PB2 vs Regular Peanut Butter


One thing you should know about me is that I have a crazy obsession with peanut butter. I don't just use it for the typical sandwich spread and apple dip, I literally eat peanut butter by the spoonful. At one point, it was multiple spoonfuls every day. It was kind of a problem.

Now don't get me wrong, peanut butter is very nutritious. It's a great source of protein, iron, vitamin E, and folate. But when you peanut butter the way that I peanut butter, the calories and fat content really start to add up. About two years ago, I wanted to slim down a bit. I knew that because I ate peanut butter in such excess, this was a part of my diet that would make sense to try to rein in. Unfortunately, my effort to eat less of the gooey goodness was a complete failure. I started to look into some healthier substitutes for my beloved Jif.

I very quickly came across PB2 by Bell Plantation. PB2 is an all-natural peanut butter powder that is commonly mixed with water to make a spread. (There are a ton of other ways to use it, though!) I know, powdered peanut butter didn't sound too delicious to me either, but I decided it was worth a shot after comparing its nutritional label to that of regular peanut butter.

Regular PB: 190 cals, 16g fat, 7g carbs, 8g protein, 3g fiber, 0mg sodium, 3g sugar
PB2: 45 cals, 1.5g fat, 5g carbs, 5g protein, 2g fiber, 94mg sodium, 1g sugar

Yep, that's 85% fewer calories and 90% less fat. Peanut butter powder didn't seem so bad after all. And when I finally tried it, it really wasn't!

I now use this stuff almost every day. For my purposes (cutting back on fat and calories while still getting my PB fix), PB2 is the perfect solution. Even some of its popular criticisms work in a positive way for me.

1.    It is not as convenient as regular peanut butter.
This is actually helpful to me for 2 reasons. Since I have to go through the extra step of mixing it with water, I can't just open the jar and dip out a heaping 200+ calorie spoonful. If I want the right consistency, I must measure out the amount of powder and water. This makes me think twice before I snack and also makes me conscious of my portion size.

2.    It is expensive.
My reasoning for this goes hand in hand with my reasoning in number 1. Since it is not as convenient to eat, I end up eating less of it. My PB2 ($7) lasts about 2 times as long as my Jif ($3) ever did, so the amount of money I spend personally is about the same.

3.    It doesn't have the protein, iron, vitamin E, and folate that regular peanut butter has.
True, but it also doesn't have the calories. Because of this, I have some extra calories to spend on getting those nutrients elsewhere in my diet.

4.    It doesn't taste like regular peanut butter.
I don't think it does either, but I really enjoy the taste anyway. To me, it tastes more natural. This makes me feel less guilty about eating it.

For my purposes, a peanut butter addict interested in being a little more conscious of her health and weight, PB2 was a lifesaver. I still use regular peanut butter from time to time, but I think I'm hooked on PB2 for life.



I dont think I have ever been so excited about a product. I didnt know this existed but now that I do, I am definitely going to try it. I LOVE peanut butter, but i really dont love all of the calories. Thanks for the awesome suggestion.
Another healthier alternative to PB is almond butter... http://www.3fatchicks.com/5-health-benefits-of-almond-butter/
I often swap my PB for this!!

I am an avid peanut butter eater as well so trust me i feel your pain when it comes to the huge calorie intake you get when you eat it by the spoonful more than once a day (i'm guilty of this as well). I hadn't heard of PB2 until my roommate got it the other day and was talking about how its basically the same just healthier. I have yet to try PB2 but after reading your article and seeing that it is better but still somewhat the same i am definitely willing to give it a shot! For those reading this and not willing to give powdered peanut butter a chance but are still interested in eating a healthier peanut butter should definitely check out this website (http://www.snack-girl.com/snack/peanut-butter/) to see which kind of regular peanut butter is healthiest.

Hi Amanda!

I didn't think anyone else knew about PB2 besides my family!! Haha, my family is obsessed with peanut butter. My mom especially puts it in everything. We first bought regular skippy peanut butter, then organic peanut butter, and then we were introduced to PB2. Since then, it is all we use, all the time! You are 100% right that it is more cost efficient and healthier than regular peanut butter! Another awesome thing about PB2 is that there's so much you can do with it! Since we started eating PB2, my family has come up with some pretty awesome ways to cook with it. We put it in smoothies, stir frys, cookies, and even popcorn. If you're interested in some awesome check out this pinterest page!! http://www.pinterest.com/gg555/pb2-recipes/


Hi Gabrielle! I'm glad to hear you're so excited to try PB2! When I'm at home, I stock up on it at my local GNC to avoid the shipping and handling costs of ordering online. But, since you seem like you want to try it right away, you should go through Lucky Vitamin! (http://www.luckyvitamin.com/p-280945-pb2-powdered-peanut-butter-65-oz) I have an account with them and they always email me great deals. And about almond butter--I've never had it but I've heard great things! Maybe I'll switch up my PB2 routine and give it a shot.

Hi Victoria! I agree that for my purposes, it is a healthier alternative to regular peanut butter. However, when I was reading Food Babe's blog (http://foodbabe.com/2012/09/16/the-truth-about-pb2-powdered-peanut-butter/), I realized whether or not it is "healthier" depends on your definition of "healthy." For me, "healthier" is less calories, less fat, and less preservatives. Food Babe thinks that it is not as healthy because it is not a "real whole food" nor is it "organic." For people that agree with her, your link is a great help!

Hi Megan! I'm happy to find another PB2 lover! Cooking and I don't get along very well so I haven't tried using PB2 in any cool ways... Adding it to my protein shakes and oatmeal is about as creative as I get. I would have never thought to add it to my popcorn or stirfry, but I'll have to try it out since the flavors sound so interesting. Speaking of interesting flavors, has your family ever tried chocolate PB2? I'm an even bigger chocolate addict than I am a peanut butter addict, so I live for this stuff. Check it out here! http://www.bellplantation.com/products/chocolate-pb2.html

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