Smoothies are my favorite breakfast during the summer. They are quick and easy to make, and portable for mornings on the go. I also love their versatility- I make a smoothie almost every morning for breakfast and never get bored.
My go-to has always been peanut butter and banana smoothie with a little chocolate (because everything is better with chocolate). Such a delicious combination, and the perfect fuel for a busy morning or post-workout snack. However, when I started paying more attention to what I was eating, I realized my favorite “healthy” smoothie wasn’t as nutritious as I had though. With a big dollop of peanut butter, sugary yogurt and the occasional chocolate chips, it was more like ice cream than a healthful smoothie.
I re-evaluated every ingredient- what was a proper serving? And what just didn’t belong in a breakfast smoothie? (Sorry, chocolate chips.) My peanut butter and banana smoothie is still creamy and decadent. The secret weapon here is the peanut butter- a little goes a long way! When I first started reading nutrition labels, I was surprised to find out how many calories (and grams of fat) are in a serving of peanut butter. I cut down the peanut butter to a teaspoon- just a fraction of the enormous spoonful I was used to- and it’s still smooth and peanut-buttery.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Sweetener (optional)
- Add all ingredients according to your blender's directions (usually frozen ingredients come first) and blend until smooth.
After reading nutrition labels and discovering just how much sugar is in flavored yogurt, I switched to plain Greek yogurt. It was definitely an adjustment! I add a little vanilla extract and stevia (a zero-calorie sweetener) to my smoothies. As you get used to plain yogurt, you may find yourself adding less sweetener (I certainly did). There’s a lot of debate about stevia. I’ve been trying it for a few months and like it so far, but you could use another sweetener or honey or agave nectar instead.
This past week, I had several requests to post more smoothie recipes- fear not, more smoothie recipes are on the way. For now, check out this apple cinnamon smoothie recipe or banana ice cream. What are your favorite smoothie ingredients? What is your go-to smoothie for summer?