No fitness blog is complete without a smoothie recipe. At least, I think that’s how it works.
I’ve always been a big fan of smoothies, though I’ll be honest; I fall in and out of the habit of making them. Currently, a teething toddler (seriously, this girl is working on her 14th tooth and she’s not even 13 months!) and some serious protein cravings for this 31-week pregnant mama has brought smoothies back into our kitchen. Today’s recipe is one of my favorites, and it has been for years. Peanut butter, banana, and a hint of chocolate from one of my favorite protein powders. YUM.
Smoothies do NOT always need to include protein powder, but lately mine have. While I don’t have an issue using protein supplements occasionally, I will say I’m perfectly picky about which ones I will and will not use. This recipe can stand on its own without the protein powder by replacing it with cocoa powder and it will still pack a nutritious punch. But for those times I’m using a whey protein powder, I’m a huge fan of Promix. Their grass-fed chocolate whey protein powder is my go-to.
Side note: Many ask if I feed this to Isla. The short answer is, yes. The long answer is, Promix literally contains four ingredients. One of those is whey protein and this is the only ingredient I really questioned giving Isla. However, after much research, there are toddler formulas on the market that include whey and we actually use a whey protein pancake mix to make her pancakes and muffins that she enjoys almost every day (watch for another post). So, I started small and since the addition of protein powder here and there does not upset her stomach, we use it. Anyone who feeds a toddler knows how tough it can be, especially on a day when eating is painful on her sore and raw gums. So, I think some extra protein in the form of whey powder is A-OK (of course I’m not a doctor, so feel free to consult your pediatrician before doing the same).
Now, onto the smoothie. A lot of my smoothies start with a banana base. Bananas are higher in carbohydrates with one large banana coming in at about 31 grams of carbs. They are also higher in sugar. One large = about 17 grams of sugar. I honestly don’t count these things normally, but I try to be aware. As a trainer and mom who does not sit still for long, I am really trying to get some extra calories and energy through my smoothies, so I don’t mind these stats a single bit. If you are trying to limit your carb or sugar intake, you might want to consider eliminating bananas from your smoothies. You can always try thickening a smoothie with something like cauliflower believe it or not. You can barely taste it! I’ll post more about that later too.
For now, sticking with something a little more mainstream, to make your own peanut butter banana smoothie follow the instructions below.
- 1 large banana
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup liquid (almond milk, cow’s milk, water–your choice)
- 2 heaping tablespoons of PB Fit or PB2
- 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder AND/OR 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 kale leaves
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon flax
- 1 handful of ice cubes
You can easily mix or swap in other ingredients like spinach, nuts, or coconut. The options are endless. But this smoothie has been, and continues to be one of my favs, and clearly Isla’s too!
What’s in your favorite smoothie? Share in the comments below!