That's right kids, it's the healthier version of my fav spread! I was excited when a rep on behalf of Kraft contacted me to sample their new peanut butter. I've been interested in purchasing something similar because from the amount of peanut butter I consume, pretty sure I'd be facing the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes verrrrrrry soon =P. But seriously, this is such a great initiative by most of the companies out there producing nut butters in their purest form. With the increasing obesity epidemic and burden on the health system with heart disease and diabetes rates on the rapid rise, it's good to see food companies cooperating and joining in on the health movement by producing healthier alternatives to their most popular and notoriously "unhealthy" products (although whether PB should be classed under this is debatable =P).
Since I've only ever had Kraft Peanut Butter growing up, I wasn't sure what to expect since I had their pre-conceived idea of what peanut butter "normally" tastes like. So it was a surprise when I tasted this - no salt so less flavourful, no sugar so less sweet, defs a more unpronounced nutty taste. I liked it, but I know alot of peanut butter aficionados out there may not share my sentiments. However, after I had sampled this, I tasted a bit of the "normal" PB....and I was surprised it seemed waaaaaayyy too salty and sugary!
My verdict - great healthier alternative to regular peanut butter! Why? Simply because it has no added ingredients and is therefore way healthier for you, and you an always sweeten it with stevia. PLUS it still has all those great monounsaturated fats which are good for your heart. It's still something that shouldn't be consumed excessively (no more than 2 tbsp per day).
I tried it in a modified version of one of my favs - Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake. For comparison sake, I'm gonna show you the different ingredients to make it normally, and then the healthier version =).
|Clearly the unhealthier version with ice cream =P|
PB & J Milkshake
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp jam (your fav - i use raspberry)
1 cup milk
Scoop of ice cream (optional just thickens it)
1. Chuck all the ingredients into a blender and blend till all combined.
2. Pour into a chilled glass and enjoy =)
1 tbsp NSNS Peanut Butter
1 tbsp sugar free jam (or sugar free syrup)
1 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Stevia (optional - to your taste)
1 tbsp chia seeds (optional - see my post on Breakfast Quinoa to see the health benefits of chia!)
You can also add some oats to thicken it up! Yuuuuum
I actually prefer the almond milk version because the nuttiness of the milk compliments the PB. Yay for healthier alternatives!!
I reckon don't knock something til you try it, and give it a chance! Most of our palettes are used to excessively salty and sweet foods because that's how most products are made, it may be difficult to find this butter appealing, but if you keep using it you'll fall in love and you'll forget it ever had all that sugar and salt added to it in the first place.