The next time you’re craving a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, try making this protein PB&J smoothie instead! It’s absolutely delicious and super healthy!
A few of my pregnancy cravings have now completely faded away. For the past nine months, I thoroughly enjoyed a slice of cinnamon swirl bread daily with my breakfast. Unfortunately, now that I am four weeks postpartum, that craving is just gone. I don’t want it. At all!
But some cravings have stuck around – like my love for salads! Yum – I could seriously have a side salad with every meal…however I think Christian might go to the mattresses on that one (any Godfather or You’ve Got Mail fans out there?)
The other craving is smoothies! I was (thankfully) able to work out for my entire pregnancy, and one of the things I enjoyed several times a week was a protein smoothie either as a snack or blended for my lunch along with a Granny Smith apple (my fave) and some string cheese!
Of course, one of the other reasons I really enjoyed smoothies was because they are the perfect lazy girl snack/meal. Assuming that you have all of the ingredients on hand, all you have to do is throw the ingredients into the blender and blend! Voila! Instant lazy girl (or boy/man) food!
I was so tired throughout the entire pregnancy that this and some of the other smoothie recipes on our blog were really lifesavers for me and I can’t help but think that somehow I’ve influenced some of Ruby’s tastebuds with all of that fruit, greens, and in this smoothie’s case, peanut butter!
I wasn’t going to take any chances on not having a peanut lover in this family! I think Josh and the kids would revolt!
As with all of our smoothie recipes, you can always omit the protein powder if you don’t have any. We really like the very reasonable Designer Whey brand which is obviously made with whey. But if you’re looking for a plant-based protein powder, I also really like the Tone it Up brand.
There is the peanut butter which of course also has protein in it, but in addition to that, the chia seeds do too, as well as other health benefits.
The next time you’re craving a PB&J sandwich, try making this smoothie instead! It’s absolutely delicious and super healthy!
Yields about 2 servings
The next time you're craving a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, try making this protein PB&J smoothie instead! It's absolutely delicious and super healthy!
5 minTotal Time
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (optional)
- 1 frozen banana, sliced
- 1 cup frozen strawberries, sliced
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
- In a blender, pour in the almond milk, followed by the remaining ingredients.
- Blend until creamy and smooth!
Just a quick note on the peanut butter, we only buy natural peanut butter that you can grind from peanuts in the health food section of your grocery store. We've found that it's not as sweet as the name brand peanut butter - though we definitely like that too! But for a smoothie, I really like the natural stuff because I know it's keeping it healthy without adding additional sugar.
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