Smoothies are an excellent go-to food to replenish the body after a tough workout. This is especially true of this particular blend.
High in protein and healthy fat, this hunger curbing recipe makes for a hearty breakfast, lunch, or after-workout refresher.
The yogurt creates a smooth desert-tasting consistency while providing bacteria conducive to a healthy digestive system. Adding ice is optional, and makes for a thicker, cooler smoothie. Drink this after a workout to recharge your energy stores with heart healthy fat and protein (see nutrition info below).
Other nutritional perks of this blend
• The banana adds additional fiber, as well as potassium, manganese, and vitamin B6
• The yogurt adds probiotics, which promotes healthy digestion because of the flora that it encourages in the digestive tract
• The yogurt also adds calcium and extra protein
3/4 Cup plain or vanilla yogurt
2 Tbs Peanut Butter
1/8 Cup milk
3/4 Cup ice
How to make it
Add the milk, yogurt, and banana; blend. Add the peanut butter (smooth or crunchy) and blend again. Lastly, blend in desired amount of ice; the more ice, the thicker the consistency.
Makes one 14 ounce serving.
Try the Peanut Butter Berry Banana Blend for a fruity, antioxidant rich alternative.
To keep your drink as healthy as possible, use nut butter that has these ingredients on the label; peanuts, and salt (optional). There are many that sneak in under the label as “healthy” that are really anything but. Check the label of yours to make sure that it doesn’t have any trans fats – it may say that it has none in the nutritional information section but if “hydrogenated oils” makes the ingredient list in any form, you’re going to want to choose another kind.
Another way to boost the health-factor of your smoothie is using plain yogurt. It has much less sugar than any other kind of flavored yogurt. You can always add a bit of honey, vanilla extract, or cinnamon to bump up the sweetness if you don’t like the taste of plain.
Total Fat: 20 g
Saturated Fat: 5.9 g
Total Carbohydrates: 48 g
Dietary Fiber: 5.0g
Sugars: 32 g
Protein: 21 g