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7/28/13 7:55 A

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yes as long as you stick to your calorie counts.

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7/28/13 2:57 A

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Every food can be eaten in a healthy diet as long as you keep to your calories and have moderation.
The point of peanut butter is for healthy fats and protein which those fake peanut butters do not give you. You want a meal with balance and to keep you full which means enough calories even for weight loss and nutrients.
I would measure the peanut butter to see though how much is a serving and add it to whole grain bread. I would pair it with some veggies or fruit to give more bulk to your meal.



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7/28/13 1:23 A

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The only issue I have with a "traditional pb&j" is... they tend to be rather small and not necessarily sufficiently filling for the amount of calories, fat and carbs that they pack in.

But if you like them and you can make them work into your daily menu - go for it.

If you want to try and branch out a bit while still retaining the familiarity and deliciousness of pb&j, you could try making it open-faced on better quality bread (whole grain or sourdough instead of wonderbread-white). Could also try it openfaced on an english muffin or half-a-bagel. Another habit I picked up to get my own "fix" was to substitute sliced bananas instead of jam - just a little more nutrition and volume, and plain delicious (my mom used to make pb&banana all the time when i was a kid; it's serious "comfort food"). Or, open faced with thinly sliced tart apples is really good too.

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7/27/13 11:16 P

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Reading this thread earlier today lead me to have a little PB & J for lunch!
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Another very good choice for Jam is Smuckers "SimplyFruit"....really great taste, and not any of the added filler sugars, etc... Good flavors too: Apricot; Black Raspberry; Blackberry....!

I agree with previous posters about the 100% Natural Peanut Butter. (I buy Adam's...) It helps to have it at room temp, then mix the oils in really well, and keep it in the refrig. Peanut butter has gotten us through many a backpack trip....really nice with Triscuits or Whole Wheat Eng Muffins.... (PS..goes great in Hot 7 Grain Cereal too!!)
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7/27/13 4:11 P

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I enjoy a PB and J from time to time. I use the real items and not diet items. I just use less of them.

One slice of bread. On tablespoon of natural peanut butter and a teaspoon of real jelly.

You could eat more if you chose to, just measure and track it.

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Hi, I enjoy a pb&j sandwich for lunch often. Even lost a few lbs! I buy the natural jam such as smuckers with no high fructors corn syrup. I stay away from the artificial sweetners, they seem to make me crave Sugar even more. Peanut butter has Omega 3 fats, the healthy kind, along with other nutrients so it is healthy. Be careful about the reduced fat kind, it has a lot of sodium added. Watch the calorie count on whole grain bread , some brands can be a lot higher calorie/fat than regular enriched white/wheat. I just joined Spark, started my plan in Febuary and lost 35 lbs already enjoying all the foods I like in moderation, that is the key-Not the type of food you eat.

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7/27/13 3:23 P

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For losing weight, it's ok to eat whatever you want as long as you stay in your calorie range and the food choice doesn't lead you to overeating (ie: leave you hungry again shortly after, make you crave more of the food and cause you to eat more even though you're not hungry).

I love peanut butter. I buy natural crunchy PB (free of trans fat). I don't believe in cutting the fat from it, fat helps with satiety and nuts are a healthy fat.

Here's the list of ingredients in regular fat reduced PB:

PEANUTS, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, SUGAR, PEA PROTEIN, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SALT, ***FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS*** (RAPESEED AND SOYBEAN), MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, MOLASSES, MAGNESIUM OXIDE, NIACINAMIDE, FERRIC ORTHOPHOSPHATE, ZINC OXIDE, COPPER SULFATE, FOLIC ACID, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE.

*** ie; trans fat

Here's the list of ingredients in natural (full fat peanut butter):

PEANUTS (some varieties add salt).

For jam, I use the no sugar/artificial sweetener-type but I rarely use it. You know what's really delicious and higher in fiber (helps with satiety), some whole strawberries, raspberries, banana or apples instead.

A whole grain bread fills you up nice. If you do open face, you'll save on calories.

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I use all-natural peanut butter, homemade "freezer jam" (with a lot less added sugar than most store-bought types; Smucker's Low Sugar is similar and doesn't have any artificial sweeteners) and my favorite bran bread. The caloric total is a smidge over 300 cals, with a decent dose of (fairly high quality) fat and protein. It's also under 40 grams carbs, which is fine for most people including diabetics, although you might have a different reaction if you're sensitive to the sorts of carbs included. Add some veggies on the side and it's a decent meal, in my opinion. Probably not something you'd want to eat three meals a day, but there aren't many foods that you can do that with, really.

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In addition to what others have said ...
Start reading the labels of the products you are using and track what you are eating. How does your peanut butter compare to others? (Mine is very low fat and only 45 calories for 2 tablespoons.) How does your jelly compare to others? (I use sugar free, with lower calories.) How does your bread compare? etc.

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Sounds tasty to me! One thing you might want to do is measure out how many tablespoons & teaspoons of peanut butter & jelly you are putting on the sandwich. It sounds like a pain, but if you are trying to closely control your calories, you need to know how much is in the sandwich. Spreadable items can pack in extra calories otherwise.

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Sure, why not? Does it fit in to your calories? Is it something you enjoy?

If you make it with whole-wheat or sprouted bread, you get some good fibre and nutrients. If you use natural peanut butter, then you get some healthy fats and protein. A good jam (as opposed to jelly) will have some fibre and nutrients as well.

Unless you're trying to go low-carb, then I can't see any reason at all not to have it! I personally would have a salad or some roasted veggies with it, to make a full meal, but that's up to you.

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