OK, I went and did it.
I jumped on the smoothie bandwagon.
I fought it for a longggggg time. I hate to conform. I was one of those kids that did exactly what I was told NOT to do. Yes, I was that one . I have always marched to the beat of my own drummer, and love it that way.
But, in this smoothie situation, I ended up giving in because
- Uhh hellooooo peanut butter and banana!
- I am trying to find high protein/lower calorie breakfast options.
- Who doesn't like feeling like they are drinking a milkshake for breakfast??
Now, before you say "But Bobbi, peanut butter is loaded with calories and fat", I will tell you that I used peanut butter powder. Spoon for spoon it has less fat + more protein!
Alright, I have to admit that I have had this jar of peanut butter powder in my pantry for, what seems like, a year. I bought it hoping to come up with some baking recipes using it.
I know, I have no clue what I was thinking?
Like I am Betty Crocker or something ?
Soooo on the shelf it sat. Untilllllllllll I got serious about changing up my eating habits last month.
For as long as I can remember really, I have been eating eggs of some sort for breakfast, trying to get my protein in. Plus I like eggs
Lately my eggs obsession led me to a 2 egg cheese omelet with salsa. I loved it, didn't get bored of it, and felt that I was doing good getting my protein in.
I was correct about he protein, the goal is 25 grams per meal, and that has 25.9 grams, with only 367 calories. Yay right? Butttt it also has a whopping 27.5 grams of fat . Oh my quickly clogging arteries!!
Fat is OK once in awhile, but to be consuming that amount of fat for one meal......everyday? No bueno!!
When I made the decision to do the whole smoothie thing, I knew I wasn't going to start out of the gate with some super duper healthy green thing. I love my greens, but am still dragging my feet a bit when it comes to putting them into a drink I am sure I will get over that, once I tinker around with a few recipes, but for now, let's leave the training wheels on shall we?
Now, what is the difference between regular peanut butter and the peanut butter powder?
With regular creamy peanut butter, it has 469 calories, 21.1 grams of fat, and 17.6 grams of protein.
With the peanut butter powder, it has 389 calories, 8.9 grams of fat, and 25.5 grams of protein!
Soooo I have had one of these for breakfast for oh, let's say the last 2 weeks?
Minus the weekend though, like I say "moderation" right?
I figured with 5 days of smoothie under my belt, I could afford to make my Redneck Eggs Benedict. I just got a wild hair Saturday morning, and whipped them up. Kevin was extremely happy that I did! We had both forgotten how good they are.
But I am back on track again, and am seeing little evidence of smoothie burnout on the horizon.
So let the experimenting begin ! I just got some chia seeds, so that may be a new addition!
The true test?
Can I get Kevin to drink them?
I am not going to hold my breath on that one, but you never know. Weirder things have happened!
Is there anything that you absolutely have to have in your smoothies?
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
A delicious breakfast alternative that brings together the classic combo of peanut butter and banana. By using peanut butter powder, the calories and fat are lower, and the protein is higher.
- 1 frozen banana, cut into quarters
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A drizzle of honey
- Place all of the ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.
Total time: 5 mins.
Tags: banana, peanut butter, peanut butter powder, healthy, breakfast, drink
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