Low(er) Carb Peanut Butter Cookies

Tonight I was craving some comfort food, but not the calories and carbs that come along with it. So I took a stab in the dark and worked up some easy cookies.

1 cup Skippy Natural peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup flour

Mix the egg, sugar and peanut butter in a bowl, add flour little by little until the consistency is more cookie-dough-like. Trust me, it starts pretty watery. Once firmed up, drop by the spoonful on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Makes a dozen cookies. Note: these will hold their shape, so if they are funky shaped they’ll stay that way. Let them cool 5-10 minutes then chow down!!

I am not a baker by trade, so any feedback is appreciated.

Nutritional info:

1 cup of Skippy Natural Peanut Butter has 16 tablespoons, which converts to 8 servings.  The info below has all been multiplied by 8 to give an accurate “full” amount of the whole recipe.  The recipe makes roughly 12 cookies.

Serving Size2 Tbsp (32 g)
Servings Per Container13
Amount Per Serving
Calories190                                                   (1520)
Calories From Fat140  (1120)
% Daily Value*
Total Fat16g 128g
Saturated Fat3.5g 28g
Trans Fat0g
Cholesterol0mg 0%
Sodium150mg 1200mg
Total Carbohydrate6g 48g
Dietary Fiber2g 16g
Sugars3g  24g
Protein7g  56g
Add roughly 350 calories for sugar (yes, really, that’s a half a cup of sugar) 71 calories for the egg and we’re looking at (rounding up) a cool 1,000 calories for the batch of cookies.  Divide that by 12 and it’s less than 100 calories for a cookie.  Now, that may not sound that grand, BUT keep in mind the fact that this is

Product Review: Bariwise Hot Chocolate (Cinnamon)

Good morning everyone.  Today could be described very easily as “frigid” here in South Dakota.   The high is 0, the low is -11, with windchill varying between -30 and -40 Fahrenheit.

I woke up this morning and it was so cold out, I decided to break in my new box of DietDirect product, in this case, the Cinnamon flavored Hot Chocolate made by Bariwise.  It’s cooling next to me while I write this intro…

Fast forward 10 minutes while I wrote the rest of the packaging information, and it’s time for my first sip.  The cinnamon is really apparent, it’s the cinnamon flavor that’s similar to the syrup form of cinnamon (like what you get at coffee shops), rather than the ground cinnamon flavor.  The chocolate is definitely there, no weird aftertaste so far.  Sip # 2: OK, there are still “clumps” in the hot chocolate, very possible I didn’t stir it enough (I tend to rush things).  So next time, I’ll throw this badboy in my Magic Bullet and see how it comes out.  I will admit that I added 6 ounces of water (heated in the microwave to boiling, then let it cool a few seconds) mixed with 2 ounces of milk, to add some creaminess to this drink.  Overall I’d say that this drink mix is definitely a keeper, and

Here’s  the nutritional information:

Calories: 80
Fat: <1g
Sodium: 210mg
Potassium: 170mg
Total Carbohydrate: 5g
Dietary Fiber: <1g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 15g

Now, for the “how to” portion of this review. If you’ve ever tried to make hot chocolate out of a pudding/shake mix, or out of GNC Amp 60, you’ll know what chances you’re taking by adding hot water to the mix, literally.  Typically, I’d use my Magic Bullet personal blender to make frothy coffee/amp combinations, but if I ever tried to let it be hot, the mix never dissolved and became chunky, chalky, and so gross there was no way that I could drink the stuff.  Now enters the beauty of the “Hot Drinks“.  These puppies are made to get hot, literally.  Simply throw the mix in a cup, add 6-8 ounces hot (not boiling) water, and voila, hot cocoa!

Now I’ll take a look at this compared to my favorite: Swiss Miss Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa (you know, the powdered packet of its own!)

Calories: 90
Fat: 2g
Saturated: 2g
Sodium: 150g
Potassium: 270mg
Total Carbohydrates: 16g
Dietary Fiber: 0
Sugars: 8g
Protein: 1g

So, what I end up with is: 10 fewer calories, basically 2g less of fat, more sodium, less potassium, fewer carbs, more fiber, less sugar and way more protein.  Now, compared to what I NORMALLY do to my hot cocoa, which includes replacing all the water with milk, and *cough* doubling up on the packets, it’s obviously significantly fewer calories.

I’m excited to continue reviewing more DietDirect products.  Tonight is going to be the Cinnamon Crisp Meal Replacement Bar, created by WonderSlim (I already know I love it, but will focus on the review for it).

~As always, if you’re curious about trying the hot cocoa from DietDirect, now is the time to get 20% off all hot drinks, the sale is done this upcoming Sunday I believe (February 3?)  And if you’re on the fence, you can use my $10 discount on your first order, so you get the cocoa for free (after the discount it’s like $9.80 or something).

Peanut…Peanut Butter…and Carbs!

So I’ll admit, I have a guilty pleasure.

Every day, our German Shepherd/Husky needs arthritis prevention pills, which he gets in the morning and again at night.  Well…GNC made the pills “peanut butter” flavored, which is an extremely bold lie.  They smell like something died in the bottle and is half-way decomposed.  Needless to say, poor Dante (dog) is NOT willing to eat those on their own.

Dante, my best buddy

So, to liven things up a little, I decide to coat the pills in ACTUAL peanut butter (we had Jif Reduced Fat) which he looooves.  Unfortunately, so do I!  So occasionally I’d grab a scoop of peanut butter and just eat it right out of the jar (I’m such a barbarian, I know).  Let’s face it though, there are some days that you just need a spoonfull of peanut butter to make the crap of life go down (sorry Mary Poppins, couldn’t help myself).  I actually took the time to read the damn label at one point, don’t ask how long ago because it was long enough that I REALLY should have known better.  Let’s talk about some fun filled reading shall we?  The “Reduced Fat” Jif (which I looove so much) :

Reduced Fat Jif label

We have 13 grams of NET carbs (that’s total minus fiber btw), 12g fat, 190 calories, and 7g of protein.  That’s still “restricted” in the carb category for me, not to mention the “bonus” of 12g of fat, all for a piddly 7g of protein?  Alright fine, I might be up on my high horse about the unfairness of the all, but that didn’t stop me from dipping a butter knife into the golden goodness of peanut butter and having a bit for myself.  However, I did decide if i was going to be sneaking peanut butter (because it’s totally secret that everyone can now read that I sneak peanut butter), that I needed to change up my drug of choice.

Yesterday I went to our local supermarket and picked up “the necessities”.  Not to get off on too long of a rant, but “necessities” has never ended up being “just” necessities.  Naw, I got fruit snacks in Star Wars shapes and some Cinnamon Toast Crunch for my husband to have for random snacks, picked up a Glade air freshener thing, none of which were on my list, a list which only consisted of: toilet paper, peanut butter, milk.  Awe, oh well, such is life.  Back to the peanut butter!

So I was in the Peanut butter, Jelly, and Bread aisle at the store (let’s face it people, that is a BRILLIANT marketing strategy) and I looked at my options; holy crap Batman, the world of Peanut Butter is rife with drama, intrigue and like 45 selections to choose from.  I check out the “natural” peanut butters and come to a conclussion for carbs:  Jif “Natural” has 8g of carbs, and 2g of fiber (=6net carbs), and its second ingredient is SUGAR! “Simply Jif” (which I unfortunately didn’t take the time to find in the store and just now noticed on the website) only has 6g of carbs and 2g of fiber (=4net carbs!), and sugar was the second to last ingredient listed on the label.  Smuckers was in close second, and the winner (for me) was Skippy Natural.   Unfortunately, 20/20 hindsight has informed me that this was a poorer choice than Simply Jif, as this too has sugar as the second ingredient.  The only difference in this case is that Skippy only has 4 ingredients in the peanut butter, making it pretty manageable.


So now, when I scoop a bit of peanut butter, I’m now taking in 4g of carbs, instead of the original 13.  Skippy Natural peanut butter…$3.25…knowing that I’m getting only 1/3 of the carbs I originally was eating from peanut butter = priceless.  Now, all I have to do is get the damn dog to stop staring at the jar longingly every morning, that’s my job.


Tuna Patties on a Monday Night = good deal

So I was at work today, barely got through I swear, only to come home and wonder, what to make?  Everything is frozen!! (Run around in circles panicking for 5 minutes) and then I realized, I had been wanting to make tuna patties for a while, after hearing that egg helps them stay moist and hold together better.  So here’s the recipe and oh my god was it gooooood!  I laid down like 6 lettuce leafs on the plate, the put the patties on top in case they dribbled or fell apart, and then put on tricolor peppers and onions for my vegetable.

Spicy Tuna Patties

12 ounce can of Chicken of the Sea – Light tuna in Water
2 small eggs
2 tsp of spicy mustard (0/0/0)
Old Bay to taste (I used 1/2 tsp)
Cayenne Pepper to taste (I used a sprinkle )
Onion Powder (I used enough to cover one layer of the tuna that was in a cereal bowl, estimate 1/4 tsp?)
Mix up thoroughly with a fork until consistency is a bit thinner than a tuna sandwich would be…
Place on a preheated griddle in four crab-cake style lumps (sprayed with Pam Olive Oil cooking spray) and cover for approx 4 minutes (I had an electric skillet, it was 300 degrees), flip and cook another 4 minutes, leaving the cover on again. The bottom should be crisp and firm, the edges still soft and the middle the consistency of a normal tuna sandwich or tuna melt.
Drizzle with red chili pepper olive oil for an amazing flavor