When I was growing up one of my favourite lunches was a peanut butter and banana sandwich. My mom used to have a bread machine and we would make a loaf of whole wheat bread every once and a while. When the bread came out of the bread maker it was warm, gooey, with a nice crust, and perfect for PB&B sandwiches. I have forever been in love with that combination. Yes, honey, jam, apples, and oatmeal are all great with PB but nothing beats peanut butter and banana. Enter: this delicious recipe for a peanut butter and banana smoothie. It’s like a hearty PB&B sandwich in your mouth, but in liquid form, so you can enjoy it faster and digest it ASAP.
I think bananas are almost necessary in all smoothies. They give the drink such a smooth consistency, especially if they are perfectly ripe. When your bananas have brown spots on them, don’t fret, that just means they are ready for your blender.
If you don’t like bananas I feel bad for you son, I got a bunch of ripe nans for some PB smoothie fun.
I am trying to find creative ways to use my PB2 (instead of mixing it with almond milk or water and eating it off of a spoon) and I think smoothies are one of the best solutions. The powdered PB2 blends really well and you don’t get any gross smoothie chunks or powder clumps. It is also pretty sweet so you don’t have to add ANY sweetener with PB2 in your smoothie. Plus, 5g of protein per serving? Heck yes.
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie.
1 ripe banana.
2 tablespoons PB2 (or 1 tablespoon of peanut butter).
1/4 cup 0% plain greek yogurt.
1 cup ice cubes.
1 cup original almond milk.
Optional additions: Ground flax seed, chia seeds, peanut pieces, protein powder.
Blend all ingredients. Add more/less milk to achieve your desired consistency. Enjoy!
Let’s pretend that recipe was super creative and complex and that I am an amazing chef. I was surprised at how good this simple recipe was. I took it to work and sipped on it throughout the beginning of my shift and it kept me full for a long time! Protein powder in this smoothie would make it almost like a meal and keep you full for even longer!
I honestly did absolutely NOTHING after the RunWild half marathon yesterday. Besides waiting around for the official race results, my mom and I were SO tired so we just laid around and watched our favourite shows. I caught up on New Girl, Modern Family, and Greys Anatomy… pretty productive actually.
I placed 45th overall in the race, 14th female, and 7th in my category. My official time was 1:48:50.8 for an average pace of 8:16 min/mile. I took my race recovery to a whole new level of lazy. For some reason I always crave a grilled cheese sandwich after a long run so that is exactly what I had for dinner. That, and 19 servings of vegetables in a garden salad.
What do YOU crave after you exercise?
Bananas in your smoothie – yay or nay? (There is only one right answer to this question ;).