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A green smoothie that tastes like a sweet treat! This peanut butter, chocolate and banana smoothie is a perfect way to start your new year.
I mentioned in my weekly post that I’m trying to continue to eat intuitively. Since being pregnant and having L, I’ve learned a lot more about what works for my body. Apparently nonstop dieting isn’t the only answer. It’s surprising to me, and actually, I’m almost afraid to say it out loud, but listening to my body seems to work.
For me that means eating a balanced diet (lots of produce, whole grains, low fat dairy, lean meat, fish, eggs, nuts) about 80% of the time. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are generally in that capacity. Well-rounded snacks are also important. In fact, what I’ve learned keeps me feeling my best is eating regularly and avoiding that “I’m starving and need to eat everything in sight feeling.” No resulting binging. No uncontrollable cravings. And then at the end of the day, I don’t feel bad having my cookies or ice cream.
This self-discovery has been completely freeing. I’m no longer overwhelmed by self-imposed restrictions and find myself feeling generally better on a regular basis. Food hangovers are few and far between and I’ve been wearing the same size jeans since May (seriously, I myself am shocked). Plus, and maybe even the biggest benefit, is that I’m setting a positive example for L. This is the new me that I hope to hold onto through 2016 and beyond!
Now, it’s no secret that I am and always have been a peanut-buttter-aholic. My brother and sister-in-law even bought me a peanut butter of the month club for my birthday! I’m always excited to try different versions but almost always go back to the basics. Peanuts or peanuts and salt. That’s why I was eager to try the new Jif Peanut Powder. It is made from just one ingredient, you guessed it, (fresh roasted) peanuts. As a result, you can personalize it to your peanut butter eating preferences.
You can find the Jif Peanut Powder in the peanut butter section at Walmart!
It really is a perfect new addition to my pantry. I’ve started adding it to smoothies for some extra protein and fiber along with a delicious peanut butter flavor. It blends really well and doesn’t add a ton of calories (which is good, because let’s be honest, a smoothie is never going to replace a full meal). So when I pump up a smoothie with balanced ingredients like spinach, fruit and Jif Peanut Powder, I’m left feeling satisfied until my next meal.
The smoothie I’m sharing here is super easy (only seven ingredients including ice), full of nutrition (hello green veggie) and completely satisfying for your early morning or afternoon sweet tooth. Go get yourself some peanut powder and make it as part of your breakfast or as an afternoon snack. Trust me, it will leave you feeling good. And for me, that’s what eating intuitively is all about.
- ¾ cup Silk Almond Milk (I like unsweetened original or vanilla)
- 15g (3 tablespoons) JIF Peanut Powder
- 5g (1 tablespoon) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/16 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 28g (1 cup) loosely packed fresh spinach
- 150g (~1 large) frozen ripe banana, sliced
- 80g (½ cup) ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender in order listed above
- Turn on low speed and slowly increase to high speed; blend for two minutes or until completely blended and smooth (time may vary depending on blender strength)
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Your smoothie looks delicious! I need to readjust my mornings so that I can grab a better breakfast before hitting the gym. Cereal just doesn’t cut it but I also need something that is easy since I have 3 little ones to get out the door with me! This looks like a great recipe to try! (client)
Thank you so much, Stephanie!
Yayyy! I try to eat intuitively myself so I’m so glad that it’s working for you! and this is my exact kind of smoothie, I def. need to try the powdered pb!