PB&J Smoothie

Calling all PB&J fans — this is YOUR smoothie!  It captures the taste of a childhood favorite sandwich in a grownup friendly (ie: less sugar) smoothie.

PB&J Smoothie

I love it for breakfast before heading out on a bike ride, as it has a great balance of energy for sustained activity.  Peanuts* are a fabulous source of protein and healthy fats, easy on the environment and the budget.
Probiotic drink
I started with frozen berries, added a Yakult probiotic shot for flavor and nutrition, and rounded it out with peanut butter and lowfat milk for healthy protein and fats.  And flavor?  YES please.  Enjoy!

PB&J Smoothie
(serves one)

1 cup frozen berries (blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
1 heaping TB smooth natural peanut butter*
1 Yakult drink (omit for vegans and dairy-allergic folks)
1/3 – 1/2 cup lowfat milk of your chosing (dairy, almond, coconut, hemp, soy — it’s up to you)
2 packets stevia (optional.  may use honey to sweeten to taste if desired)

Blend all ingredients in a blender until thick and creamy.  Adjust amount of milk to create the texture you prefer.  Enjoy!

*for those avoiding peanuts due to allergies, simply substitute a smooth nut butter of your choosing

Zingy Strawberry Smoothie

This delicious, zingy smoothie is one of my favorites, and for several reasons.

Zingy Strawberry Smoothie

Zingy Strawberry Smoothie

Most important to me, it tastes fabulous — tart, sweet, creamy, a little spicy, and richly scented.  And it’s a quick charge up for those mornings when I need to eat and go.  But here’s the fun part — it has health benefits that match its taste.  Turns out that the culinary magic of combining sweet tart strawberries, zingy black pepper, and floral fresh turmeric is powerful for reducing inflammation and calming gut issues.

Fresh turmeric and whole black pepper

Fresh turmeric and whole black pepper

Adding full fat Greek yogurt makes these health benefits even better, and gives this smoothie a serving of high quality protein.  For me, getting the great nutrition my body needs is always best in tasty, fresh food rather than in a pill.  Eat to your health!  Enjoy!

Zingy Strawberry Smoothie
serves one for a meal, or two for a snack

1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (use non dairy yogurt or milk if you prefer)
small knob fresh turmeric – sliced, or 1 tsp. powdered
1/4 to 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
water
2 TB chia seeds (optional)
sweetener (optional.  I use stevia for natural sweetness without added sugar)

Put all the ingredients in a blender, adding just enough water to create the consistency you enjoy.  Blend until smooth, and serve.