Tried an experiment for breakfast today - a creamy peanut butter-y spread on a light bagel. It turned out to be more Points(Plus) than I estimated, but still tasty.
I used PB2 powder to add peanut butter-y essence - my kids don't care for it, but I've found it useful in recipes. And it's actually fine that my kids don't like it - that means there's usually some left in the container when I go to use it!
PB2 is 1 PointsPlus (PP) for 2T powder, which is a LOT better than the more typical 5 PP for regular reduced fat peanut butter. I optimistically hoped 1T powder would be 0 PP, but alas, no (according to both the WW PP handheld calculator, and the Weight Watchers iPhone app. Darn the consistent results!)
Today's breakfast - 5 PointsPlus:
- 1 Great Western Alternative bagel - cinnamon spice (3 PP)
- 1 oz cup Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Cream Cheese Spread (2 PP)
- 1T PB2 powder (1 PP)
- 1/2 wedge Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss spreadable cheese (0 PP)
- 1t Splenda (or to taste) (0 PP)
Place cheeses in small microwaveable dish. Nuke at 50% power for 20 seconds. Sprinkle PB2 & Splenda over cheeses & mix well. Slice bagel & slather with creamy peanut butter-y goodness.
5 PP is more than I like to "spend" on breakfast these days (see my 2 PP omelet, as a preferred alternative), but it was nice to change things up a bit, and I do like my peanut butter. I think this spread would be great on a sliced apple, too, which would make it a great 3 PP snack (since an apple is 0 PP).
Be sure to check out the manufacturer websites for more WW-friendly recipes:
- Laughing Cow recipes
- PB2 recipes
- Western Bagel recipes
- Hungry-Girl.com also has a lot of great recipes
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