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How do you PB2?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard of PB2. then again if you're not a PB addict and/foodie like me, maybe you haven't. Essentially it's powdered peanut butter that you reconstitute with water - with almost no fat.

I've been resisting it for a long time. I slways get suspicious of that kind of product. You can buy it at bellplantation.com - seriously guys, how about a better domain?

So I tried some this morning. I can't say I'm really in love, but it's perfect for traveling with & of course reall PB does carry all that fat, even if it's a good fat. It didn't give me that sticky mouth feel of real PB. The directions say to mix 2 tbsp with 1 tbsp water to reconstitute it, but I think it will have a more PB-like texture with less water. I couldn't easily get that onto celery, for instance.

Ooh, just had a brainstorm - would probably be great for Chester, who tends towards tubby like his mama.

So for those who already know & love PB2, any suggestions on how to use it?

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KANSASROSE67 6/2/2011 6:34PM

    I like to mix it thicker...I don't measure just go by the look ande feel. I spread it on apple slices or my multi-grain pancakes.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/30/2011 10:12AM

    Never heard of it! Wow, I'm a peanut butter addict and now you can buy it dry? Oh boy, my husband might regret you posting that web address!

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LEONALIONESS 5/29/2011 1:25AM

    I mix with water (not sure how much, I do it by how it looks - I like mine a little bit thicker) and add it to my oatbran in the morning. I also dump 1-2 (dry) servings into my banana ice cream, pre-blending. Good in smoothies, too. I buy it by the case when I'm near a Hy-Vee. Shipping is a bit much.

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EDWINA172 5/28/2011 10:37PM

    Smoothie or oatmeal would probably be good. Also might want to try it in baking. Have fun!

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ANGEISBACK 5/28/2011 5:34PM

    i mix it up and dunk my apple slices in it , i also use it in my protien shake to make peanut butter cup protien shake..... i love this stuff! i buy it from lowcarbgrocery.com love love love this stuff!

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LIBBYFITZ 5/28/2011 5:20PM

    Sorry not much help as i don't have access to it.

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NATPLUMMER 5/28/2011 10:35AM

    I tend to use it more in recipes than just straight up. Or I'll mix it with regular PB so I can get away with less.

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YELLOWDAHLIA 5/28/2011 10:19AM

    I love the stuff, but haven't bought any in a while because it's just not in my budget.

When I do use it I like to mix up a little and spread on my whole wheat english muffin for breakfast.

Also love it on celery!

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I can't get no satisfaction

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ok, so yesterday I didn't plan out my meals and guess what? Yeah, I didn't eat the greatest. Not horrible, and probably subconsciously rebelling cause the scale didn't tell me what I wanted to hear - even tho it wan't that bad.

I had celery, an apple & a brownie for dinner. The celery cause I was really short on veggies for the day (I was planning a salad for dinner, even tho I hadn't planned out meals) & the apple cause I knew I needed some fiber to fill me up or that brownie would never hold me.

The brownie did hold me, but it got me thinking about satisfaction; specifically, mouth satisfaction vs tummy satisfaction.

The brownie satisfied my mouth. I didn't feel guilty (much) about it & I savored every ooey, chocolatey mouthful. Did it satisfy my tummy? No, not so much. In fact, those sugary treats tend to leave me feeling very thirsty & just ever so slightly ill. Yet I still go for them from time to time.

Salads really do satisfy me - my mouth & my tummy - and yet sometimes I'm tired & don't even want to throw together a simple salad or I just want something different or something I don't have very often.

So just how do we align mouth satisfaction with tummy satisfaction? Ah, the $64,000,000 question.

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/30/2011 10:09AM

    Definitely a question that needs to be answered! I actually love peanut butter, I love the taste, the texture, the smell, but if I eat more than one tablespoon, I get like I can't swallow. You should have been here the night I ate half a jar....I'm serious! So, it is peanut butter for me or a crisp apple that gives my taste buds some satsifaction and seem to go down well.

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LEONALIONESS 5/27/2011 11:37AM

    WW pastry flour brownies made with pumpkin or banana rather than oil = lots of fiber, low fat and tasty gooey goodness. :) Though, with how I make brownies, just one wouldn't be enough calories for dinner! Ahhhh, I love tricky baking. :D

It doesn't help that I have a freezer full of Liz Lovely GF vegan cookies right now! I've got marathon number three in about 9 days and I'm wanting to EAT. Especially sweets and carbs. Hah. Luckily the half cookie serving is really good sized, under 200 calories and they are so precious (I mail order) that I'm willing and able to just eat half to make 'em last. ;) So darn good, though.

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NATPLUMMER 5/27/2011 11:09AM

    I hate making salads. I should try Laura's trick.
If it were one of my whole wheat brownies, it might even have satisfied your tummy. I always add about 1/4 less sugar so they aren't as sweet.
You're right...it is the $64,000,000 question. I don't have an answer.

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HALFFAST 5/27/2011 10:08AM

    You are so right! Here's what I've been doing for salads (because, yeah, it sucks preparing one on the spot): I take 2 bunches of romaine, a bag of shredded red cabbage, a bunch of radishes (and whatever other veggies are going in it), cut it up and mix it up, put it into gallon-sized ziplocks and throw it in the fridge. Then when I want a salad I grab a handful and throw in some nuts and dressing. Done! This usually makes enough for about 4 days. Any more than that and it would probably start turning icky.

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RATFINKROB 5/27/2011 10:02AM

    I have never been much of a sweets person. Don't put sugar in my coffee or tea and have never been able to drink soda, just disgusting. I can however eat my weight in spicy chinese or mexican food. Don't forget the mountain or salty chips with the gallons of hot sauce. They please my mouth and my stomach, but have a scary amount of fat and calories.

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LIBBYFITZ 5/27/2011 9:40AM

    I have a small square of dark chocolate! and am now able to stop at 1 square, sometimes 2 but half way through the 2nd one it is already becoming too much!

I had it before breakfast yesterday as I saw it there in the fridge and it was crying out to be eaten emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/27/2011 9:37AM

    Definitely the million $ question. I have also learned that a brownie might please the lips but it sure doesn't last long in the tummy - empty calories. And yet, I'm guilty too. Enjoy your weekend.

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FRECKS96 5/27/2011 9:20AM

    When you find the answer, you'll be rich!

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Kirstie proves 60 IS the new 40!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Seriously, if you watch DWTS (and if you don't know that acronym you don't), Kirstie Alley was amazing. I don't really think she deserved to win, but I wanted her too anyway. Ok, ok, I really wanted Ralph Macchio to win, ya got me.

She got me thinking, too. Of course she's immensely likable, and her body transformation was amazing. And obviously i happen to really love her choice of that song she did her freestyle to. But what I admire most of all is her willingness to do the work, just go for it, & not let age be a factor.

I think most of us could learn a thing or two from Kirstie.

How bout you? Are you doing the work? Are you not letting your excuses stand in your way? Are you going for it?

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VARMINT3 5/31/2011 3:30PM

    I haven't seen the show but I like Kirstie & she seems to have a fairly healthy attitude now. I had no idea that she's 60 - WOW! If I look half that good at 60 I'll be thrilled!

Ratfinkrob - LOL! So is 42 the new 6? Am I younger than my DD? Some days it feels like it - LOL!

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DDOORN 5/31/2011 12:04PM

    Kirstie was AMAZING! I'm not a die-hard DWTS fan, but DW is and I often catch snippets here & there and have been rooting for Kirstie both because of her age and size...she's really been SUCH a trooper!


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RATFINKROB 5/27/2011 9:50AM

    If 60 is the new 40, can 50 be the new 12? I would really like to just ride my bike while someone else pays the bills. emoticon

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GOODBYEHORSES 5/27/2011 6:15AM

    My little sister was named after her. emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 5/27/2011 5:31AM

    emoticonI love kirsty, she is one gutsy lady!

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DINGALLSTOO 5/26/2011 8:56PM

    I watched it and then went to work telling everyone how great she did. I would like to do a cartwheel when I am 60! (Which is in less than a month)

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FRECKS96 5/26/2011 8:48PM

    I didn't watch it, but I agree that she is a great representative for what many of us are trying to do.

My dance show (SYTYCD) started tonight, but the lights are flickering enough that I don't want to have the TV on. Hopefully the cable doesn't go out and I can watch it tomorrow on DVR.

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TEMPEST272002 5/26/2011 8:02PM

    I didn't watch the show, but I have great respect for Kirstie getting out there & dancing like that at 60.

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HEYRED221 5/26/2011 5:27PM

    I wanted her to win too, but I was so happy she made it to the end. It was so great to see how hard she worked and it showed.

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JENNJO322 5/26/2011 2:28PM

  I didn't watch faithfully but I did peek at it now and then. She does not look like she's 60. First off, her hair is absolutely gorgeous. I would kill to have her hair at 40. The only thing that give her age away a little bit is her turkey gobble gobble neck, if she were to go for plastic she should get a neck lift or something. Other than that she looks amazing. I hand it to her to go for it, and in the interim shed a few pounds!! GO Kirstie, Go US!!!!

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NATPLUMMER 5/26/2011 2:11PM

    I have to admit that I don't watch the show, but now I want to see some episodes. Am I going for it?......Yup!

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Lovely day for an LSR & Oops! She did it again

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

No, no more dresses. Well, not today, anyway. And no new chocolates - yet.

Today was spring. Yup, pretty much our one day of spring. Weather-wise the winter was super crappy & spring has followed in its footsteps - altho you really can't complain after seeing what happened to the poor folks in Joplin.

So anyway, I did my long, SLOW run today. I really wanted to put it off but I couldn't pass up this weather - sure hope it doesn't mess with tomorrow's WI!

The shuffle cooperated today, at least by not being stuck in one endless loop. The weather was glorious - cool & overcast when I started, with the clouds eventually dispersing, but still not very hot or humid & a lovely breeze.

I saw 3 different kinds of butterflies, ducks, geese, a ruby red cardinal, plenty of robins & wildflowers. The water, as always, soothed me. I checked my Nike+ a bit shy of 2 hrs & it said 8.13 miles. I was doing run/walk intervals - run one song, walk the next. I definitely wasn't pushing it.

The plan was for 9 miles, so I went a bit further, returned & oops! It said 9.59 miles. Which doesn't include the half mile walking warmup & cool down. Now, I really have no idea how accurate the thing is. I really don't think I was run/walking fast enough to have done 10 miles altogether, but whatever - it was a good training run.

I chose to return to the canal way because there are bathrooms, but I didn't need them.

I was seriously tempted to stop for some frozen yogurt on the way to the vet to pick up some stuff, but I resisted. The plan called for a banana pineapple protein shake at home & I stuck to the plan, which can be the great thing about plans.

It's been a stressful week & quite frankly I needed that run. I'm not sure when runs became stress breakers instead of stress inducers, but that's the cool thing about trying new stuff - you just never know what might work for you if you stick with it. Kind of like healthy lifestyles, eh?

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 5/30/2011 10:10AM

    Good job on getting in your run. Sounds like you really appreciate the sights along the way too which is wonderful.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/26/2011 1:05PM

    Good job on the long run - runs are definitely stress relievers, that's means you're doing it right. emoticon

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SHEILA1505 5/26/2011 12:32PM

    I log my walks on geodistance.com and think that is very accurate - and then I log the distance and time on Spark and it gives my my speed.

You really are doing well with your longer distances - well done


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FRECKS96 5/26/2011 11:40AM

    Sounds like a wonderful run! Mine are stress relievers too. Glad you enjoyed it!

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TEMPEST272002 5/26/2011 11:12AM

    What about mapping out your route on the mapping feature in the exercise tracker? You could cross check for distance that way.

WTG getting in the run. I've been humming & hawing this morning about going out for mine, but you've reminded me how good it feels to push through that feeling... so thank you for giving me that extra nudge out the door.

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RATFINKROB 5/26/2011 9:18AM

    Sounds like a great run and sticking with a plan is better than any treat!

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HALFFAST 5/25/2011 8:34PM

    Way to go on the 10-mile "shuffle" run :) We had a big conference thingie today so my boss bought us Chinese food for lunch. Sigh. I ate it, and it wasn't even that good :(

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NATPLUMMER 5/25/2011 8:30PM

    Yay for a spring day...finally!!!
Great run!! I'm not sure how accurate the Nike+ is either. Have you calibrated it?
Good job sticking to the plan!! At least one of us did ;-)

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HEYRED221 5/25/2011 8:00PM

    That is very cool. I feel that way about walking - it used to be such a chore, but now I love it and feel stressed if I DON'T get my walking in :-)

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A kitchen mishap & a surprisingly good salad

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

If you haven't had your daily chuckle yet today, I am happy to provide it.

This morning I was making some raw cookies (not raw dough, raw as in a raw diet - mostly nuts - good for you in moderation).

I use sea salt in my kitchen, simply because I prefer the taste, but I have 2 kinds: regular & garlic. Yup, indeed I did grab the garlic & realized the minute I added it the mistake I'd made.

Now, my husband would be the first to tell you how much I love garlic. I pretty routinely double the amount recipes call for. But it really doesn't pair up with chocolate. It's amazing how so small an amount of an ingredient can flavor a dish. They are edible, but not the treats I was hoping to bring on my trip.

The sa,ad came from one of my raw cookbooks, too:

Romaine lettuce
2 clementines
1 small cucumber, sliced
1/2 avocado, sliced
2 tbsp walnuts (my addition)

Mix all together & then squeeze lemon juice to taste over everything.

I thought I'd miss the oil, but it was very tasty & satisfying - luckily the clementines were extremely sweet.

And so ends today's kitchen adventures . . .

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TEMPEST272002 5/25/2011 7:54PM

    Chocolate & garlic... nope, don't think so. Chocolate & sea salt on the other hand...yummy! Too bad about the cookies, but good for a laugh.

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RATFINKROB 5/25/2011 9:48AM

    I love garlic, but it doesn't like me. Gives me indigestion. A garlic cookie sounds like my worst nightmare.

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HEYRED221 5/24/2011 5:40PM

    Hmm, garlic chocolate cookies - could be a new trend emoticon

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HALFFAST 5/24/2011 3:54PM

    Haha! Now I can't stop thinking about chocolate and garlic! That salad sounds yummy. I just need to pick up some avocados :)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/24/2011 2:30PM

    When I was a kid, we once had a cook make some plum tarts (huge ones) and sprinkle sugar on top. Yup, turned out to be salt. Ughhhh.....

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SKINNYPOWELL1 5/24/2011 2:28PM

    Garlice and chocolate, what a combo. Oops, you need a do-over. Salad sounds yummy.

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HAPPYNSMILING 5/24/2011 1:35PM

    Years ago, my now ex-husband made garlic- chocolate chip cookies. We are talking LOTS of garlic. Believe it or not, the were really good...people that did not know there was garlic in them thought they were very good, too. They couldn't believe it was in there. He got the recipe out of a garlic cookbook.
Just thought I would share that with you.
It is fun to experiment in the kitchen, isn't it?

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NATPLUMMER 5/24/2011 1:29PM

    Oh no!! Luckily I don't buy garlic salt.
I'm a big garlic person, too. I always double (at least) the amount.
The salad sounds good. I don't think it would need any oil since you've got avocado and walnuts.
Hmm maybe I'll try a little chocolate and garlic today.

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