Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Reduced fat.... but extra CRAP!

I have a hard time eating properly and often do not get in breakfast, which causes me to over eat at lunch. I had started eating a banana or an apple in the morning, and putting a little peanut butter on each bite to give me a more sustainable satisfaction. I stopped eating the peanut butter when I started being more conscience of my food choices, but then found that I also stopped eating the bananas and apples, and therefore, no breakfast.

I read an article about how peanut butter can actually help people loose weight, because when they had a serving (2 Tablespoons), they felt full longer and would tend not to snack. So I decided to bring peanut butter back to my morning routine, which had dwindled to me just being hungry and whiney and more apt to get a big fat bagel or doughnut. I usually eat natural peanut butter at home, but at work I'd like to have one of the good ol' preservitive filled kind, so I can keep it at my desk, with no refrigeration. Sometimes ease out-weighs the whole food movement.

I got the reduced fat Jif, thinking if I'm going to have the bad kind, I might as well get it with a little less fat. I failed to read the label in the store though. It has the same calorie count as regular Jif (190 cal/serving), and only 20 calories less from fat (110 cal vs 130 cal), because it is full of stuff I can't pronounce AND the label calls it Peanut Butter Spread because it only contains 60% peanuts. Thats right.. the other 40% is sugar and CRAP.



** Thank you to Liz for buying me the peanut butter while I went shopping with her and her toddler, but forgot I had put it in the cart when we got to the checkout so she ended up paying for it. I see how it can be difficult to shop wisely while also entertaining a toddler. **

7 comments:

Autumn's Mom said...

I haven't had peanut butter in awhile. I love crunchy. Sounds like eating the regular Jiff in moderation is the best way to go. Taste-wise and everything ;)

J said...

I'm with Autumn's mom, as so often is the case. ;) I think Skippy has a 'natural' peanut butter with less preservatives, but still no refrigeration needed. Give it a try!

Tracy said...

Does your office have a fridge? I keep my natural almond butter in the office fridge and snack on it when I get hungry. :)

I've said it once and I'll say it again...peanut butter is the nut butter of heaven. :)

Maya's Granny said...

Now I just love Skippy Super Chunk. I keep a jar in my desk and have been known, when I'm out of crackers, to just eat it off a spoon. Slowly, slowly, one little lick at a time. So good. So sustaining.

Laluna said...

I love peanut butter. If I have a peanut butter sandwich at lunch, I don't feel hungry for a while vrs a turkey sandwich, starved an hour later. Thank you to all the Jimmy Carters out there for growing Peanuts...

Gina said...

We are big fans of the organic peanut butter that Costco is carrying. A bit more convenient than the all-natural stuff, and it doesn't need to be stirred!

Danna said...

I fell for that trick too. Someone told me that in Weight Watchers, and I believed them and ran out and got two jars. I think they are still around my kitchen somewhere.