Six Peanut Butter and Sides

- POSTED ON: Apr 08, 2011

Crackers and Peanut Butter
5 Savory Thin Crackers and 1 Tablespoon of Peanut Butter
Calories: 138; Carbs 10.6 grams; Protein 5 grams.
Crackers and Peanut Butter - LARGE SERVING not shown
5 Savory Thin Crackers and 2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
Calories: 238; Carbs 14 grams; Protein 9.5 grams.

Celery and Peanut Butter
1 stalk Celery and 1 Tablespoon of Peanut Butter
Calories 106; Carbs 4.7 grams; Protein 4.8 grams.

Celery and Peanut Butter - LARGE SERVING not shown
1 stalk Celery and 2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
Calories 206; Carbs 8 grams; Protein 9.3 grams.

Crispbread and Peanut Butter
1 piece Crispbread and 1 Tablespoon of Peanut Butter
Calories 160; Carbs 12.5 grams; Protein 6.5 grams.

Crispbread and Peanut Butter - LARGE SERVING not shown
1 piece Crispbread and 2 Tablespoons of Peanut Butter
Calories 260; Carbs 16 grams; Protein 11 grams.


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On Apr 08, 2011 Karen925 wrote:
These tidbits would work well with weighing, if one wanted to do so. I would put the plate and cracher, celery, crisp bread on then turn the scale on or tare it if measuring early. Then with a knife put peanut butter until it weighed 16 grams. A knife & plate to wash and no leftover nut butter on the measuring spoon. However, much more important, is actually exercising portion control in a habitual manner. Your right about the taste being more important than a heaping amount.

On Apr 09, 2011 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Karen, You really get it. Exercising portion control in a Habitual manner is such an important point. These pictures demonstrate the REALITY of how much one tablespoon of peanut butter is. Actually, when I personally choose to have celery with peanut butter, I usually choose to use 1/2 or 1/3 of the celery stalk which results in making the celery stalk look more full. HOWEVER, here I purposely chose to use an entire celery stalk so that I could drive my portion control point home. The rye-crisp and the cracker thins are exactly the same as I ususally eat, when I choose to eat those foods.

On Jan 28, 2017 Carolyn wrote:
I love this. I've been creating "meals" in a notebook, writing down combinations of foods between 100 and 300 calories, using your ideas and techniques. This is where the 100% plant based diet threw me, because they don't allow any added fats, and the deprivation constantly derailed me. The Ryvita whole grain cracker with just a tablespoon of PB looks great. One of my favorite meals right now is 4 ounces of baked potato with a teaspoon of butter! I noticed from your photos of your daily meals that you have a large variety of food from day to day. I want to try having more variety of food around because I get bored easily but I don't want to fall off because there's so little variety in the house that I run out and get junk food. My food scale is out on the counter top now. :)

On Jan 28, 2017 Carolyn wrote:
I love those cute little stainless steel bowls.

On Jan 28, 2017 Dr. Collins wrote:
             Thanks Carolyn. One of the most surprising ... and difficult to consistently believe.. is HOW SMALL 1 Tablespoon of Peanut Butter really is. It's hard to get rid of the idea that 1 glop of peanut butter isn't 1 tablespoon or even 2 tablespoons... when that glop is usually at least two to four times more than what we THINK it is. And, since 1 TB of peanut butter is about 100 calories (like regular oil or butter) that misjudgment can be very important. People who would never consider just eating a stick of butter will say they ate the whole jar of peanut butter ... and a half of a (small) 8 oz jar is about the SAME calories as eating a stick of butter. Even after all these years, I always weigh and measure most foods, and I'm especially careful with things like cheese, butter, oil, nuts because such a very small amount has high calories. I STILL eat those things frequently... but even now it is very easy for me to eyeball an amount of those foods and judge that amount as 2 or 3 times smaller than they actually measure out to be.

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