pb2 healthy yogurt dessert

Recap: Try Something New Tuesday 140

Hello there!

Happy Wednesday to you! How is your week going? I”ve been a busy girl both at work and with blog-related projects, one of which I”ll be sharing with you guys very soon! For now, let”s talk recipes and new things, shall we? See that delicious looking thing in the pic above? Peanut butter lovers, this one”s for you! But let”s make sure we get some dinner before dessert…

1. Recipe of the Week: Oh winter, how I loathe thee. Every year I seem to fool myself into thinking that the end of December marks the half way point and that in another 2 or 3 months, we”ll be in the clear with green grass and flowers. However, being Canadian and having lived in this lovely (but cold) country for 19 years of my life, I should know better. Truth be told, the first day of winter was December 21st and even though spring technically starts on March 19th, I wouldn”t be surprised I”m still wearing my winter jacket and boots to work.

BUT….

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

That”s what hearty soups and stews are for.

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

This Moroccan Chickpea Stew is a far more flavourful and incredibly sexier looking version of a recipe I made in my early blogging days. It uses harissa, which is a paste made of various chili peppers, coriander, garlic, vegetables and olive oil. There are heaps of harissa recipes out there which vary slightly depending on the chef, but I chose to just buy a jar because I wanted this to be a quick and easy stew, not a long and laborious process.

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

So, what other goodies have we got in here? Well, aside from the obvious chickpeas, there”s carrots and sweet potatoes which both pack a ton of vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. (If you”re really observant, you might have noticed that it”s actually butternut squash in these pics because I ran out of sweet potatoes. Either way, both are delish and contain lots of beta carotene!) This is an antioxidant that protects our bodies from free radicals, and it”s great for your skin. We”ve also got red bell peppers (hello vitamin C!) and ginger, which is a fantastic anti-inflammatory and great healer for any condition from digestive upset to nausea.

All of these ingredients come together to create a great big pot of magic, and if you”ve got the “how long till spring?” blues, I strongly suggest making a batch (or two) for yourself.

Click here for the recipe!

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

2. PB2!! I”ll preface this new thing by saying that I”ve been dying to try it ever since I online casinos found out that it existed. For those of you that have never heard of PB2, it”s made by Bell Plantation and is basically just powdered peanut butter. All you need to do is mix a little with water (in a 2 parts water to 1 part PB2 ratio, in case you wondered) and used in the same way that you would any nut butter.

PB2 by Bell Plantation

The advantage to this formula? Well, it”s got fewer calories and fewer ingredients than many of the other peanut butters found in your local grocery store. It also doesn”t come with the hydrogenated oils or stabilizers commonly added to keep peanut butter fresh for longer.

PB2 ingredients and nutrition info

Here”s the comparison numbers-wise:

pb2 nutrition info

I ordered my jar online, but my local (Kitchener Waterloo-area readers) will be happy to know that I also recently discovered it at Healthy Foods & More! I can”t remember what the price was, but if you”re dying to get your hands on a jar, they”ve got them, as well as the chocolate PB2.

Anyways, back to my first PB2 trial. The Bell Plantation website has lots of awesome sounding recipes, both sweet and savoury, that use PB2. However, because I had a pretty busy day yesterday, there wasn”t a whole lot of time for baking. Although it”s rare that my sweet tooth strikes, I just so happened to have a little craving for something sweet after dinner last night. I made myself a little mixture of the following:

pb2 healthy yogurt dessert ingredients

  • plain Greek yogurt (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 tbsp of PB2 (no water added)
  • 1 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extra
  • a generous shake of cinnamon
  • 1 packet of stevia

pb2 healthy yogurt dessert

The result? Flippin” mind blowing. Amazing, decadent, creamy and rich, and totally satisfying (not to mention high in protein AND healthy!) Did it taste peanut butter-y? You bet it did! In fact, I”m pretty sure I wouldn”t have been able to detect a difference if I made the same recipe with real PB.

pb2 healthy yogurt dessert

Although my calorie counting days are long behind me, I know that this method of tracking is useful for people trying to shed a few pounds. After all, it worked for all 70 of the ones I was looking to lose! If you”re trying to kick a sugar addiction, clean up your diet, or reduce your calorie intake, but feel the need to end meals with something sweet, I”d definitely suggest giving this combo a try.

My next application of PB2 is going to be in a more savoury dish (I”m thinking in the form of a Thai peanut sauce) and if it turns out well, you”ll be hearing about it!

Before you go, tell me…

  • Have you ever tried PB2? Did you like it?
  • Peanut butter or almond butter: What camp are you in?
  • Did you try anything new yesterday?

Comments

  1. Julie says

    Hi Angela! I am looking forward to trying BOTH of these recipes! I’ve never tried PB2….I usually use almond butter instead of PB but, I’m going to get my hands on a jar and see what happens.

    Yesterday I tried a different spin class, so it wasn’t exactly “new” but today I am trying a new (to me) boot camp class at the gym….does that count?!?

  2. says

    i am with you, angela, winter is my least favourite season, by far. at least the days are getting longer – it’s noticeable!
    i saw your title about pb2 and was going to comment: “It’s at the devitt street health food store!” but you already know!! glad we can get this locally! i have not tried it but am intrigued.
    i did a 10 a.m. yoga class yesterday – that was new!
    hopefully we have another sunny day today!

  3. says

    Both of those recipes look fab, I’ll have to experiment with harrisa flavours (haven’t seen it here), and track down some PB2. I tried a gym class I hadn’t been to for months, I stopped because it was at a different time with a different teacher, but I really enjoyed it, so will have to go back! I’m trying to do some different workouts as I tend to keep going to the same ones (but they’re all so fun!!).

    • says

      Try the ethnic foods aisle of your grocery store – that’s where I found mine. And goo for you for getting back to that class! Glad to hear you gave it another chance. I think sometimes we just need a break from certain things to make us realize how much we miss them. :)

  4. says

    PB2 is awesome, I love using it in a smoothie with frozen almond milk and banana. I’m a weirdo that’s probably never tried almond butter, but I try to lay off the nut products because I go crazy with them (I can finish off a can of cashews in one day if I’m not careful!). That’s why PB2 is great, I don’t go back for more. :)

  5. says

    What a strange concept, I have definitely never heard of this before. Since going Paleo I stick to almond / cashew butter. It is hard to find a salted version with out sugar added though so I end up getting the stuff that the only ingredient is the nut and add in sea salt. Perfecto!

  6. says

    I like PB2 (regular– never tried the one with chocolate), but I’m not 100% sold. It’s good with greek yogurt or cottage cheese or even oatmeal!!! Yesterday, I did body pump for the first time— it was a good change of pace with higher reps and lower weight. Have you ever tried body pump before???

  7. says

    Not going to lie, I had PB2 in my hand at Whole Foods when I was in the USA in November. I was slightly terrified of the idea of POWDERED peanut butter, but “branding” works. I view you of the healthnuttiest nut of all my friends and if you give it the go ahead – I am SO there. :) We all know how much I love peanut butter!

  8. says

    I’ve been wanting to try this for years now. but it’s a combination of it’s not right there in peanut butter section at the store and I’m a cheapo. Glad to know it’s well worth it though, I may have to try it!

    Definitely Peanut butter!

    Yesterday I tried a new recipe!

  9. Barbara says

    I’m totally a fan of PB2…the chocolate version also! I add it to homemade ice cream or when I’m baking (it mixes a lot better), and its a lot easier to travel with (you can bring it on the plane, no issues at all!) I love that the taste is so similar to regular PB, even if the texture is a little different.

    I still stick to good old regular PB for fuel and recovery before/after workouts, as I don’t get the same energy from PB2. But as a baking substitute it rocks!

  10. Nadine says

    That chickpea stew looks so amazing! I need to give it a try since we are finally feeling the winter chill in the South USA! I’ve tried PB2 regular and chocolate…both are great and sooo good in smoothies for less the fat and calories!

  11. Sherry says

    PB2 is awesome. I discovered it at my local health food store a while back and have been enjoying it ever since. I’m not surprised that you like it – it’s right up your alley and I look forward to your usage in upcoming recipes. P.S. for a really yummy treat, process a frozen banana, a splash of almond milk, and a Tbsp or two of PB2 in a food processor then mix in a tsp of jam – super good!

  12. says

    That stew looks fantastic! I’ve been indulging in too much cheesy, creamy stuff and it’s time I switched over to hearty soups and stews. I’ve seen PB2 at the grocery store and wondered what the heck to do with it, but after reading your opinions about it, I want to give it a try!

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