It is a New Year and we are all geared up and ready to take on our health in one way or another – am I right? Some of us have very distinct weight loss goals, while others of us just want to cut down on processed foods, or try to go organic as much as possible.
I felt it was only right to start off the New Year with a fresh breakfast smoothie that not only has a familiar flavor combination that is somewhat comforting, but also packs a punch nutritionally. We’re talking peanut butter banana smoothies – YUM!
I love love love using bananas in smoothies because my family can never get to all the bananas before they go bad, therefore by default, we always have frozen bananas ready to go for smoothies. I like to use frozen fruit in my smoothies because they are less watered down by ice and just seem to be more nutritionally dense for me. Plus, bananas are so creamy when they are blended, it’s just – oh, perfect!
We all know about bananas and that they are a good source of potassium and are an excellent source of vitamin B6 which aids in metabolism; but let’s get to the peanut butter, a little more controversial. Now while peanut butter is a decent source of protein, offering 7 grams per 2 tbsp and gives you 8% (2gm) of your daily fiber, it's quite high in fat and saturated fats, 16 and 3 grams respectively. We’re talking grocery market favorite brands such as Skippy and Jif, not the organic no added salt/sugar types.
Enter in Bell Plantation.
These geniuses created a peanut butter powder called PB2. They press out the oils (85% of the fat source in peanut butter) and dehydrate what is left into a fine powder, PB2! For those that are calorie and fat conscious, such as myself – this product is a dream! We're talking 1.5 grams of fat in PB2 compared to 16 grams (3 of them being saturated) in regular peanut butter. There are 45 calories in 2 tbsp of PB2; and 190 in regular peanut butter.
Now enough of this mumbo jumbo – let’s get to slurping this crazy good for you smoothie!
- 4-6 oz milk of choice regular, almond, rice or soy
- 2-3 tbsp PB2
- Drizzle of Honey
- 1-1 1/2 banana frozen and sliced
- Combine ingredients in the order listed into a blender.
- Blend until well combined or until the preferred consistency is reached.
- Optional add-ins: chia seeds, ground flax seed, goji berries, spirulina powder, etc.