Friday, January 20, 2012

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

This smoothie is delicious and protein-packed, thus the perfect pre-workout snack


I have the most amazing blender. It's a Vitamix 5000 and besides the fact that it can blend anything you can imagine, it also makes soup- how cool is that? When it comes to cooking, I'm old school though and still prefer to make soup in a pot. 


This smoothie (almost) fulfills your daily protein requirement. 

Anyway, back to the smoothie. The best part about smoothies is that you can quickly get in a bunch of servings of fruit and veg and even protein. I use a non-whey protein powder. The brand is 'Garden of Life' and it's completely vegan. Combined with the peanut butter I added, this smoothie packs a punch. 


Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
1 banana
1 tbsp peanut butter (or any nut butter)
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp protein powder (any more, and you can taste it)
1 square dark chocolate (optional)
3-4 ice cubes


Blend ingredients and serve. 


Nutritional Info
Calories: 270
Fat: 11g
Carbs: 38g
Protein: 11g
Fiber: 5g


Note: Depending on your daily caloric intake, snacks should be between 150 and 250 calories, so this is on the higher end of the spectrum. But considering how much protein and fiber this includes, and assuming you'll work out afterwards, it isn't bad. 

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