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PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

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With sultry July upon us, outdoor activities are best reserved for the pre-dawn time frame or for locations above 5,000 feet. In my world, that means it's time to go backpacking. Next week, I'm headed for the Trinity Mountains. And for my fellow hiking enthusiasts who want to save weight in their packs, I am duty-bound to share my new Boise Co-op discovery.

PB2 from Bell Plantation is powdered peanut butter. It has only three ingredients: peanuts, salt and sugar (the chocolate-flavored one also contains cocoa powder). And it only requires one ingredient for reconstitution: water. As the Count from Sesame Street used to say, "a la peanut butter sandwiches!" Ever since reading In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, I seek foods without additives or preservatives, and PB2 is a shining example. Even better, it's delicious.

Here's the real coup de gras: Not only do you save weight when packing this stuff in to your campsite, you might save weight on your butt, too. By dry-roasting and then pressing the moisture out of the ground-up peanuts, Bell Plantation also removes most of the natural oil. The reconstituted peanut butter has only 45 calories, 1 gram of fat, and 4 grams of protein per serving.

Backpacking or not, I think I'll be losing weight every chance I get with PB2.