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Why on earth is this an approved snack?.

Take a look at this picture. Seems pretty harmless, right? And I'd venture to guess many people just learning of PB being on plan as an approved snack are having something similar..

Looks like a normal, typical tablespoon of peanut butter, right?.

Wrong. It's 48g worth, roughly 3 times more than the allowed amount.

The facts on this picture:.

48g total weight.

285 calories.

24g fat.

9 g saturated fat.

10g carbs.

10g protein.

Be true to yourself. If you're going to use PB, *WEIGH* it..

Comments (97)

That's why Medifast urges us to measure our food. Using a food scale is best and I think many of us do that, but even a plain measuring tablespoon works fine for the allowed amount of PB..

Comment #1

Don't question it, eagle. I hear that all the approved snacks are "chemically balanced" and only experts from the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins can possibly understand..

Comment #2

Well that is a HEAPING spoonful! I always use a leveled-off teaspoon or tablespoon for measuring ANYTHING - I never "eyeball" it..

Comment #3

Measuring spoons. For realz. Word..

Comment #4

I realize you've been holding on to your internet rage for quite a bit to interject on a snack post. And normally, I would approve of such awesome use of sarcasm..

However, you missed the point entirely. The point is "Operator error" is so huge here and can make the difference of hundreds of calories for minor errors in either not weighing or eyeballing..

It was meant to be informative for those who may not have the luxury (or acumen) to use a scale for peanut butter..

Obviously, if you use the proper tools to measure, you're in the clear. Noone should dispute that..

Comment #5

I figure that if I can stay fat long enough, eventually they will make See's candy an approved snack..

Comment #6

Hi - I know for me I could measure it out to 1/4 a tablespoon and it wouldn't matter, I would still be triggered to eat a box of Nutter Butters right after! Sadly, I have to pass up PB right now or I won't stay OP, sniff!.

Comment #7

FAIL.

Comment #8

FYI... for kicks I just weighed a LEVEL Tablespoon of PB and, yep, 16 grams, just like on the label..

ANYTHING can be a weight-loss killer if you don't properly measure!.

And now... I shall eat my peanut butter!.

Comment #9

Http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhetorical_question.

Comment #10

NM. no sleep. reading comprehension is pretty fail right now..

*edit*.

PS - I <3 peanut butter.

Comment #11

I could see where using a measuring spoon would be very critical when it comes to Peanut Butter. I broke down and bought a little scales and a cheap set of measuring spoons that I keep in the car for when I'm not home. I feel a little dorky but I'm dropping lots of weight just need to suck it up I guess..

Comment #12

Oh goodie. Troll's back!.

Comment #13

Lol the use of "acumen" coupled with "noone" really says it all..

Comment #14

LMAO!! French fries for me! I'm not overly fond of peanut butter, so this is non issue for me. But I measure everything!.

Comment #15

LMAO!!!!! *standing ovation*.

Comment #16

No, what says it all is using your troll alt for grammar comebacks..

Comment #17

LOL, See's! Yum!.

What's great about Medifast is we all have a choice. No one has to eat PB but boy is it good once in awhile in a choc pudding frosty.

Comment #18

I love penutbutter!.

Comment #19

Eagle, I appreciate your post. It is a good reminder of how lack of disapline can slow us down. I guess I am an all or nothing type of guy. If I am disciplined enough to eat this pre-packaged food, I certainly don't want to blow it by not measuring or weighing the food I have the freedom to choose....Just my thoughts..

Comment #20

It's a slippery slope. I use peanut butter to give my dog her meds and boy does it smell good. When I first started with the meds, I found myself licking fingers and looking longingly at the spoon. Definitely no PB snacking for me! I doubt I'd be able to stop at one bite....

Emma.

Comment #21

What about if it's smeared over a Peanut Butter Crunch Bar?.

Hee Hee - just kidding!.

Where is it listed as an approved snack?? Can someone guide me to it??.

Thanks!.

Comment #22

My only problem with PB is it can be a huge trigger for many. To each their own. No one here is the diet police..

I have had PB on occasion but honestly the only way I really want it is if it's inside of a reese's pb cup and since they haven't approved that for a snack yet, I'll keep holding out.

Comment #23

It all comes down to measuring everything other than Medifast food.

Comment #24

There's a new "revised' list that has pb, but not a printable version yet, I dont think. If you go on the nurtritionist side there is some mention about it, and the nuts that are allowed now. Hope this helps!.

Comment #25

Pb is a big trigger for me no matter how much or little I would eat so it is off plan period. Thanks for the post Eagle, I got your point and think it is a very good one..

Comment #26

I like the PB2....but I still only do a tablespoon...way way way less fat for you....

MHO..only of course.....

I love my peanut butter......

Comment #27

GO BACK TO THE CHAT WHERE YOU BELONG LMFAO!.

Comment #28

I live for my daily peanut butter. It might affect my weight loss, but I'm happy with 12 pounds in three weeks.

On a different measuring note, I did just buy a digital kitchen scale. It might just be my new favorite kitchen tool! Measuring cups and spoons can be pretty inaccurate, and weight is always the same..

Comment #29

IMO, I think PB2 should be listed as the snack option. Not just peanut butter. PB2 has excellent nutritional numbers and I only do a tablespoon as well. About once a week. I think the secret is that you have to make it, so it takes work! It isn't like the jar is sitting in the cupboard ready for you to stick your finger in! When used properly, like after a workout, the extra protein is really great. I love it and it is something healthy that I can use forever..

Comment #30

Not on my plan and thanks Eagle for reminding why it shouldn't be.

Comment #31

Looks like it is:.

Comment #32

It's only peanut butter people... it's not that serious. If you want to be on the safe side have a teaspoon of it instead of a tablespoon!.

Comment #33

Great post. You are so right on Eagle. Not measuring a high fat snack like that can be a huge problem (no pun intended). I have been making every effort to carefully measure everything - I have 3 sets of measuring spoons and cups now - just in case one set is still in the dishwasher or I have too many measuring needs at once. LOL! .

I finally talked my mom into getting measuring spoons so she could accurately measure out TBSP for making her brownies. She was amazed at the difference in how good mine were compared to hers. Normally I make hers for her, but some times - she runs out! So, now she owns a set of measuring spoons and is impressed at the difference using a REAL TBSP makes in the Brownies..

I use all natural PB so that is only 6g carb in TWO TBSP..

So, 1 is only 3g and I only have it maybe once a week or twice a month..

Not a trigger food for me, but do LOVE the flavor!.

(esp. in the brownie!).

Best advise to a newbie on Medifast - BUY MEASURING TOOLS! Use them!.

:-).

Comment #34

I live by my measuring spoons, measuring cups (I've got 3 sizes - 1 cup, 2 cups, and 4 cups), and my scale. There really is a difference between actual measuring devices and tableware..

Comment #35

I live by my measuring spoons, measuring cups (I've got 3 sizes - 1 cup, 2 cups, and 4 cups), and my scale. There really is a difference between actual measuring devices and tableware. And I think I'm going to look for some natural PB. The idea of having this on a brownie is something I'd like to try..

Comment #36

I found out this summer how very IMPORTANT measuring everything on Medifast is...while we were away for 2 mths, I just "eyeballed" my veggie and meat servings instead of meticulously measuring as I do when I'm home. After all, I had been OP for 4 mths so I should be okay, right? WRONG!!.

I still lost...but about 1/2 as much as I should have. All those ounces, grams, tablespoons and teaspoons add up...especially when you're talking about a high-fat food like peanut butter..

Comment #37

That's why Medifast urges us to measure our food. Using a food scale is best and I think many of us do that, but even a plain measuring tablespoon works fine for the allowed amount of PB...

Comment #38

Don't question it, eagle. I hear that all the approved snacks are "chemically balanced" and only experts from the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins can possibly understand...

Comment #39

Well that is a HEAPING spoonful! I always use a leveled-off teaspoon or tablespoon for measuring ANYTHING - I never "eyeball" it...

Comment #40

I realize you've been holding on to your internet rage for quite a bit to interject on a snack post. And normally, I would approve of such awesome use of sarcasm..

However, you missed the point entirely. The point is "Operator error" is so huge here and can make the difference of hundreds of calories for minor errors in either not weighing or eyeballing..

It was meant to be informative for those who may not have the luxury (or acumen) to use a scale for peanut butter..

Obviously, if you use the proper tools to measure, you're in the clear. Noone should dispute that...

Comment #41

I figure that if I can stay fat long enough, eventually they will make See's candy an approved snack...

Comment #42

Hi - I know for me I could measure it out to 1/4 a tablespoon and it wouldn't matter, I would still be triggered to eat a box of Nutter Butters right after! Sadly, I have to pass up PB right now or I won't stay OP, sniff!..

Comment #43

FYI... for kicks I just weighed a LEVEL Tablespoon of PB and, yep, 16 grams, just like on the label..

ANYTHING can be a weight-loss killer if you don't properly measure!.

And now... I shall eat my peanut butter!..

Comment #44

NM. no sleep. reading comprehension is pretty fail right now..

*edit*.

PS - I <3 peanut butter..

Comment #45

I could see where using a measuring spoon would be very critical when it comes to Peanut Butter. I broke down and bought a little scales and a cheap set of measuring spoons that I keep in the car for when I'm not home. I feel a little dorky but I'm dropping lots of weight just need to suck it up I guess...

Comment #46

Lol the use of "acumen" coupled with "noone" really says it all...

Comment #47

LMAO!! French fries for me! I'm not overly fond of peanut butter, so this is non issue for me. But I measure everything!..

Comment #48

No, what says it all is using your troll alt for grammar comebacks...

Comment #49

LOL, See's! Yum!.

What's great about Medifast is we all have a choice. No one has to eat PB but boy is it good once in awhile in a choc pudding frosty..

Comment #50

Eagle, I appreciate your post. It is a good reminder of how lack of disapline can slow us down. I guess I am an all or nothing type of guy. If I am disciplined enough to eat this pre-packaged food, I certainly don't want to blow it by not measuring or weighing the food I have the freedom to choose....Just my thoughts...

Comment #51

It's a slippery slope. I use peanut butter to give my dog her meds and boy does it smell good. When I first started with the meds, I found myself licking fingers and looking longingly at the spoon. Definitely no PB snacking for me! I doubt I'd be able to stop at one bite....

Emma..

Comment #52

What about if it's smeared over a Peanut Butter Crunch Bar?.

Hee Hee - just kidding!.

Where is it listed as an approved snack?? Can someone guide me to it??.

Thanks!..

Comment #53

My only problem with PB is it can be a huge trigger for many. To each their own. No one here is the diet police..

I have had PB on occasion but honestly the only way I really want it is if it's inside of a reese's pb cup and since they haven't approved that for a snack yet, I'll keep holding out..

Comment #54

It all comes down to measuring everything other than Medifast food..

Comment #55

There's a new "revised' list that has pb, but not a printable version yet, I dont think. If you go on the nurtritionist side there is some mention about it, and the nuts that are allowed now. Hope this helps!..

Comment #56

Pb is a big trigger for me no matter how much or little I would eat so it is off plan period. Thanks for the post Eagle, I got your point and think it is a very good one...

Comment #57

I like the PB2....but I still only do a tablespoon...way way way less fat for you....

MHO..only of course.....

I love my peanut butter.......

Comment #58

GO BACK TO THE CHAT WHERE YOU BELONG LMFAO!..

Comment #59

I live for my daily peanut butter. It might affect my weight loss, but I'm happy with 12 pounds in three weeks.

On a different measuring note, I did just buy a digital kitchen scale. It might just be my new favorite kitchen tool! Measuring cups and spoons can be pretty inaccurate, and weight is always the same...

Comment #60

IMO, I think PB2 should be listed as the snack option. Not just peanut butter. PB2 has excellent nutritional numbers and I only do a tablespoon as well. About once a week. I think the secret is that you have to make it, so it takes work! It isn't like the jar is sitting in the cupboard ready for you to stick your finger in! When used properly, like after a workout, the extra protein is really great. I love it and it is something healthy that I can use forever...

Comment #61

Not on my plan and thanks Eagle for reminding why it shouldn't be..

Comment #62

It's only peanut butter people... it's not that serious. If you want to be on the safe side have a teaspoon of it instead of a tablespoon!..

Comment #63

Great post. You are so right on Eagle. Not measuring a high fat snack like that can be a huge problem (no pun intended). I have been making every effort to carefully measure everything - I have 3 sets of measuring spoons and cups now - just in case one set is still in the dishwasher or I have too many measuring needs at once. LOL!.

I finally talked my mom into getting measuring spoons so she could accurately measure out TBSP for making her brownies. She was amazed at the difference in how good mine were compared to hers. Normally I make hers for her, but some times - she runs out! So, now she owns a set of measuring spoons and is impressed at the difference using a REAL TBSP makes in the Brownies..

I use all natural PB so that is only 6g carb in TWO TBSP..

So, 1 is only 3g and I only have it maybe once a week or twice a month..

Not a trigger food for me, but do LOVE the flavor!.

(esp. in the brownie!).

Best advise to a newbie on Medifast - BUY MEASURING TOOLS! Use them!.

:-)..

Comment #64

I live by my measuring spoons, measuring cups (I've got 3 sizes - 1 cup, 2 cups, and 4 cups), and my scale. There really is a difference between actual measuring devices and tableware...

Comment #65

I live by my measuring spoons, measuring cups (I've got 3 sizes - 1 cup, 2 cups, and 4 cups), and my scale. There really is a difference between actual measuring devices and tableware. And I think I'm going to look for some natural PB. The idea of having this on a brownie is something I'd like to try...

Comment #66

I found out this summer how very IMPORTANT measuring everything on Medifast is...while we were away for 2 mths, I just "eyeballed" my veggie and meat servings instead of meticulously measuring as I do when I'm home. After all, I had been OP for 4 mths so I should be okay, right? WRONG!!.

I still lost...but about 1/2 as much as I should have. All those ounces, grams, tablespoons and teaspoons add up...especially when you're talking about a high-fat food like peanut butter...

Comment #67


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