PBB Giveaway from Hale Naturals

You may recently recall I did a post on Hale Naturals Powdered Peanut Butter.

No? Then have a look here to refresh your memory.

Well the lovely folks over at Hale Naturals have sent me 3 more tubs so I am going to give them away to you, my readers!

Each worth £6.50, flavours include

To be in with the chance of winning simply comment with a recipe for how you would use the PBB and which flavour you would like to try.

Hale Naturals Powdered Peanut Butter

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Cake for a cause

On Sunday, Sugar, Spice n All Stuff Iced at Sowerby Bridge hosted a fabulous afternoon tea on behalf of Casey’s Crew.

We managed to raise (so far) over £100 for Tommy’s the baby charity. but as the raffle is still open there is still much more to come!

It was a fabulous afternoon – the afternoon tea was completely amazing – so much choice! Plus the kids also got to decorate their own little cupcakes which kept them happy.

Additionally from Thursday (if you happen to be passing Sowerby Bridge) there will be Casey’s Crew & Tommy’s branded cupcakes on sale! Pop down and treat yourself!

Afternoon Tea Afternoon Tea3 Afternoon Tea4 Afternoon Tea2

Itsu tasty

I popped into my Sainsbury’s local and lunchtime and always like to have a look which healthy treats they have on offer.

Their healthy snacking range is certainly growing for a busy village and a few products by a company called Itsu really stood out to me – especially the dark chocolate covered edamames. I however opted for something a little lower in calories and went for the Wasabi flavoured Crispy Seaweed Thins (£1)

These were a perfect little treat for a mid afternoon slump – although I was expecting the seaweed to be slightly saltier – which is one of the reasons I purchased as I effectively had a salty carb craving!

Instead they did taste a little fishy with a hint of wasabi but after the first thin they went down a treat and I would eat again – although I would probably keep an eye out for them being on offer as £1 is a little on the steep side for 5 pieces of seaweed.

The brand however got me a intrigued so I did a little research on them and it would appear that they have some restaurants / shops in London that sell healthy meal options with an Asian influence so expect plenty of noodles, soups and interesting ingredients and flavourings. So if you are London pop by… if you are from Itsu, get opening up North (specifically Yorkshire)!

Additionally they have an online store where you can purchase various goodies – you can also purchase a mixed box which includes the snacking range, seaweed, miso soup and rice cakes. Additionally the prices are reasonable for a health food range with thai noodle pots retailing at £12 for a pack of 6 and with decent nutritional stats they certainly are worth investigating!

Additionally you can purchase Itsu products from Sainsburys, Waitrose, Whole Foods, Patridges and Revital so I will keep an eye out

Itsu Crispy Seaweed Thins

Itsu Crispy Seaweed Thins

Powdered Peanut Butter (PPB) Review

I was recently sent some samples of Powdered Peanut Butter to try – I have been wanting to try Powdered Peanut Butter for a good while but it is just something I never got round to. So when Hale Naturals – the company behind PPB® got in touch to ask if I would like to try their products I jumped at the chance!

Hale Naturals Powdered Peanut Butter

A lot of you are probably aware of PB2 – a US Version that has pretty much dominated the market when it comes to Powdered Peanut Butter – but now with Hale Naturals, we have our very own UK product, which is based in none other than the fabulous Yorkshire!

Hale Naturals offer three different versions of the PPB®. All priced at £6.50.

So why opt for Powdered Peanut Butter?

As we know Peanut Butter although high in protein is also quite high in fat (good fats mind!) so it means that we can only enjoy in very small quantities. Also the Peanut Butter brands that you are likely to pick up from supermarkets have added oils, salt, sugar and other nasties – I now buy Peanut Butter that is made from 100% Peanuts and nothing else and the taste is sensational!

BUT – having come across PPB® it now means I can enjoy a little more peanut goodness!

PPB® is made from ground roasted peanuts, with nearly all of the oil removed.. aka ‘a low fat powdered peanut butter’! PPB® is much lower in calories and fat than peanuts or peanut butter, yet it is higher in protein. This is great news for people trying to lose weight as protein helps people to feel fuller for longer and promotes the maintenance of lean muscle mass.

PPB® is very versatile. It can be used to add flavour to baked goods such as cookies and pancakes, as well as in marinades, sauces and dressings.

PPB® is naturally gluten free and it is good source of vitamin E, folate, fibre, niacin, magnesium and phosphorus. PPB® is low in carbohydrates which means that when blended with other flours, is perfect for making lower carb baked goods. PPB® is also a natural thickener and can be added to smoothies, stews, sauces and gravy.

To make peanut butter from PPB® simply mix 2 tbsp of peanut flour with 1 tbsp of either milk or water and mix. It tastes delicious on it’s on or with a dash of cinnamon, stevia or cocoa. PPB® plus milk or water doesn’t taste exactly like peanut butter but it’s pretty close, and some people actually PREFER the taste! Adding milk/water to PPB® also means that you are in control of how thick/creamy you make the consistency.

What does this mean in terms of nutritional value?

  • 100g of 100% Peanut Butter: 564 calories, 25.6g protein, 46.4g fat (8.2g saturated fat)
  • 100g of ‘Brand’ Peanut Butter: 614 calories, 25g protein, 48.9g fat (9.4g saturated Fat)
  • 100g of PPB: 445 calories, 41.9g protein, 13.6g fat (1.6g saturated fat) – flavour dependent

So as you can see PPB® comes out pretty well in the stats!

The only thing to consider is that the process has removed 70% of the oils (specifically good oils i.e. Vitamin E) and that small amounts of salt and sugar have been added. However, PPB® is a fabulous source of protein and is low in calories – so I say everything in moderation!

Round up

I was a little concerned to see salt and oil listed within the ingredients list after converting to 100% natural peanut butter (I have an avid dislike for unnecessary salt in foods) but after weighing up against eating far too much fat or having as a replacement product within cooking, PPB® does really come up trumps. I will still continue to use my regular 100% PB within my protein shakes as I love the crunchy texture which is what PPB® lacks and I want to ensure I am getting essential fats, but I will use PPB® when it comes to any recipes that require the addition of peanut butter in order to keep the overall fat content down.

Where can you buy PPB®?

You can PPB® either buy direct from the Hale Naturals website or alternatively from Amazon.

So how did I use it?

Well today I made some of the deserts listed on the Hale Naturals website.

I started with the Soft Protein Cookies – unfortunately mine looked nothing like the image on the Hale Naturals website and didn’t taste that great either but this could be down to the fact I used ground almonds instead of flaxseed as that is all I had.

PPB Protein Cookies

I shall try again!

Finally I made some Frozen Chocolate, Banana & PPB® Bites – these turned out a little better and are delish – perfect for a little treat when the munchies hit. Mine worked out at 59 calories per bite. The only thing I would suggest is pouring chocolate over the bites as opposed to rolling them in the chocolate as after 2 it started to destroy the chocolate and I ended up having to spoon chocolate onto the top of the bites – which means although edible the presentation doesn’t look as good!

PPB Bites

They have plenty of other recipes on the site – tomorrow I plan to try the Prawn Stir-Fry – this was tomorrows meal anyway but I’m looking forward to trying with PPB®!

Mushroom Stroganoff

So day 4 of my slow cooker challenge and I’ve been really enjoying it! Everything just feels a little more organised and there is much less cleaning up to do too!

So tonight we had mushroom stroganoff or rather the adults did as neither kids are fans of mushrooms and Stevie had swimming so had her chicken and sweetcorn pizza.

We served this up with a portion of brown rice to make a quick, easy, delicious low calorie meal.

Ingredients

  • 400g Mixed Mushrooms
  • 2 shallots chopped
  • 200ml Vegetable Stock (I used Knorr reduced salt Vegetable Stock – 1 tbsp. mixed with 200ml water)
  • 2tsp Paprika
  • 1 Can Condensed Mushroom Soup
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed

Literally throw everything into the slow cooker – that really is all the prep you need! Perfect if you are in a rush and pop on low for 4-5 hours. Note: If you will be out of the house for longer than that it is worth investing in a timer plug so you can set it to come on when required! So there really is no excuse not to take advantage of using a slow cooker!

I also purchased a Fungi Fusions Ensalada from Asda which was £2 and meant I could have a variety of different mushroom types in this dish without too much messing around.

Mushroom Stroganoff

Overall absolutely delicious! I am really surprising myself! Although Friday we are supposed to be having lentil dhal but I think the hubby might be treating me with something different… we shall see!

Nutrition

  • 246 Calories
  • 13.8g Fat (of which 1.5g saturates)
  • 21.2 Carbs (of which 13.3g dietary fibre)
  • 9.3g Protein
  • 72.8% Vitamin A
  • 10.2% Vitamin C
  • 3.2% Calcium
  • 9% Iron

Sweet Asian Chicken

So I’m into day 3 of my slow cooker challenge and I have to say I am really enjoying it.

I was up early this morning to have breakfast with the husband as we have been like ships passing in the night recently, so the early start gave me chance to get this dish prepped before the school run.

Ingredients

  • 400g Chicken breast (I used Muscle Food Chicken breast as they aren’t pumped full of water – you may need to increase the weight if using supermarket bought)
  • 4tbsp Light Soy Sauce
  • Small Onion Chopped (I always use red just because I prefer them)
  • 250ml Fresh Orange Juice (I used my Sage Juicer to get really fresh juice)
  • 200g (approx. 2 carrots) cut into batons
  • 15g (approve 1tsp) Corn Flour made into a paste
  • 1/2 tsp Coconoil (or 1 tsp Olive Oil)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Crushed
  • 4 tbsp. Honey
  • Sprinkle of crushed chillies
  • Additionally I added 30g Linwoods Ground Flaxseed, Sunflower, Pumpkin & Sesame Seeds

Literally put everything into the slow cooker – no pre-cooking required and pop the slow cooker on low for 6-7 hours.

I served with brown rice and an extra portion of veggies.

Although this was a really nice dish I didn’t get the taste of ‘sweet Asian’ that I was expecting. The sauce came out a little more like the one you get with Hunter’s Chicken. Perhaps next time I will add some lime juice and some palm sugar to sweeten up a little more.

Well you have the basics so go experiment!

p.s. The kids both ate it – I just gave them with a little less sauce

Sweet Asian Chicken

Nutritional

Serves 4

  • Calories 265
  • Fat 5.3g of which 1.3g saturates
  • Carbs 30.3 of which 4.7g dietary fibre
  • Protein 26.1g
  • Vitamin A – 2.5%
  • Vitamin C – 56.8%
  • Calcium – 3.8%
  • Iron – 3.8%

Additionally on Monday night I had a little baking session (I will sit down and relax one day!) using recipes from one of my favourite health and food bloggers Nic’s Nutrition. Cue a lovely little stash of Chocolate Protein Brownies and No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Balls to keep me on the straight and narrow and keep my sugar cravings at bay!

Sweet Potato Chocolate Brownies

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

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No Bake Health / Protein Bar – Cashew Cookie Style

Since I originally tested out this recipe back in November I have managed to perfect it and with the addition of a scoop of protein powder turned it into a healthy protein bar perfect for pre or post workout or as part of your breakfast!

I am a massive fan of Nakd bars – especially the Cashew Cookie variety! However, as I work from home it can be hard grabbing one of these especially as the local shops only stock the chocolate variety.

Nakd state they only contain two ingredients, how hard could it be?

The answer to that… not at all!

So all you need are some dates and some cashew nuts – you could perhaps substitute for peanuts although I haven’t tried this!

Ingredients

  • 55g Chopped Dates
  • 50g Cashew Nuts
  • Few tablespoons of water if the mixture is too thick – add slowly one at a time and keep mixing.

Additional

Cashew Cookie Ingredients

Method

  • Throw into a food processor. My Kenwood has a mill attachment that allows me to chop nuts easily so as I was only making a small quantity for testing purposes I decided to use this. My dates were dried so I was a little worried it wouldn’t work but as the Kenwood worked it’s magic I could see that the desired consistency was starting to take effect! If you are using protein powder add this too.
  • Once all chopped up and it represents a doughy consistency scoop out and pop onto a chopping board that has been lined with cling film – you may find you need to add a little drop of water to help shape the dough. I did so make sure you do this whilst still in the mill a little at a time.
  • Pat it down until it is rectangular in shape by placing some cling film on top – this prevents your hands getting covered! Additionally use a rolling pin to shape!

Cashew Cookie Mix

  • Transfer across to some greaseproof paper and allow to dry out a little – this will make it easier to cut (I allowed mine to dry out overnight).
  • You may need to flip over to allow the bottom to dry if you have needed to add water to the mixture so do this half way through!
  • Slice into 5 and serve!
  • Much quicker than heading to the shop though 🙂
  • Delicious and nutritious! Enjoy!

If you want to purchase some Protein Powder I recommend The Protein Works Diet Whey Complex – don’t forget to use my referral code KC18322 in the registration form to get your free protein!

Cashew Bar

Nutritional

Serves 5

Without protein powder

  • Calories 89
  • Fat 4.7g (of which 0.9g saturates)
  • Carbs 9g (of which 0.6g dietary fibre)
  • Protein 2.4g

With protein powder

  • Calories 110
  • Fat 5.1g (of which 1.1g saturates)
  • Carbs 9.9g (of which 0.6g dietary fibre)
  • Protein 6.1g