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®!

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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.

Nic’s Nutrition Website Launch Party

On Saturday we attended the official launch party for the Nic’s Nutrition website which took place at the VM Lounge in Saltaire.

I stumbled across Nic’s Nutrition whilst browsing the web for healthy recipes… most likely protein pancakes… and after an online relationship it was great to finally meet in person!

So who is Nic?

Nichola Whitehead (the brains and beauty behind Nic’s Nutrition) is a UK specialist registered dietitian (RD) who has a passion for promoting easy to understand nutrition and diet tips, and she certainly does that! I have personally used recipes from her site to create a number of meals which are now family favourites and I count Nic as one of the people who have helped me with my journey to ‘Come Clean’ and embrace a complete change in my relationship with food and my overall health and fitness.

It turns out she is also a Yorkshire lass just like me, so making our way to her launch party wasn’t too difficult and it was great to finally meet up with someone who I have been communicating with on Twitter and Facebook for the last 4 months!

Nic is warm, friendly and approachable so if you ever have any dietary concerns then Nic is your lady!

The Party!

The party took place at the VM Lounge in Saltaire where there was a little giveaway for the guests, these included products from various brands that Nic has reviewed recently or her own personal favourites which she recommends I was lucky enough to come away with a whole box of Metcalfe’s Skinny Topcorn in Cinnamon flavour (we devoured a bag on the way home as we hadn’t eaten!) They are truly delicious – especially for just 117 calories a bag (I’ll blog my thoughts soon)! There was also a couple of quizzes and plenty of tips placed around the bar and in the bathrooms as to how to have a healthy night out! I was healthy only having the one alcoholic drink!

Nics Nutrition

I just want to say thank you to Nic for having us and we wish you continued success! Looking forward to reading (and trying) your new creations!

Nic is currently running a giveaway on her blog, so if you would like to be in with the chance of winning either a Nakd – Cocoa Crunch & 9bar – Variety Box head on over to Nic’s Nutrition and state which you would like to try!