Friday, October 12, 2012

Crave-worthy: Product review {+giveaway}

Mark isn't proud to admit it but he's dependent on processed foods. He takes frozen dinners for lunch, cookies and Nutrigrain for the afternoon and lived on Zatarains and frozen pizza before we got married.

As for breakfast? He's happy to make a Jimmy Dean sandwich and content to pop in a few frozen waffles.

This morning, though, he found himself out of the breakfast sandwiches he bought when he went grocery shopping and there were no backup waffles to be consumed. I am sure he was probably dreaming up a trip to McDonald's for breakfast burritos and coffee but I decided to be nice.

nice 
adjective, nic·er, nic·est. 
1. pleasing; agreeable; delightful: a nice visit.
2. amiably pleasant; kind: They are always nice to strangers.
3. characterized by, showing, or requiring great accuracy, precision, skill, tact, care, or delicacy: nice workmanship; a nice shot; a nice handling of a crisis.
4. showing or indicating very small differences; minutely accurate, as instruments: a job that requires nice measurements.
5. Making Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes for your husband and son before having a cup of coffee.


I seriously love these pancakes - they are easy to make, don't require any eggs and are a great way to use up the funkalicious banana that's hanging on the edge.


Oh, and they taste great. They taste even greater when you swap out traditional peanut butter for a half-cup of PB Crave's Cocoa Bananas Peanut Butter. Because, again, I'm nice.

I recently got the chance to try the PB Crave varieties - Razzle Dazzle, Cookie Nookie, Choco Choco and, of course, Cocoa Bananas.
 

About PB Crave

PB Crave is an all-natural, premium peanut butter that is "amazingly" addictive. There are no artificial preservatives, hydrogenated oils, syrups or high fructose corn syrup. It is also gluten and cholesterol free. PB Crave is a subsidiary of Sweet Harvest Foods, a nearly-90 year-old company located in Minnesota. A new and separate plant was built to craft the dizzying blends of premium peanut butters using cutting edge technology and innovation to insure that top quality ingredients reach the package and the consumer in the form they were blended. When you open a jar, you’ll see the pure Belgium chips, yet when you spread the product on bread, it will spread deliciously smooth with little to zero chunks. This craft has been perfected and consumers have given the product rave reviews for taste, quality, and price, especially when you factor in, no jelly needed.

What we thought

I say we because, again, I'm nice and I shared. To say this peanut butter was a hit in our house would be the understatement of the century. The PB Crave seriously elevated the pancakes this morning, and I'm down to a half jar of Razzle Dazzle because it is sublime on a piece of Ezekiel 4:9. Flax Sprouted Whole Grain Bread with blackberry all-fruit spread. (Yes, jelly might not be required but don't take away my blackberry preserves.) Confession: I eat at least one of these combos a day, whether I'm hungry or not.

The Cookie Nookie didn't lend itself to sandwiches in my mind but I loved it in a simple oatmeal breakfast: 1/3 banana and 1/3 cup oats cooked with 2/3 cup water, 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk, cinnamon and pinch of salt. Once it's to the desired consistency, add sweetener of choice and 1/2 teaspoon maple extract. Top with Cookie Nookie and, if you feel sassy, some chocolate chips (or sprinkles leftover from your son's first birthday party in July).


Some of my favorite things about PB Crave, though, aren't even about the flavor. My favorite things are what's in the jar and where I can get it. It isn't any more caloric than traditional peanut butters, and I can pronounce all of the ingredients. While so many of the fancy flavored nut butters are only available online or at stores such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe's, PB Crave is available in northeast Indiana. I spotted it at Fresh Market. (It is available, too, at Whole Foods and Earth Fare if you live somewhere cool.)

If my opinion isn't good enough,check out Celebrity Chef Andrew Zimmern's OpenSky Page and video review


Remember how I said I was nice? Well, PB Crave is, too. The company is giving one lucky reader a CoCo Banana Variety Pack. (Value $20.97)

To enter

Mandatory: Visit the PB Crave website and, in a comment, tell me which variety you would most like to try.

Additional entries (leave a comment for each of the following, up to 4): Like PB Crave on Facebook; follow PB Crave on Twitter; follow me on Twitter; tweet about this giveaway, being sure to mention @PBCrave and @healthy_strides.

Nitty gritty: Giveaway is open to U.S. residents living in the lower 48 states and ends Friday, Oct. 19, at midnight. The winner will be selected via random number generator and announced on Monday, Oct. 22. The winner will have 72 hours to email me shipping information or a new winner will be chosen. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.

55 comments:

  1. I would love to try any peanut butter but Cookie Nookie sounds delicious

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  2. and because I am currently stalking twitter while the little one naps, I tweeted your giveaway!

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  3. I want to try Cookie Nookie. YUM.

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  4. I also followed PB Crave on twitter.

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  5. I would love to try the cookie nookie :)

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  6. I <3 PB! Ive debated ordering this in the past. Id love to try cookie nookie! Yummm

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  7. Oh, my - -I think the Razzle Dazzle for me!! Yum is right!

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  8. And I liked them on Facebook!

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  9. I follow you on twitter (corgipants)

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  10. I follow PB Crave on twitter too. (corgipants)

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  11. I would definitely want the cookie nookie. Anything with cookie and peanut butter in the name is probably amazing. I am from Minnesota and didn't even know this existed. If I don't win I might just go out and get some myself!!

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  12. Oh my I would love to try these! It is hard to pick just one, but I think the Razzle Dazzle sounds incredible! Crossing my fingers to win!

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  13. I think the Choco Coco or the Cookie one. But all sound so good. It's peanut butter. It can't be wrong!

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  14. I think I would try to Choco Choco one first!

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  15. I would probably demolish the jar in about a day, but I'd love to try the Cocobanana flavor. Really I'd love to try all of them.

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  16. Choco Choco!!! I can't imagine anything would be better than peanut butter and chocolate!

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  17. Cookie Nookie! Interesting name... :) But it sounds delicious! I would love to try it!

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  18. Cookie Nookie sounds awesome. :) That's definitely the one I want to try.

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  19. I liked PB Crave on Facebook. :)

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  20. I'm following PB Crave on Twitter (@marciacase)

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  21. And I'm following you on Twitter. :)

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  22. I'd like to try the Cookie Nookie flavor.

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  23. Cookie nookie, anything cookie dough flavored is ridiculous!

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  24. Cookie nookie, anything cookie dough flavored is ridiculous!

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  25. I know i would love choco choco!!
    Ttrockwood@yahoo.com

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  26. Liked pb crave on fb!
    (terri)
    Ttrockwood@yahoo.com

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  27. Follow pb crave on twitter (@terri)
    Ttrockwood@yahoo.com

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  28. Love the PBCrave website. Would love to try the Choco Choco flavor. It would be like Reese's, but in a jar!

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  29. Began following you on Twitter. Looking forward to reading more about you, especially your upcoming Columbus marathon! Good luck!

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  30. I think the Cookie Nookie sounds divine, will have to get my hands on that either way!!

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  31. following you on twitter (juliene1)

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  32. following pbcrave on twitter as well

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  33. I already follow you on Twitter (does that count or should I unfollow, then refollow??) xoxox

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  34. I want to win this one dang it!!

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  35. Ooohh! Coco Bananas please. Reminds me of the sandwiches I'd eat when I was a child. Thank you for sharing!

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  36. I already follow PB Crave on Twitter

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  37. I just followed you on Twitter (xokammie)

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  38. and... tweeted!! :)
    https://twitter.com/xokammie/status/261564284696416256
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I've been wanting to try their PB forever now. Fingers crossed!

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