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Peanut Butter — An Overeater’s Tips — 21 Comments

  1. What a useful post! I wouldn’t have thought to mix it with yogurt or cottage cheese to make a spread, what a great idea. PB is not really a trigger food for me but when I do eat it, it’s always too much of it. After reading your post I’m sure that’s because I think of it as a protein with good fat, not just a fat. Very helpful!

  2. I like your chart about other sources of protein for lunch. An eye opener for me. I like your idea about PB Spread. Now how about sharing that stir-fry sauce using peanut butter – hint, hint.

  3. You are brave and wise, Joy. I know all about eating disorders, and have worked (now successfully) for decades to stop substituting food for not dealing with deep-seated emotional issues. As a kid, though, I always craved peanut butter as a real “treat” and later, I would devour it on its own, almost mindlessly.

    So you’re not alone, but you do have something there with the PB spread, and seeing it as an ingredient, not the source of comfort. I just used 1/2 cup of PB in a wonderful PB Chocolate chip cookie–very chewy and delicious. Might end up on my holiday bake list this year.

  4. You know, I always thought it was a good source of protein, as well. {sigh} Advertising works. Your spread sounds lovely, though…and probably something I should try. And no, I haven’t tried PB2 – how interesting!

  5. I’m an emotional eater but peanut butter isn’t one of my comfort foods. I do like it on toast or fresh bread with honey as a treat once in a while but I like your work arounds for making peanut butter your friend

  6. Thanks for the recipe 🙂 Peanut butter is not a real problem for me. I do spread it on a sammy about once a week. But I love to make my own sateh sauce and I need peanut butter for that 🙂

  7. Interesting post! I like how you use PB in recipes and mix it with yogurt cheese — not banishing it entirely from your diet but using it in a way that makes sense for you.

    Four grams of protein in one tablespoon? About the equivalent of one egg? It is shocking when you think there’s about 100 calories in just one tablespoon.

  8. I had no idea that peanut butter is a fat, not a protein! I used to eat it like crazy. It seemed to be healthier than indulging in something else. Now I know. I’m an overeater too so the only thing that works when it comes to food that I really love is to go off of it cold turkey.

  9. I like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but I don’t eat peanut butter in anything else except cookies every once in a while. I think I sometimes eat emotionally, but I tend to crave salty, crisp things (chips!), and I don’t keep those around much.

    I thought the protein comparisons were interesting – thanks for pointing that out!

  10. I am also one of those misled about the amount of protein. I enjoy PB in a sandwich with Banana. If I toast the bread lightly, then it melts the PB a bit and I can spread it thinner . I use a bit less that way.

  11. That sounds yummy. It also reminds me that I should probably stop just chowing on peanut butter (I always thought it was much healthier than it is). This reminds me, actually, of a former teacher in high school; one of the sisters (I went to a Catholic HS) had what about amounted to a room of peanut butter she would slip into and nosh on between (and sometimes during) classes.

  12. I found PB2 in the Creve Coeur Dierburgs, was planning to try mixing it with fat-free ricotta and see what happens. The protein to fat ratio is much better than regular peanut butter.

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