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!