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JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,509
6/3/14 11:13 A

Walmart has PB2 in some stores (mine does, though I do live in a suburb of a metro area) and carries a few different kinds that have no added sugar or oil - just peanuts and salt. My grocer also sells fresh ground in the deli (peanuts and salt).

And Russell is right - healthy depends on your nutritional needs. I don't need to watch sodium, but I try to limit added sugars as I have a sweet tooth monster.

Personally, the healthy aspect of PB is controlling portion size. I could eat spoonfuls, but choose just a TBSP.

NIKEBUNNY Posts: 191
6/3/14 10:46 A

Can you find Teddie in your area? It's at all the grocery stores where I am (even Target, Stop & Shop, Shaw's--not just at Whole Foods) and is just peanuts & salt. You can also get the one that is unsalted, and the ingredient is just peanuts. My husband and I are trying to reduce our sugar intake, and that meant ditching Skippy (we like Skippy Natural), but Teddie is also delicious!

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
6/3/14 8:04 A

I but the low Sodium Jif when i want peanut butter. My only concern is the Na, and it has 80 mg per 2 Tbsp.

Healthy is relative to your health concerns.

NYXWOLFWALKER SparkPoints: (161,906)
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6/3/14 1:07 A

why not make your own nut butter, its easy enough to do .. soke raw nuts over night, add to blender, add in oil and any sweetener you might like (honey, maple syrup) blend until well combined add water is needed to make it really smooth and store in fridge for up to a week.

we make our own nut betters (mostly cashew, but peanut as well) because we've found its much safer to do so for us as family.

ZORBS13 SparkPoints: (158,887)
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6/2/14 7:38 P

kraft has one that's peanuts only.

SWAMPSPARROW SparkPoints: (3,451)
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6/2/14 6:30 P

I enjoy having one TBL of peanut butter on one slice of whole grain bread for breakfast.

RAYLINSTEPHENS Posts: 37,412
6/2/14 6:29 P

I buy PB2 at Amazon.com in bulk but I know you can try a smaller 6.5oz jar sold in many places like BigLots and I think even Wal-mart.

I use Store Brand PB and thin it with a tsp of Smuckers No-Sugar Breakfast Syrup although you can also thin it with water or yogurt - I don't care for it thinned with yogurt and the water and No-Sugar Breakfast Syrup adds way less calories than the yogurt.

I weigh out the PB into an applesauce cup and thin it with water. Then add the dry PB2 and add the N-S Syrup and stir it. Tastes just like the PB straight only quite a savings on the calories. You can stop by my page and look in my Nutrition Tracker to verify this if you want. My trackers are open to the public.

Now, the amounts can vary depending on what you are going to do with it - me, I just like my PB pretty much on a spoon, lol.

So, I am using 33grams (2 TBL) regular PB & 1 tsp water; 3 TBL PB2 with 2-3 tsp syrup.
This makes 1/4 cup peanut butter - 253 calories, 21 carbs, 16 grams fat, 271 sodium, 5 fiber, 14 protein, and no cholesterol.

You most likely would be able to do better, but at least this does give you an idea. You can always buy Natural Peanut Butter too.

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6/2/14 3:31 P

My family Loves peanut butter! So far I have lost about 70 lbs and Eat Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwichs for lunch about 3 times a week! I buy store brand, either creamy or chunky although I fine the chunky more filling. Reduced Fat peanut butters add more salt and sometime sugar so read labels. Beware the ones called "peanut butter spreads" . Peanut butter contain Omega 3's so a healthy fat, along with protien and other nutrients. Healthy and Natural, Can't do any better than that! PB2-powdered, is ok to use in recipes, not so great making sandwichs though.

Edited by: MAY170 at: 6/2/2014 (15:35)
JWOOLMAN SparkPoints: (2,306)
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6/2/14 2:52 P

You also can ask local store managers if you can special order anything. They often have access to a lot more brands than they carry.

Also you can use any blender to make a little peanut butter from peanuts available in the typical grocery store without any fuss. You don't need to roast them unless that's your preference, of just use already roasted peanuts.. You don't need to add oil to peanuts or cashews, they are oily enough to blend well. Just tamp it down periodically to keep it hitting the blades (carefully! Or turn it off) and let it run as long as needed. Don't put too much in at once unless you have a Vitamix... Scraping the bowl is a lovely experience.

JWOOLMAN SparkPoints: (2,306)
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6/2/14 2:39 P

My local has Smucker's which is just peanuts and salt. They used to have a cheaper regional one that was even better: Algood. I like the stirrable kind, if too much oil then just drain some off for cooking or adding back toward the end of the jar if it gets dry.

Also look at Walmart.com and Amazon especially - if you buy enough stuff at once, you can usually get free shipping. Just only use PayPal on Walmart.com, my account has been hacked twice. They automatically save credit card info and aren't very secure and don't blink when a customer in Illinois suddenly has a very different kind of order delivered to Georgia... (no problem with Amazon). Anyway, they have some peanuts-only options. The typical supermarket brands now labeled natural have oil and sugar added and they aren't as tasty.

SWAMPSPARROW SparkPoints: (3,451)
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5/29/14 8:24 P

Stores have all kinds of tricks. Once Walmart had either a three pack or six pack of canned tuna, I forget which. Individual cans of the same tuna figured out to cost less than buying those in the multi-pack. (There was nothing special about the pack.)

I can't wait to check on what peanut butter is available, from all the suggestions people have made.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 15,427
5/29/14 10:32 A

That is interesting Anarie. I would wager that all grocery stores figure out how to do that.

Always check the prices of both the national brand and the store brand. One time I was shopping and the store brand was $7 and the Smuckers was $4. Both natural peanut butter. People just assume that the store brand will be cheaper.

CDMYERS1 Posts: 950
5/27/14 2:50 P

PB2 is a great alternative to the store peanut butters added with surgar and oil. 45% less calories than regular peanut butter. This is a powder that you add water to make the peanut butter consistency. Great taste!

ANARIE Posts: 13,034
5/27/14 1:48 P

Sunflower used to be part of Wild Oats/Sprouts/Henry's, I think (and now they compete), so they probably still carry a store brand that's just peanuts and salt. And as others have said, Smuckers and Laura Scudders are both national brands. One tip for both Walmart and Kroger-- buy your natural peanut butter on the peanut butter aisle, not on the natural foods aisle. Both of those stores are known to sometimes sell the exact same product for different prices depending on which shelf it's on. They do the same with Kashi cereals.

And to tell the truth, I will sometimes even buy cheap pb that has partially hydrogenated oil. I won't buy any other product with hydrogenated oils, but when the first alarms went out about trans fats, there were instantly a bunch of analyses and studies of peanut butter because children eat so much of it. As it turns out, the amount in peanut butter is so tiny that you would have to eat the whole jar of the worst brand to get up to the daily limit of trans fat. Most cheap brands didn't have even one whole gram of trans fat in the whole jar-- so the amount you would get from one serving a day wouldn't have any effect. It's like the difference between yellow apples and red apples. If you have to spend an extra five minutes in your car to get to the store with the natural peanut butter, the pollution you breathe on that trip will do you more harm than the cheap peanut butter would.

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,070)
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5/27/14 1:46 P

Both local supermarket chains I shop at have a store-brand all-natural (either just peanuts or peanuts and salt) peanut butter. Also, there are some national brands (like Smuckers, mentioned previously) that now have a "natural" variety.

LDWATKINS1 SparkPoints: (75,933)
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5/27/14 12:47 P

Adams 100% natural peanut butter. The ingredients list is peanuts and less than 1% salt. I can get it at Walmart.

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5/27/14 11:24 A

I like skippy natural, especially since they have a honey roasted chunky one. (and it's cheap). They use palm oil in addition to peanut oil, this does not concern me, oil is oil in my experience. Also, I think nut butters without sodium taste gross, so I am not particularly concerned about the small amount of sodium in nut butters and regret the time I bought a no-sodium one at Trader Joe's.

I think the most important thing is to pick one without added sugars, not to avoid ones that have non-peanut oils, unless you are specifically averse to it. Homemade nut butters have oil added, too, and unless you buy the specific oil when you make something, it will have whatever is on hand, like when I made pecan nut butter with peanut oil. If you don't want added sugar, you can't have the honey ones, or any of the others that add it just 'cause.

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5/27/14 1:56 A

If you have a Wal-Mart, they sell Smucker's Natural

Ingredients
PEANUTS, CONTAINS 1% OR LESS OF SALT.


and it is not overly expensive.



LILSPARKGIRL Posts: 2,740
5/27/14 1:00 A

I just pick the one with peanuts and salt. Laura Scudder's is a national brand I think. It's at Kroger! http://www.laurascudderspeanutbutter.com/p
roduct?gclid=CKGG_O-oy74CFcRbfgodc5QAug

Looks like walmart sells it too. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Laura-Scudder-39
-s-Nutty-Peanut-Butter-16-Oz/10308150

Edited by: LILSPARKGIRL at: 5/27/2014 (01:02)
LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,332
5/27/14 12:22 A

Our local Walmart has a lot of different kinds of peanut butter. Some are labeled natural, reduced fat, low sodium or low sugar. You have to decide what you can eat and then look at labels.


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5/26/14 10:50 P

I recommend unsweetened almond butter.

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5/26/14 10:09 P

I use Smuckers ... no sugar added.

MAMA_CD Posts: 1,505
5/26/14 9:30 P

I just buy any "just nuts" peanut butter if it's from a grocery store. I also order offline PB2 if I don't want the fat in my peanut butter. Sometimes I mix them together, the real with the PB2

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5/26/14 5:51 P

Thanks! Krogers is a good suggestion. I forgot that once in a while I'll go there. It is a 50 mile drive one way, but whenever I have another reason to make the drive I'll always hit Krogers and also the Asian Mart in the same town. I'll start making a list of things to check for in Kroger's. Meanwhile, I'll do some label reading at Walmart. I also need to look for some low sodium or no salt canned tomatoes. No Publix is available unfortunately. I think the nearest one is almost 200 miles.

NIRERIN Posts: 13,688
5/26/14 5:27 P

label reading. i highly doubt that either of those stores won't have at least one peanut butter with an ingredient list that consists only of "peanuts, salt." and that's what you're looking for. you just have to spend some time reading until you figure out which jar is the one with only that in it. publix and target definitely carry store brands that are just those two ingredients. i assume walmart would as well, i just don't shop there so i cannot confirm.


MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 15,427
5/26/14 5:25 P

It seems like all the national brands now make natural peanut butter. And there is probably a store brand natural PB.

I always read the label and get the one with two ingredients.

NEWWIFENEWLIFE SparkPoints: (8,865)
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5/26/14 4:53 P

Hi there!! I live in the middle of nowhere and we have a Walmart 20 minutes away and Dollar General... the options are just so overwhelming sometimes. Anyway I usually look for my peanut butter at Kroger and buy a few at a time because it is a long long drive for me. The reason why is Kroger has a really good store brand natural peanut butter for $2 and some change. This won't help you since you don't have one within driving distance so Walmart... we have a small name peanut butter brand that I found at Walmart. It has peanuts and salt in it. I liked it a lot and it wasn't expensive. If you don't have that (sorry I can't remember the name) I would go in one day you have a bit of extra time and just start flipping jars around and looking at the ingredient list. Something I have noticed is sometimes the off brand and no name foods have the same if not better ingredients and nutrition as their "healthier" counterparts. Hope this helps!!!

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
5/26/14 4:53 P

OMG I love, love, love Peanut Butter!

I get Crazy Richard's (depending on region it can be sold under Krema brand) the only ingredient is peanuts, no salt, no sugar, no added oils.

If you cannot find what you are looking for in the store, have you ever considered Amazon? I know people who can't easily find stuff like Kind Bars, GG crispbread, Wasa bread, etc. turn to Amazon for that.

SWAMPSPARROW SparkPoints: (3,451)
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5/26/14 4:33 P

Please don't tell me to go to a health food store or roast my own peanuts and make my own. I don't have a Trader Joes, just Walmart and a local store called Sunflower. What does anyone else use who has limited options for shopping?

Edited by: SWAMPSPARROW at: 5/26/2014 (16:34)
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