Monday, September 1, 2014

PB&J Smoothie

PB&J smoothie top

The title is a bit of a monomer as there is no actually jelly in this smoothie, it's just what this particular smoothie combo tastes like. I've put peanut butter in my smoothies before, but found a new product this weekend that makes it even easier - powdered peanut butter. Who knew?

powdered PB

powdered PB-back
I'm sure others have seen this before, but I hadn't. It caught my eye on the top shelf of the PB selection and I just had to give it a try. I wasn't even thinking of it for smoothies at the time, but when I got home, a light bulb went off, and I had to give it a go.

It was perfect! The flavor is amazing and the easy of use can't be beat. I'm going to try it in baking, too. Ooh! And in oatmeal. So many possibilities!

A note about blending: I splurged on a Vitamix blender for myself last Christmas and absolutely love it. I bought it directly from the company website as they offer reconditioned models and were running a sale on shipping. I got mine for $299 which is still a lot of money, but considerably less than new. Keep an eye out on the site for sales, and be open to getting a reconditioned one. It's an incredible blender.

PB&J smoothie
PB&J Smoothie
Please note that I don't measure anything when I make a smoothie. Dump and go is my motto - or something like that. It's a "little of this, little of that" method and generally whatever looks or sounds good at the time. I always have frozen fruit available. I don't like to use ice in my smoothies, so frozen fruit is the way to go. 

All measurements approximate. Add water as needed if it's too thick.

3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 tsp Powdered Peanut Butter
1/2 frozen banana
3/4 cup/handful frozen strawberries
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional if you're not into cinnamon, but it tastes really good and is good for you!)
1/4 cup water (additional as needed, especially with a less powerful blender)

-Scoop protein powder
-sweetener, to taste
-big handful of spinach - you won't taste it, but it will add a ton of nutrition. Be warned-the color of your smoothie will look terrible. Purple + green = not pleasant 

Add all ingredients to blender, liquids first (although I add water last, so...)
Start on low speed, but quickly crank to high, and blend about 30 seconds (with powerful blender) or as long as it takes to get it smooth. 

Pour and enjoy! The combination of fruit and peanut butter makes you feel like a kid again, just like a PB&J sammich. Mmmmm... 

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