Healthy smoothies, anytime
A while back, when smoothies became my go-to solution for quick, healthy breakfasts and snacks, I posted about my favourite at the time: a chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie.
In all it’s glory – rich chocolate creaminess, with the whisper of banana and hint of nuttiness.
What – bananas don’t whisper in your world?? You must listen more closely.
I never really follow a recipe. I tend to be more of on-the-fly kind of smoothie barista. Every day is different.
This time I decided to get it together and pen a quick how-to for future reference.
Assembly of champions
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
1.5 to 2 cups of chocolate almond milk
2 bananas, peeled
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 scoop of protein powder, chocolate or vanilla
Place all ingredients into the blender and tah-dah! Smoothies awesomesauce. Add more or less almond milk, depending on the consistency you prefer. Ditto for using a frozen banana or adding ice to chill. For extra nutty goodness, use crunchy peanut butter.
This smoothie travels well, too. I tend to pour any extras into a mason jar and pop it into the fridge at work for a mid-morning snack. Take it out, give it a shake and it’s good to go maintaining a creamy texture without the over-separation of ingredients.
P.S. I’m not too particular about my protein powders. Anyone have some good suggestions on a vanilla one?
In December, when I was contemplating HOW TO CHANGE MY LIFE, I had these daily mini-goals in mind for my life in the kitchen:
- Increase the amount of water I drink, truly making a conscious effort to drink whether I felt like it or not
- Increase my “clean eating” and start moving away from processed food (anything in a box I have to THINK about before buying)
- Increase my fruits & vegetables. More fruit! More dark coloured veg!
- Decrease my carb intake a bit. Not completely remove carbs, but to take the amount I reduce and replace it with the point above – more fruit/veg
- Decrease my sugar intake, which is soooo tricky because sugar seems to be hidden in everything!
- Use my FitBit more efficiently – tracking all my food intake and my exercise to see the true balance between what I eat and what I burn
- Alcohol… well, when the spirit moves you. I’m making no promises there.
With the thought that I’ll lose weight in the kitchen and get fit in the gym, these little reminders have helped so far this month. Sometime it’s a hugely conscious effort to get in those veggies, or keep drinking water. And as for food in a box? Wow. I’m amazed how quickly my grocery bill jumps when I started adding in food in boxes and jars. Sticking to fresh really is more cost efficient.
One of the things l like the most in the mornings is a smoothie to pack in fruit, veg, etc and drink that sucker down. My favourite smoothie “treat” is a chocolate peanut butter smoothie (yes, I know, see the point above about trying to cut back on sugar….). I use Earth’s Own chocolate almond milk, a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, a frozen banana, and a bit of ice. So delicious! Sometimes I’ll throw in chia seeds or hemp, or even spinach, because seriously, you can’t taste the spinach at all. (Probably the 21 grams of sugar in the chocolate almond milk that solves that issue).
This week I’m going to freeze 7 sets of smoothie ingredients in easy-to-grab baggies at the beginning of the week so I just need to drop it in the blender, add my water, almond milk or juice and tah-dah – done! Because believe it or not, when I’m standing half awake in the kitchen at 0515 hrs trying to tell myself to eat something before the gym, foraging for fruit seems like a monumental task.
Smoothie tip: Keep a stash of peeled ripe bananas in the freezer as a fruit option / thickener to any smoothie.