Pump up your protein
Courtesy Shaw's Simple Swaps If you’re getting tired of using whey protein powder in smoothies or snacking on beef jerky in the day, you might want to check out PB2: powdered peanut butter. “PB2 is a powdered peanut butter, meaning it is dry roasted peanut powder with the oil extracted,” says Elizabeth Ann Shaw, Ms, RDN, CLT, of Shaw’s Simple Swaps. “Of course, there’s nothing wrong with layering peanut butter on toast or adding to it homemade granola bar recipes. But you can still get that creamy texture from PB2, but it has 85 percent fewer calories than natural peanut butter and supplies five grams of protein per two tablespoon serving. So, PB2 is a great alternative for those looking to save a few calories, but still enjoy the delicious taste of peanut butter.”
Because whey or casein protein can cause digestive issues in some—especially those with lactose intolerance or sensitivity, PB2 might be a good alternative. Just remember that when the oil is squeezed out of peanuts, you’re losing healthy monounsaturated fats and fat-soluble nutrients like vitamin E. If you’re OK with that, check out a few healthy recipes for putting PB2 to good use.
Perfect for parfait
Courtesy Shaw's Simple Swaps Take your morning Greek yogurt parfait up a notch in flavor and protein by adding PB2 to the mix. Shaw recommends using puffed amaranth, Greek yogurt, and PB2 powder, where the yogurt and PB2 are blended together and then layered alongside amaranth. This parfait is guilt-free and will keep you full, says Shaw. And, if you’d like to add fruit on top, she recommends strawberries, though any fruit will do. Get the recipe: Peanut Butter Parfait with Amaranth