But are all peanut butters created equal? NO WAY! Did you know some peanut butter has 'things' in it?!? Other than just peanuts? And even stuff other than a little salt and sugar to aid in flavor! Some peanut butter companies go so far as to fill my precious, innocent peanut butter with colorings, chemical flavorings and hydrogenated oils that raise the saturated fat content and cause plaque build up in arteries (among other things)! Why would they do this?! For many companies...it is for two reasons: 1. to keep the oil in the peanut butter from separating; 2. because they're cheap and want to mask the flavor of their 'not so perfect-but cheaper' peanuts!
We are being robbed people! We all have the ability-or can sweet talk someone else-into mixing up our peanut butter so the oil gets reincorporated! We deserve a peanut butter that will deliver the sweet, satisfying taste with good for you fats and a healthy dose of protein WITHOUT giving us a day's worth of sodium and weird oils our body doesn't even know what to do with! So what do we do now? You know I'm not asking you to give up your peanut butter-that'd be an abomination! (anyone catch the Lilo & Stitch reference? Anyone? Well anyways...) All we need to do is be proactive about our peanut butter choices-there are many great 'natural' peanut butter companies out there that deliver a stand-up product at a reasonable choice and taste even better than those other varieties that are filled with (dare I say...) CRAP! But who you ask? Well let me tell you about one great little company in particular-Krema! I was given the opportunity to sample so of Krema's peanut butter so I'm going to give you my honest, unbiased opinion of this product.
The first kind I tried...smooth & creamy-and boy was it! :)
Krema peanut butter is made from...wait for it, wait for it... peanuts! Just peanuts! Only peanuts! That's it... no artificial anything. Amazing huh? Take a look at this comparison:
If you aren't familiar NuVal is a nutritional scoring systems that allows consumers to easily see how healthy a food really is. It takes into account all the food's ingredients, vitamins, minerals, fats, calories, etc. and then rates it on a scale from 1 (the unhealthiest) to 100 (pure love for your body!). Krema rates extremely well on this system-as you can see, no other peanut butters come even close to offering what Krema & Crazy Richard's (they are the same thing-one is the Midwest company and one is the East Coast company) does.
So obviously I'm giving Krema peanut butter a 5/5 on nutrition! Let's move on to taste and texture!
Ahhhhhmazing! I was a little worried since the peanut butter I usually consume does have added salt & sugar (shhh! Don't tell!) I wouldn't like the taste of Krema's. Boy oh boy was I wrong! They really must choose only the finest of peanuts to grind for their product because their peanut butter was so delicious! It had a rich, robust peanutty flavor that eliminated any need for salt or sugar! And the texture-while it did require some mixing to reincorporate the oils-it was well worth it! I give it a 5/5 on taste and texture!
So now what? Well go out and buy yourself some of this amazing peanut butter! Duh! For information on where you can find it check this out. Or to buy online-click here. Either way you won't be sorry!
I have a great recipe that uses peanut butter and is delicious with Krema peanut butter! It's Peanut Butter Batter Dip! Check it out!
But wait! Just for being the awesome blog-followers that you are-Krema has decided to be extremely generous and arrange for me to do a give-a-way! 2 lucky winners will receive a couple free jars of Krema peanut butter! Believe me-you want these jars of peanut butter!!! :) So what's the catch? Umm...there isn't one! All you have to do to be entered is become a follower of my blog! Easy huh? But if you'd like a second entry (to up your chances of winning!) You can:
-'Pin' any of my recipes to your pinterest page
- Leave a comment saying your favorite way to enjoy peanut butter
- Link to my site on either/or your Twitter or Facebook account
Easy enough right? So what are you waiting for? Let's get you guys some free, delicious, healthy peanut butter!
~Give-a-way ends August 1st. Good luck! *Be sure to subscribe to email under the comments section so I can notify you if you win!*
UPDATE: The winner is Linda! Please email me your contact info so I can get you your peanut butter! Thanks everyone for participating! :)