers a variety of healthy smoothies and wraps as well as espresso beverages.  Perhaps my favorite menu item however is their acai bowl, specifically the Coco Rio bowl. 

The Coco Rio bowl includes blended organic acai, strawberries, mangos, and passion guava juice and is topped with fresh banana, shredded coconut, and organic hemp and flaxseed granola.  It is very satisfying and under 400 calories.  Paired with an Iced Vanilla Latte or Nutella or Milky Way Latte (if you want to be a little sinner-ish), the Coco Rio bowl starts my day with a smile.  Bryan would argue the better day starter is the California Bowl.  I’ll have him give you his take…

Bryan on South Block’s California Bowl:

What Carrie fails to tell you is that this guy-yes, this guy- discovered this gem.  Although at first I pronounced it as ahhhh-kaaaaaaa (like a parrot), Carrie immediately corrected me that it was ah-sigh-eeeeeeeeee.

Anyways, Carrie thinks she is making the best choice by going with the Coco Rio bowl, however she is sorely mistaken and you should go with the California Bowl.  Don’t get me wrong, the Coco Rio bowl is delicious, but an added ingredient makes mine stand apart.  The California Bowl has acai, frozen blueberries and bananas, and soymilk all blended together to make a smoothie-like texture.  It is then topped with flaxseed granola,  fresh blueberries, and bananas.  What sets this one apart is (drum roll please)…adding peanut butter. Lots of it.  Once you add the creamy PB into the mix, the sweetness from the acai and fruit make it taste like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  It makes your mouth go ohhmmaalooooorddddd.

Who doesn’t love the taste of a cold PBJ topped with crunchy granola?  And for those Spartans out there, you can add a scoop of protein into the mix which doesn’t take away from any of the flavorful goodness.

Back to Carrie:

Well, the worst part of your trip to South Block is going to be deciding between these two delicious options.  Maybe go with a friend or your sig other so you can split?  Or simply go back multiple times!  When you try it once, I pretty much guarantee you will anyway.  Which one is making your mouth water the most?