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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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®!

Peanut Butter Turkey

This dish reminds me a little of satay chicken and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. And it’s packed with over 40g of protein per serving so will keep you fuller for longer or repair muscles after exercise.

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It’s quick and easy to make and even better you can throw it in the slow cooker which I am really getting into using at the moment so its ready when you’re ready to eat it and fits perfectly around hectic lifestyles when it’s not always possible for everyone to eat at the same time.

Ingredients – Serves 3

  • 340g Diced Turkey
  • 1/2 tsp Coconoil
  • 1/2 onion – chopped (I used my new Kenwood Food Processor to chop – saves the eyes!)
  • 2 tbsp. peanut butter (I use The Protein Works because I find it to be the best PB out there!)
  • 4tbsp lime juice
  • 120ml chicken stock
  • 1tbsp soy sauce
  • 1tsp ground cumim & coriander / cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp paprika

Method

  • In a pan brown the turkey with the coconoil.
  • Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker and cover and leave to cook on low for 4-5 hours. Alternatively add to a casserole dish and pop it in the oven.
  • Serve with noodles and plenty of fresh green vegetables!

Nutritional Info

  • Calories – 283
  • Fat – 10.8g of which 2.9g saturates
  • 6.6g Carbs
  • 40.8g Protein!!!!
  • 6.7% Vitamin A
  • 4% Vitamin C
  • 1.8% Calcium

Don’t forget it you are a new customer at The Protein Works by using my referral code KC18322 you will get 250g of free protein (subject to a £10 spend)

My Favourite New Snack… Oatcakes & PB

There’s no way you would have caught me eating these at the beginning of the year, instead I would be justifying how for only a few more calories I could have a chocolate bar.

Oh how things have changed!

Introducing Nairns Oat Cakes topped with The Protein Works Super Crunchy Peanut Butter (Don’t forget if you are a new TPW customer to enter KC18322 in the registration page to be gifted a free pack of protein powder)

Two of these with a generous serving of peanut butter total 163 calories and stop me from crashing when I need some energy – unlike chocolate bars!

Someone is probably gonna come along and tell me to eat even better, but this is a major improvement on 7 months ago – who knows what I’ll be on in another 7 months!

But for now, I love it!

For those who require a gluten free diet, Nairns also offer a gluten free range

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Choc Peanut Butter Fudge / Spread

I’m always trying to come up with ways to get little treats into my diet. My motto is never deny yourself. I strongly believe in this and this is why I do not class my weight loss journey as a diet. I do not want to restrict myself from anything, I just want to learn how to be a little more self controlled and make healthier choices.

So I decided to make some fudge.

Using the ingredients below I almost achieved fudge! But I just don’t think it has a chewy enough consistency to be classed as fudge, but I will continue to experiment to see if I can crack it.

However, even better I realised this actually makes a pretty awesome spread to go on Protein Pancakes and much healthier than shop bought chocolate spreads too!

So you need

  • 125g Peanut Butter (I used The Protein Works Super Crunchy)
  • 60g Coconut Oil (I used KTC but once run out will probably try other brands)
  • 4tbsp Cocoa Powder (I may consider using chocolate protein powder in future)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Mix all the ingredients together and put into a container lined with grease proof paper. Alternatively you can put into tiny individual cake cases if you want a posh little treat.

Sprinkle with a little dessicated coconut if desired, then pop in the freezer until it hardens. It is likely that you will need to continue to keep the fudge / spread in the fridge.

I have been enjoying these as a little individual treat (90 calories per serving) when I have fancied something sweet. But having made some up in a pot with the aim of cutting into squares, I have established it is much nicer as a spread on protein pancakes!

Choc FudgeAltogether this mixture made approx 18 little sweets (see my choc peanut butter cups for sizing).

Don’t forget that if you are a new customer of The Protein Works you can use Referral Code KC18322 in the Registration page (not checkout) to be gifted with a free pouch of protein powder! Perfect for trying out new flavours!

Nutritional Information (per sweet)

  • 90 calories
  • 7.1g fat
  • 4.3g saturates
  • 1g polyunsaturated
  • 1.5g monounsaturated
  • 4.1g carbs
  • 0.5g fibre
  • 2.3g protein

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

I love all things chocolate and peanut butter, so when I really fancy a sweet treat this is my go to recipe!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup

I always make sure I use the best ingredients however so make sure you get yourself some high quality chocolate and peanut butter before undertaking this recipe.

This recipe makes 25 mini cups, each coming in at 90 calories.

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over some hot water. Once melted place some of the chocolate in the case and circle the case so some of the chocolate runs upwards inside the case. Once done keep the remaining chocolate over the bowl of hot water to keep it melted.

Mix all the remaining ingredients together in a bowl until stiff – add more icing sugar if required.

Once mixed make up 24 balls and slightly flatten. I popped the balls on a plate that had been dusted with a little icing sugar so they didn’t stick.

Choc Peanut Butter Cup

Once complete insert the balls into the cases.

After that use the remaining chocolate to cover the peanut balls completely.

Leave to cool and if you like once the chocolate starts setting sprinkle with a little sea salt – honestly chocolate and sea salt tastes amazing!

Leave to fully set and then serve!

One cup really does do the trick! Although I tend to make and dish them out to family and friends so I don’t give in to too much temptation!

If you want to try The Protein Works Peanut Butter and are new to The Protein Works – enter referral code KC18322 in the Registration page and you will be gifted with some free Protein Powder when you spend over £10!

Nutritional Information

  • 90 Calories per Cup
  • 6.6g Fat (2.9g Saturates)
  • 5.9g Carbs
  • 1.1g Fibre
  • 2.2g Protein

Herbalife Chocolate Peanut Protein Bar Review

I came across Herbalife whilst at my gym, they had a stand where you could try various products they had on offer.  I’m not going to go into the Herbalife plan or what other products they have on offer because to be honest I don’t really know much about it and two I could not live off shakes and supplements without REAL food! I’m a foodie, I love my food and always will so for someone like me a plan like this wouldn’t work.

However, when it comes to their Chocolate Peanut Protein Bars now that is another matter entirely!

I am generally a lover of all things Chocolate and Peanut, usually in the form of Chocolate Covered Peanuts or Peanut M&M’s though so maybe this was some way to get my fix and still be relatively healthy!

I have to say these are one of the most amazing protein bars I have ever tried! You would honestly think that you are eating something a little more naughty!Herbalife

The Nutritional Stats

  • 1 bar contains 140 calories which is pretty reasonable in the Protein Bar stakes, I’ve known other bars to be over 200 cals for the same size!
  • 4g of Fat (2g Saturates)
  • 15g of Carbs (10g sugars)
  • 10g Protein

I know Protein bars should generally be eaten after a good workout, but these are just too nice to save for a post-gym treat and if you compare this to a Snicker bar (although you get an extra 20g) you get 296 calories, 16.4g Fat, 31g Carbs and just 5.5g Protein plus a whole load or sugars and other undesirable ingredients! I know which one I am choosing!

For a pack of 14 they cost £12 which works out at 85p per bar! Other protein bars can cost around £2 per bar! A Snickers RRP is approx. 60p to compare – The Herbalife bar will however leave you feeling satisfied but safe in the knowledge you kept it relatively healthy!

To find a Herbalife distributor click here or if you are in Huddersfield and want to get hold of some then contact Matt Firth on 07979 227820 and tell him you got his details from Katrina.