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Thank you so much for all the motivational mantras in Wednesday’s morning post.  I was having a really tough run this afternoon, and one mantra in particular really made me pull through.


It was something along the lines of, “Commitment is what you do when no one else is looking.”  I wanted to quit my run, but it was probably my last workout before Sunday’s race.  I thought, “I’m committed to this, and even though I don’t have a running buddy with me, I’m going to finish what I started.” 


I did a 5K (3.1 miles) in about 32 minutes.  And honestly, it felt great at the end. 🙂 Sometimes you just gotta push yourself a little!


Pre-run snack of Cheerios + brown rice crispies + rice milk:


Post-run fuel was a Cherry Chocolate Bomb.  Best… smoothie… ever.  Try it!


My smoothie contained:


  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 15 frozen cherries
  • Nesquik (mmm!)
  • Couple slices of frozen peaches


Since the smoothie was pretty much part one of dinner (it was super filling!), I had an almond butter sandwich with honey for part two.


I bought Maranatha AB at Costco in bulk, and I totally regret it.  It does not even come close to comparing to Justin’s Maple Syrup Almond butter, no matter how I dress it up.


Justin’s rules.  Worth the $9.99 insanity.


Who rules your nut buttah world?  PS – Does anyone else remember the direction of the ‘greater than’ or ‘less than’ symbol by pretending it’s an alligator mouth that eats the bigger amount first?



  • jenny (green food diaries) May 20, 2010, 8:01 pm

    “Commitment is what you do when no one else is looking.”… wow… i love that.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 20, 2010, 8:02 pm

    Yeah I thought Maranatha would be really good but I bought some and I was highly dissapointed… I’m all about PB&Co., Barney Butter, and Trader Joe’s salted roasted creamy almond butter (ha that’s a mouthful).
    Love that quote… so true! And go you!

  • Jenna May 20, 2010, 8:08 pm

    I do love MaraNatha, but I must try Justin’s since I still haven’t! I do love me some Barney Butter, too!

  • Katherine May 20, 2010, 8:09 pm

    I wish all nut butters came in small packages; I don’t know what to buy or which is best!!! costco is a commitment to a brand when you buy in bulk

    true commitment to something is about doing it for no other reason; so if other people are looking and that’s why you’re doing it, well, you get the picture.

    who is the second smoothie for? two cups are a big yes! I didn’t know there were brown rice crispies in the world

    • Caitlin May 20, 2010, 8:11 pm

      both cups were for me! hehe.

  • Lindsay May 20, 2010, 8:10 pm

    I love any almond butter that’s gritty! I’m cheap so I usually buy the Flax Seed & Almond Butter at TJs.

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner May 20, 2010, 8:11 pm

    I bought some Maranantha and I’m not a fan either 🙁

  • Evan Thomas May 20, 2010, 8:11 pm

    Yes! that’s just how I remember it 🙂
    Well, I swear I have 30+ jars of nut butter, and Justin’s chocolate flavors are some of the best. I also really love some of the PB&Co. ones. But price for taste, 365 brand is the best for something cheap and delicious. Oh, and Trader Joe knocks out everyone for almond butter, unless it’s raw which is like a whole ‘nother experience

  • Karen @ Not Just Celery May 20, 2010, 8:12 pm

    I too am obsessed with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter. Is it really $9.99 at Whole Foods by you? I am pretty sure it’s $6.99 at my Whole foods. Sorry the Maranatha doesn’t live up!

    Great job pushing through your run; I read a quote somewhere the other day that said no one ever says “boy I wish I hadn’t worked out/gone to the gym today.” Like you did on your run today whenever I pull through a workout that I initially struggle with, I always feel better at the end!

    Have fun in Cali, can’t wait to read your race recap!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 20, 2010, 8:12 pm

    I actually have that same jar of MaraNatha almond butter from Costco an I love it!!

  • VeggieGirl May 20, 2010, 8:12 pm

    My all-time favorite nut butter brand is Futter’s. I love their macadamia nut butter, almond butter, walnut butter, pumpkin seed butter, sunflower seed butter, brazil nut butter…. holy yum.

  • ari May 20, 2010, 8:13 pm

    that’s the only way i can remember which sign is which.

  • Tay May 20, 2010, 8:15 pm

    I agree. Justin’s is AMAZINGGGGGG. Nothing else beats it. Okay the TJs flax almond butter is pretty legit too.

  • Lisa C. May 20, 2010, 8:16 pm

    Isn’t that how everyone remembers it??! lol
    I”m glad you made it through your run! Good for you 🙂

  • BethT May 20, 2010, 8:17 pm

    I hate all nut butters except peanut butter. Trader Joe’s creamy, salted natural PB is $2 a jar and awesome!

  • mary ann May 20, 2010, 8:18 pm

    that’s so funny that you brought up the AB issue… because just yesterday I decided that i really needed to bring a lil more depth of flave to that jar so I added a few TB of pure vt maple syrup and a little cinnamon. PERFECTION!! For a different twist this AM i stirred in a sprinkling of flax for texture (im a chunky kinda girl) and it was quite tasty. i know ground flax is more nutrient rich when ground, but i purely did it for crunch factor. If i could afford chia seeds, i bet those would be an awesome touch too, like KERF’s nutzo!

    • Caitlin May 21, 2010, 8:48 am

      you are like a PB chef!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite May 20, 2010, 8:19 pm

    I just can’t get into almond butter or any other nut butter. I’m with BethT. My fave is Trader Joe’s creamy salted PB! It’s the best!

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story May 20, 2010, 8:20 pm

    I generally go with Pac Man instead of an alligator. 🙂

  • BroccoliHut May 20, 2010, 8:20 pm

    Whole Foods brand holds the key to my almond butter lovin’ heart. I like their PB too.
    I remember the less than sign because it looks like an “L.” Still using those 5th grade tricks;)

  • Lee May 20, 2010, 8:20 pm

    I still think about the alligator for greater than or less than. And, I do the see which hand makes the L for my left and right.

  • Erin May 20, 2010, 8:21 pm

    I love Trader Joe’s unsalted creamy PB. Totally loyal. Although open to new flavors and samples. 😉

  • Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches May 20, 2010, 8:23 pm

    I rule my nut butter world! I just made Gingerbread Walnut butter yesterday in my mini food processor. A few days ago, it was Honey Cashew Coconut Butter, which is like heaven in a jar.

    The nut butter possibilities have just begun.

    When I’m not going to town with the food processor, I like Justin’s too! I heart the Honey Peanut Butter. 🙂

  • loreejo May 20, 2010, 8:24 pm

    alligator mouth math = you are from FL :^)

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 20, 2010, 8:26 pm

    I actually hate almond butter – it is not sweet enough for me. I love peanut butter – my fave is Naturally More.

  • Dori May 20, 2010, 8:31 pm

    I remember it because the less than looks like an L.

    I agree on Justin’s! Nothing else comes close. And for peanut butter, Peanut Butter & Co.

  • sirenjess May 20, 2010, 8:33 pm

    I love Justin’s!!! MaraNatha has awesome peanut butter. I do love Barney but I love Justin’s. Has anyone been able to find the chocolate almond butter or chocolate peanut butter from Justin’s?

  • Katie@peacebeme May 20, 2010, 8:33 pm

    Yes I remember that from math class!

    I like Vanilla Almond Butter from Naturally Nutty.
    And for peanut butter, the regular kind – NOT natural 🙂 – from the grocery store, extra crunchy.

    • devon May 20, 2010, 9:10 pm

      Vanilla almond butter??!?!?! That sounds AMAZING!

      I like Blue diamond creamy with honey 🙂

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog May 20, 2010, 8:34 pm

    I was totally taught the alligator mouth thing!! That’s solid Miami public school education for you 🙂

  • Alison May 20, 2010, 8:35 pm

    I like Trader Joe’s almond butter (with sea salt) or the TJ’s kind that’s mixed with flax (can’t remember the actual name).
    The only way I could ever remember greater than/less than was by saying to myself “the alligator eats the bigger number.” Math isn’t my thing.

  • Julz May 20, 2010, 8:36 pm

    Alligators love maple syrup almond butter! haha

    the pb loco brand chocolate chip cookie dough peanut butter is amazing, we can’t keep the jar around long at all!

  • Kath May 20, 2010, 8:39 pm

    OMG I LOVE Maranatha!!

  • lisa May 20, 2010, 8:42 pm

    Two favorites: Trader Joe’s sunflower seed butter, and Stop and Shop’s cashew butter. Love that the cashew butter is not salted; it makes for a perfect oatmeal topper.

  • Camille May 20, 2010, 8:47 pm

    Honey is so rocking my world right now. Every time I see you or another blogger having it, I get insanely hungry!

  • Angie May 20, 2010, 8:49 pm

    I loove Trader Joes raw creamy almond butter. Have you tried it? So yummy. Justin’s maple is a close second for me.

    Question for you, Caitlin- what kind of running shoes do you have? I’m sure you have a post on this somewhere, but I thought I’d ask what you recommend. Thanks and good luck on your race coming up!!

    • Caitlin May 21, 2010, 8:50 am

      I have Brooks Summons. Love me some Brooks! Get fitted at a running store though. If you run in your shoes and don’t like them, most running stores will still let you bring them back.

  • Allie May 20, 2010, 8:50 pm

    ha ha- i go with pacman, but that might be dating me! i have never tried justin’s and i feel like i might be missing out on something great, because i like marantha a lot (although i’ve never really met a nut butter i can say i don’t like).

  • Lori (Finding Radiance) May 20, 2010, 8:51 pm

    I make my own nut butters now and just love them! Although, Naturally Nutty has some awesome flavors.

  • mary ann May 20, 2010, 8:51 pm

    you HAVE to try Saratoga PB Co. (check out their website).Its roots are in my old college town, so i have to mention them, im not ususally a flavored pb gal, call me a purist, but the adirondack jack is to die for! i think youd love it. you can even get smaller sized sample packs! not to mention their story is cute to boot!

  • Jen May 20, 2010, 8:53 pm

    I actually have decided to rule my own nut butter world (thanks to vitamix). I’ve made peanut, almond, and cashew so far. Although I am trying to find some Barney Butter since I’ve heard lots of positive reviews on it, no luck yet.

  • Julie May 20, 2010, 8:57 pm

    The way I remember it is that Pac man likes to eat the bigger score. I even remember drawing little pac men on my tests in elementary school.

  • Nicole Y. May 20, 2010, 8:58 pm

    I love MaraNatha RAW Organic Almond Butter (creamy not crunchy).. It’s the best I’ve ever had and totally worth the $18.99 I pay for it!! I absolutely don’t like the regular MaraNatha Almond Butter, gotta get the the raw!!

  • J May 20, 2010, 8:59 pm

    Sunflowerbutter, Hempini (hempseed butter), pistachio butter, and tahini rock my world!

  • Krystina May 20, 2010, 9:01 pm

    I love Trader Joe’s almond butter. I bought Blue Diamond chunky almond butter because it was on sale at Whole Foods but it totally sucks. 🙁

  • *Andrea* May 20, 2010, 9:02 pm

    i love justin’s maple almond butter! wayyyy better than barney butter or maranatha (close second though). i also love flaxy naturally more pb and maranatha dark chocolate nut butters

  • Larissa H May 20, 2010, 9:10 pm

    trader joes almond butter all the way just almonds and salt

  • Astar May 20, 2010, 9:12 pm

    This is my first time posting a comment–I read your blog every day! I had to tell you that I found my beloved jar of Justin’s Maple Syrup Almond Butter at Marshalls for $6.99!!!

  • Kate May 20, 2010, 9:13 pm

    I definitely am guilty of the alligator trick. I learned it in grade school and I do it to this day!

  • Michele May 20, 2010, 9:17 pm

    I always heard the quote was about character — “Character is what you do when no one is looking.” – child psychiatrist Robert Coles Commitment works too, but really commitment is a part of character.

    Regarding nut butter, my heart belongs to Trader Joe’s Raw Unsalted Creamy Almond Butter.

  • Katie @ Two Lives, One Lifestyle May 20, 2010, 9:18 pm

    I was lacking in motivation today, texted Kelli about it and she was in the same boat. Then I saw that quote when you tweeted it and it was perfect timing. I texted it to her and she loved it too. So there ya go, at least 3 of us were saying that quote on our run tonight 🙂

  • Kelly May 20, 2010, 9:18 pm

    Lol sadly- I remember the alligator thing for inequality signs because I teach it to my 6 year olds haha. I don’t think I learned it that way as a kid, though I have to say it would have made it easier. Good to know my kids may still be thinking about it in their twenties!

  • emptynutjar May 20, 2010, 9:23 pm

    I love maranatha…but i haven’t tried Justins ( i don’t think its in canada ?)…but maranatha i love…BUT…
    ARTISANA is best hands-down…but costs 2 arms and legs to buy….too bad!

  • Ellen May 20, 2010, 9:27 pm

    i always buy that almond butter from costco too, because i eat too much of it to pay for the little jars. i ALWAYS add some sea salt to the jar when i stir it up. it takes the blah almond butter to a whole ‘nother level! no reason you could add some maple syrup or honey too.

    • Ellen May 20, 2010, 9:28 pm


  • Rebecca May 20, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Justin’s nut butters rule my world. Those squeeze packs are the best! Chocolate almond butter is to die for, actually I haven’t had a Justin’s flavor that I didn’t like. Love your Blog:)

  • Mary May 20, 2010, 9:50 pm

    Seriously, that is probably the ONLY way that I can remember the symbol. good luck in your race on sunday! you’re going to ROCK! 🙂

  • emily May 20, 2010, 9:50 pm

    Justins is one of my favorites as well, but my heart belongs to Trader Joe’s Sunflower Seed Butter.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) May 20, 2010, 9:52 pm

    I only remember that symbol with that trick. It’s been the only way I can.

    I love Trader Joe’s Raw Crunch Almond Butter. I can’t stand any others really. Too sweet or too salty.

  • caronae May 20, 2010, 9:57 pm

    I actually like the maranatha AB a lot. Not the raw kind though, only the roasted version. BUT I also love the justin’s maple ab and, let’s face it, pretty much every nut butter in the world. The WF plain pb is pretty awesome and inexpensive…

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) May 20, 2010, 10:03 pm

    haha that’s exactly how I remember the greater than/less than symbol!

  • Katheryn May 20, 2010, 10:11 pm

    I buy the Costco almond butter on occasion. I don’t love it, but it’s yummy in almond butter chocolate chip cookies. My favorite almond butter is Trader Joe’s with flaxseed. Holy yum. I picked it up two months ago when I was in Las Vegas. I wish I had a Trader Joe’s near me.

    Oh, and the alligator mouth is the only way I’ve ever been able to remember that symbol.

  • Amy B (Second City Randomness) May 20, 2010, 10:20 pm

    I’m a fan of the TJ’s brand. For any kind of nut butter. And it’s moderately priced! That might even make it taste that much better in my book… 😉

  • Marci May 20, 2010, 10:21 pm

    I actually found Justin’s CHOCOLATE Almond butter at TK Maxx yesterday ($7.99) along with the mini packs– maple, original and cinnamon (59 cents). I was shocked…check it out!

    • Caitlin May 21, 2010, 8:51 am

      I always look when I’m there but no luck so far!

  • Samantha May 20, 2010, 10:21 pm

    Great Mantra!!!

    I too love Justin’s but we can only get it here in the sample packets. They work well for hiking snacks though paired with apples and carrots. I just bought nutzo yesterday, our health food store started carrying it. $15/jar. UGH! And I got two so I have extra when I run out. (they’re VERY slow to restock)

  • Marci May 20, 2010, 10:22 pm

    oops.. TJ Maxx

  • alli May 20, 2010, 10:22 pm

    haha! that’s EXACTLY how i remember it! although here in az i think we might have made it a rattlesnake or something 😉
    i haven’t had either nut butters. i get mine at frys (krogers?). they have dry roasted almonds in a machine that churns ’em into buttah, so i just get what i need for the week (i cant get more than that- i have no self control when it comes to almond butter!)

  • Gracie (complicated day) May 20, 2010, 10:22 pm

    Haha, nooo I never envisioned an alligator mouth! But it did bother me when I was learning that directionally the smaller or the larger amount could be first; I remember thinking that we should always use the representation of “greater than” and simply rearrange our equation because then we’d only need to employ one symbol – plus it made more sense to always have it in teh same order. I was a nerdy little grade schooler, lol!

  • Noelle May 20, 2010, 10:24 pm

    Mr. Barney rocks my nut butter world. But ironically I’m having a Maranatha AB love affair now. Absence makes the heart grow fonder!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now May 20, 2010, 10:25 pm

    Strangely enough, I was thinking about that “greater than and less than” symbols on my run today and trying to remember which one goes which way! And the alligator thing was the trick to remembering! 🙂 Weird!

  • Martha May 20, 2010, 10:29 pm

    Caitlin, I’m a freaking MATH PH.D. STUDENT and I still use the alligator trick, every time. If anyone says they don’t, they’re lying to you.

    • Caitlin May 21, 2010, 8:51 am


  • lauren l. May 20, 2010, 10:35 pm

    I say you’ll get used to the Maranatha AB. I first tried almond butter in Barney Butter form which is amazing, but unavailable in Kansas. I love Maranatha AB from Costco b/c it is free of salt or added oils, so cheap and pretty yummy when you get it all stirred up – I bought FOUR jars yesterday because my boyfriend who has the Costco membership is going away for a summer internship and I didn’t want to run out before he was in town again!

  • kate May 20, 2010, 10:35 pm

    I remember by thinking its a pacman eating. Maybe if I was from Florida we would of been taught alligators!

  • Diana(mymarblerye) May 20, 2010, 10:36 pm

    Dark chocolate almond butter by maranatha for the win!!! Please get it for snacks for your century this weekend! I beg you!

  • Elizabeth May 20, 2010, 10:46 pm

    I recently tried making my own and it’s actually really good! You just blend almonds (roasted or raw) in a food processor till it’s creamy! I added some honey to mine at the end.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit May 20, 2010, 10:49 pm

    I usually go with Teddy organic smooth PB… kind of boring but I swear it’s WAY better than their non-organic kind.

  • Erin May 20, 2010, 10:55 pm

    Mantras really are great, aren’t they?! I use them during work, while working out, and doing anything else that I want to quit (including cleaning the house! ha!)

    Maple Syrup Almond Butter? That sounds heavenly. I need to work on getting that into the pantry!

  • Michele May 20, 2010, 10:57 pm

    I do not, but I may or may not remember horizontal because whores lay down. 😉

  • Megan@maintainingthathealthybalance May 20, 2010, 10:58 pm

    I have never had this maple syrup almond butter but it sounds delicious!

  • JenRD May 20, 2010, 10:58 pm

    Trader Joe’s has the best almond butters–and they are something like $3.99. The smooth and chunky are pretty awesome, but the roasted almond flax seed butter is UH-MA-ZING! Just the right amount of sweetness, saltiness, and crunch.

  • Caroline (Ribbons, Roads, Raspberries) May 20, 2010, 11:16 pm

    Oh Caitlin, you’re breaking my heart! I LOVE Maranatha, though not as much as beloved Barney Butter. Unfortunately no stores near me sell it and my parents aren’t convinced it’s soooo good I need to order it online…but it is SOOO GOOD. Like the commenter above, TJs actually makes amazing almond butters…and they are SO affordable!

  • Zelda May 20, 2010, 11:42 pm

    Yes! I remember that! But for some reason I always thought the mouth ate the smaller one first and saved the bigger one for later. What an odd child I was.. Actually, if I remember correctly, I failed some tests because of that..

  • Ashley May 20, 2010, 11:52 pm

    I am hoooooked on making all of my own nut butters. It saves a lot of money and I am getting really creative with them. Coconut butter + peanut butter are by far the easiest [they’re all easy but those come together the quickest] My latest creations are Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter [to.die.for] – Salt Kissed Cinnamon Pecan Butter and a Cocoa-Coconut Pnut Butter. I agree about tastes like paste! 😉

  • Manda May 21, 2010, 12:09 am

    Lol “you know you’re from Florida when” re: the greater than sign haha!

  • Cristina May 21, 2010, 12:16 am

    I’ve taken 7 calculus classes in college so far, and I’m getting my minor in mathematical sciences, and yes, I still have to pretend the greater than/less than sign is an alligator to figure out which way it goes! Go figure…

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 21, 2010, 12:22 am

    Your smoothie looks AMAZINGLY thick. I love it!

    I absolutely adore peanut butter, any kind. I tried Justin’s almond butter and I thought it was okay. But peanut butters rock my world!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 21, 2010, 12:42 am

    My first almond butter was that exact same stuff in Costco pack as well. Definitely doesn’t compare to the TJ’s flaxseed almond butter.

  • Monica vs The World May 21, 2010, 1:22 am

    TJ Roasted Almond Flax butter! Yummmmmmmmm

  • Danielle May 21, 2010, 1:38 am

    the alligator is totally how i remember !!

    i like the do-it-yourself almond butter that you can make at Whole Foods as well as the trader joe’s creamy AB with sea salt. i’ve tried that costco brand as well, and it wasn’t bad just seemed much more oily.

  • Wei-Wei May 21, 2010, 2:51 am

    I saw MaraNatha cashew and macadamia butters in the imported supermarket the other day. I’ve heard lots of good things about MaraNatha, but in the end I didn’t buy it because was RIDICULOUSLY expensive. D: And the jar was tiny! (That’s okay, I can still make my own. ;))

    I’ve only ever tried one kind of nut butter – peanut butter. Only two brands: Skippy, and homemade. Both are kinda fail, but I’m working on the homemade kind! Why, oh, why, does it always have to freeze up in the fridge? Is that why peanut butter doesn’t belong in the fridge? What if it goes bad when it’s not in the fridge? :S


    • Caitlin May 21, 2010, 8:56 am

      You don’t have to keep it in the fridge… I don’t keep my Justin’s in the fridge (the jar says not to)

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) May 21, 2010, 2:56 am

    i have never tried anything besides peanut butter… i did not know about all of these other things before i left the states… and i have had homemade cashew butter here but that is it! i can not wait to try almond butter. as of now, nothing beats dark chocolate dreams. although i can only put it on certain things so that i don´t eat the whole jar in a day. so good.

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 21, 2010, 3:07 am

    Haha I ALWAYS forgret the direction of the sign! Which sucks considering it’s pretty vital to all my stats work at uni 😛
    I’ve got one squeezy pack of maple AB, sent from the USA..I’m saving it 😛 plus I’m scared to eat it cos the one jar of AB I’ve ever had wasn’t that nice 🙁 peanut butter all the way!

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 21, 2010, 4:23 am

    I actually like MaraNatha nut butters, but I’ve never had Justin’s to compare. I also love Peanut Butter & Co. Yum


  • Julia @ May 21, 2010, 5:01 am

    I liked that quote too. Good luck tomorrow. I was just reaing an od post of yours guest blogging on no meat athlete. You have come a long way!


  • Sarah May 21, 2010, 6:12 am

    The alligator mouth is how I learned less than and greater than signs. I use that particular memory trick for my students now!
    I’m a self-proclaimed nut butter lover (I’ve tried many), and my absolute favorite? It’s still smucker’s natural peanut butter. Unless you count coconut butter…that stuff is divine.

  • Becky May 21, 2010, 6:40 am

    I’m obsessed with Justin’s. Recently, I started finding it at places like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and Home Goods for $4.99! I don’t know if you have any discount stores like that near you, but check it out because it was a very exciting find!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) May 21, 2010, 7:12 am

    My current obsession is cashew butter! I get it from a local Canadian company here, but it is sooo freakin’ good!!


  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn May 21, 2010, 7:49 am

    TOTALLY remember the alligator mouth. hilarious.

  • Tammy May 21, 2010, 8:18 am

    Yesterday, I had to let myself NOT “push myself”..I tried a run and I tried spinning…I was just sore and worn out….I quit and took the night off. I needed that! As far as nut butter goes, I hate Maranatha too! Ick! I haven’t yet found an almond butter that I like, but I do buy the Naturally More peanut butter. I love the texture. I think I am going to make some of my own “Hippy butter”, as heard about on Tina’s blog (Carrot’s N’Cake)..

  • Jessie May 21, 2010, 8:34 am

    I am definitely a PB fan over AB, but I was especially put off by the Maranatha AB. Hubby loves AB and won’t go near it.

  • Alyssa May 21, 2010, 8:41 am

    The other day I threw some pecans in my magic bullet with cinnamon and vanilla and it became my new favorite (cheap) nut butter! I also love Trader Joes brand. I teach first grade and teach the greater than/less than using plastic alligators that “bite” the bigger number. Have a great trip, good luck on your race!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 21, 2010, 8:48 am

    I love that quote! And my favorite peanut butter is the jumbo 365 bulk one because it’s cheap. Marnatha’s almond butter is my pick, also because I can get it from Costco for cheap.

  • Helen May 21, 2010, 8:56 am

    I fully agree with that quote and might steal it for myself. That was a good time for the 5k as well. You definitely deserved TWO cups of smoothie after that!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) May 21, 2010, 9:00 am

    Way to push through your run, Caitlin 🙂
    I’m in love with Trader Joe’s Raw Creamy (ew, hate that word) Almond Butter. Rocks my foodie world.

  • Therese May 21, 2010, 9:10 am

    I love PB&Co! Their flavours are to-die for and still all natural! They are great in oats!

    Congrats on getting through your run, those days are the HARDEST run days and now you can be extra proud of yourself for pushing through it and finishing. Way to go!

    I didn’t have the alligator analogy but I did have the analogy of it “eating” the greater number!

  • Heather May 21, 2010, 9:10 am

    haha yes! I teach 5th grade and that’s how I teach it hehe!(and how I personally remember it!)

  • Tricia May 21, 2010, 9:10 am

    One thing I noticed about Cost Co’s version of Maranatha AB. I have bought this brand in a smaller version at Whole Foods and it tasted a ton better. I then looked at the ingredients and realized the one at Cost Co does not have any added sugar which I guess is a good thing but it doesn’t taste as good. It is strange to me they would make two versions but I guess they do! I am bummed because it is going to take me 6 months to finish this huge jar!!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 21, 2010, 9:13 am

    I still have to think about the alligator mouth when I use those symbols- and I have to use the “L’s” with my hand to figure out right and left haha

  • allison @ livingoneday May 21, 2010, 9:13 am

    i love crazy richard’s peanut butter. i also make my own almond butter, so that’s pretty good too. but my all-time favorite was a small jar that i bought in vermont. it was mixed nuts, maple syrup, and then an add in of your choice (3 possible choices – cinnamon, chipotle, and one other that i forget!) i chose the cinnamon, and the combination of toasted nuts, maple syrup, and cinnamon was amazing. im on a mission to recreate

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 21, 2010, 9:34 am

    I just got Barney Butter and love it!! But I also really like Maranatha — which makes me want to try Justin’s to compare!!

    I think I would like any nut butter put in front of me, but I have to say that Naturally Nutty’s Butter Toffee PB is probably my #1 at this point!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat May 21, 2010, 9:46 am

    I love MaraNatha! But the Justin’s is good too. Right now I just have the Whole Foods brand AB.

    I’ve never heard the alligator expression before, that must be a Florida thing, haha, just kidding 😉

  • Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby May 21, 2010, 9:52 am

    Perhaps I’m a crazy blasphemer, but I totally do not understand all the almond butter love! I’m a straight up Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter with Honey advocate 🙂 Almond butter just always makes me feel cottonmouthed. And that doesn’t jive with me 🙂

  • Beth @ May 21, 2010, 10:12 am

    Maranatha is probably my fave brand of nut butter…ever!! Although I do love Justin’s Maple AB to squeeze over top mashed banana toast. Right now I am eating Trader Joe’s but butter though, because I have a very hard time controlling how much Maranatha I consume! eek.

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) May 21, 2010, 10:34 am

    I would agree that Justin’s takes the cake when it comes to all nut butters!

  • Stephanie May 21, 2010, 11:22 am

    That is the ONLY way I remember the greater than or less than signs. Without it, I could never know. haha

  • Sami May 21, 2010, 11:38 am

    I <3 Naturally More. Have you ever tried it? 🙂

    I don't know though, I'm pretty excited that Barney Butter just got added to my local store! WOO hoo.

  • Rachel May 21, 2010, 11:45 am

    I like the President’s Choice crunchy almond butter – just almonds, no sugar or added oil (just how I like my nut butters!). Super flavourable and not weirdly processed smooth like some almond butters.

  • Holly B May 21, 2010, 2:50 pm

    hey girl- I love Justin’s too- so addicting! here’s a secret- just pour some 100% natural (ie “real) maple syrup in the jar, and a touch of salt (cinnamin rocks too!) and stir, stir, stir! It’s just as good and might be cheaper! 🙂 I’ve even made my own home-made this way

  • eatingRD May 21, 2010, 6:55 pm

    TJ’s brand peanut butter is my fav because it’s super roasty toasty 🙂

  • Susan @ Journey for Health May 21, 2010, 10:17 pm

    I don’t like the Marantha’s Almond Butter either! I love Barney Butter almond butter. I have been dying to try Justin’s, but can’t find it anywhere…

  • Alexa May 24, 2010, 10:46 am

    Totally agree on the Almond Butter, I was so disappointed when I bought that from Costco. It tasted like eating mashed up wood compared to Barney Butter, which I think is delicious. If only it were easier to get, I would splurge and order some.

  • Jolene ( May 24, 2010, 7:31 pm

    I just bought a couple sample packs of Justin’s in NY, and I can’t wait to try it now!!!

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