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Naturally More Peanut Butter

August 10, 2009

I received three jars of Naturally More to review, and let me just say that I was jumping up and down, ecstatic when I found what was in the box. Nut butter makes my life worth living… is that extreme?

The people at Naturally More were incredibly generous to send me these jars and I broke into the first one day one. The original Naturally More retails for about $3.50 a jar at Publix supermarket in Charleston, South Carolina. Obviously the price is going to fluctuate depending upon your region, but I thought this wasn’t too steep for natural nut butter.

The nutrition is Naturally More’s biggest selling point. 2 tablespoons of this peanut butter contain 10 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and plenty of healthy fats. It contains things like flax seeds and egg whites to improve the nutritional profile, and takes a little guilt out of this guilty pleasure.

This peanut butter is a little more limited as far as its clientele. It contains gluten and egg white meaning it isn’t okay for vegetarians or celiac. The product is perfect for those looking to increase their protein, fiber, and healthy fats. It has 50% more fiber and 25% more protein and 20% fewer carbs than regular protein.

Comparatively speaking
, smart balance peanut butter, another omega-enhanced nut butter contains 2 grams of fiber, 17 grams of fat, 200 calories, and just 7 grams of protein. It retails for about the same price. If you are looking for a fully improved profile of both micro and macro nutrients, Naturally More beats out Smart Balance.

 


So how could your Naturally More be a small piece of an improved snack?

Take two examples: A) Jif peanut butter and jelly with Smucker’s jam on wheat bread B) Naturally More with mashed banana on Arnold whole wheat bread

  1. Bread: 160 calories, 2 g. fiber, 6 g. protein, 2 g. fat

    Peanut Butter: 190 calories, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein, 16 g fat

    Jam: 50 calories

    TOTALS: 400 calories, 4 g fiber, 14 g protein, 18 g fat


  2. Bread: 180 calories, 6 g fiber, 8 g protein, 2 g fat

    Naturally More: 170 calories, 4 g fiber, 10 g protein, 11 g protein

    ½ Banana, mashed: 50 calories

    TOTALS: 400 calories, 10 g fiber, 18 g protein, 13 g fat


     

    The point of this little comparison being simple: for the same amount of calories, you can have a healthier, more delicious sandwich with more protein and fiber. It will fill you up better and keep you satisfied longer… Naturally More plays a huge part in providing a heartier sandwich with no Trans fat, and heart healthy essential oils. It’s not a “diet peanut butter” by any means; the added protein and fiber may help with satiety, but they also prove beneficial to muscle repair and digestive regulation.

So the nutrition is great… but how about the taste?

When I opened the jar I realized one thing immediately: This peanut butter is runny. Five minutes of stirring feverishly resulted in a creamy butter with great cling factor. The peanut butter is very spreadable, but also begs for dipping. Like most natural peanut butters, it doesn’t hold a peak but has a nice texture. After stirring, it’s not too oily or too dry, perfect for spreading on anything and even better for drizzling…Ice cream anyone?

My first taste was directly off the stirring spoon, and I have to say I was quite impressed. The flavor was nutty, slightly sweet, a little less intense than a peanut butter like Smart Balance but more so than raw peanut butter. The thing that really sets it apart is the mouth feel; while being creamy, it has a unique crispiness from the flax seeds. They aren’t whole, meaning their essential oils are accessible to your body, but not lost in the nut butter. The seed’s presence was a welcome change and I enjoyed the difference it made.

The second application was spread on an apple. Instead of being overpowering or underwhelming, it held its own. The third try, in oatmeal, wasn’t as impressive. The crispiness didn’t come through as nicely and the flavor wasn’t very assertive. I enjoyed it, but not more so than any other peanut butter in this application. The melting properties were highlighted in warm oats though; it created a creamy layer but didn’t disappear.


Overall, I can easily see this being a staple in my pantry. The health benefits are wonderful, its flavor is spot on and the flax seeds set it apart from its competitors.

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