Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie

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One of my favorite things to have after a workout is a refreshing smoothie that contains carbs and protein to replenish my glycogen stores and help build muscle! Banana + peanut butter is my favorite combo, so this smoothie is my go-to. While peanut butter is a great source of protein, it packs a lot of calories, so I choose to opt for a lower calorie option and use PB2 (powdered peanut butter) instead. You save around 150 calories without sacrificing any flavor!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

With the balance of 3:1 ratio of omega 3 and fatty acids, which promote cardiovascular health, hemp seeds are also considered a 'perfect protein' as they contain all essential 20 amino acids. Hemp seeds can also reduce sugar cravings and naturally cleanse out the colon with its soluble and insoluble fiber properties. Good Greek yogurts are low in sugar, high in protein and creamy enough to make you think they’re sinful. Besides adding to smoothies and as the basis for parfaits, swap out sour cream for Greek yogurt that contains 10 g of sugar or less.

By Nikki Nies, MS, Nutritionist

Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Servings: 1

Ingredients

1 frozen banana
1.5 tablespoons powdered peanut butter (e.g. PB2)
1/3 cup vanilla yogurt
3 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
¾ cup unsweetened Almond Milk (or skim milk)
1 cup ice
topping: Manitoba Harvest hemp seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until you reach desired consistency.
    *Slowly add more almond milk if smoothie is too thick, and add more ice if it is too thin.
    Enjoy!
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until you reach desired consistency. *Slowly add more almond milk if smoothie is too thick, and add more ice if it is too thin. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 321; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 28mg; Sodium: 306mg; Potassium: 666mg; Carbohydrate: 44g; Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 23g; Protein: 31g

Nutrition Bonus:  Calcium: 54%; Vit C: 15%; Vit A: 10% Iron: 9%

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