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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Howdy all. Just thought I'd share my latest obsession (as you know by now there's a long list of them, lol) with you. This one is a good one! Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies - protein shakes to be exact. ZIRCADIA (Dana) mentioned hers one time and so I formulated one of my own (might be similar to hers, don't remember). The first one I came up with had over 400 calories. I was okay with it because I knew it was high in protein and those calories were from peanut butter which is good for you. But I went on a hunt to see if I couldn't cut down the calories a bit.

I had heard about a product called PB2, which is a peanut butter powder. I thought for sure it must be some kind of science experiment and so, even thought I'd heard of it probably 9 months ago, I've never looked into it. But the other day my curiosity got the better of me and I went on a hunt for more info. Turns out that PB2 is peanuts that are slow roasted, crushed, PRESSED TO GET OUT AS MUCH EXTRA OIL AS POSSIBLE, and then ground into a fine powder. All you do is add water (or any other liquidy substance - or in my case, just add the powder to the smoothie and blend). Why is this peanut butter a good alternative? Well, the calories in 2 Tbsp. of regular peanut butter is 200 calories. The calories in 2 Tbsp. of PB2 is 53 calories. Not only that but it has 85% less fat. Now, if you are skinny as a rail and don't need to watch calories, then I'd say stick with the original cuz the natural oils in peanut butter are good for you (if you are indeed using natural or organic - Trader Joe's has awesome organic PB, BTW). But, if you are like me and trying to do the fat / calorie conscious thing - this is a great alternative. You can buy PB2 in cases of 4 or 8 and larger packs also, I believe. They also have chocolate PB2 and the company lets you mix and match when you order. I got three regular and one choco just to see what it's like. So, here's the link to the company, Bell Plantation (been in the peanut farming business for generations) if you'd like to learn more for yourself.

And now, the moment you've all been waiting for - the unveiling of my beloved smoothie recipe. LOL. Truly, it's nothing special, but I really look forward to it every day. Oh yeah, one more thing. I eat a little bit of carbs before I go and workout - applesauce cup, 1/2 oatmeal energy bar, 1/2 cup cantaloupe... something along those lines. Since I workout so early I have an empty stomach and need some carbs to give me a boost. But when I am done (and this is important for everyone) I have protein. Eating protein after working out is essential for all because no matter if you are doing elliptical, running swimming, lifting weights... your muscles are used, stretched and strained and will be getting small tears in them. Nothing to be worried about, but they need to be repaired and protein does that. So, that is why I have my protein shake when I get home. Okay, I'll get off my soapbox now. Here ya go!!!

1 cup 2% milk (I use organic)
1 medium banana (also organic - cut into slices and frozen in a baggie ahead of time)
1/2 scoop Designer Whey Protein powder (I've tried Natural and French Vanilla - both good)
2 Tbsp. PB2 powder (not mixed with water)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional - but try it once - you'll like it!)

I have a Magic Bullet and I LOVE it!!! Throw all this in the bullet or blender in the order listed and blend until smooth (in the bullet takes about 30 seconds or so). Mmmmmmm. It's filling and only 332 calories (8 fat, 209 sodium, 45 carbs, 4 fiber, 24 protein). By using the PB2 I cut off over 100 calories and now I don't have to feel guilty about my treat!

If anyone tries this - let me know how you like it! Or if you've used PB2 let us all know what you think and even share a recipe if you'd like.

Thanks gang! Everyone have a great day!
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    Sounds good. Thanks for sharing.
    4240 days ago
    First off, is the magic bullet the best blender ever or what???

    I am going to try your smoothie and see how it compares to mine. :-) Hello, my name is Eileen and I'm a smoothie addict. Every day, I must have my smoothie, or I become a very grumpy girl. I've heard mixed reviews about the pb2 and haven't tried it yet, but you've got me curious again. Never though of mixing it in a smoothie, so I'm thinking that could be a good plan.

    My smoothie is simple. 8 oz ff organic yogurt, 1/2 cup strawberries, 1 scoop chocolate protein powder. It tastes like a chocolate covered strawberry and I just love it! It's also only about 200 calories. I regularly switch between chocolate and vanilla protein powder, and mix up fruit also. Will see if I can find the pb2 nearby and will have to try that really soon!

    I'll let you know what I think!
    4240 days ago
    Sounds really good Sarah, but how in the world do you afford all that organic stuff?
    4240 days ago
    Sounds yummy. I've never heard of PB2, but I'll have to look into it.

    4240 days ago
    My favorite is Chocolate ice cream with bananas and peanut butter made into a milk shake.... I don't even want to think abou the calories. ice-cream, milk, corn syrup, peanut butter.... lots of peanut butter, and a banana......
    4240 days ago
    I love pb2!! I have been using it for about a year and a half. It is great for making Thai peanut sauce, really lowers the fat and calories. I also use it on high fiber bread for lunch or stuffed in celery. I love peanut butter and avoided it because of the calories till I found PB 2. P.S. I really enjoy your blog, you are doing great and are quite motivational.
    4240 days ago
    Good question. Here's the link for the nutritional information - it's kind of hard to find so I'll just link ya'll straight to it. Actually, you'll have to cut and paste that whole link below.

    4241 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/18/2009 6:10:07 PM
    NICE!!!!! I've never used PB2 -- just used 1 Tbsp of Naturally More (which is like 80cal) in my Smoothie, but sounds super good. :) How is PB2 on protein count per serving??? :D
    4241 days ago
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