Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie



What a yummy breakfast treat or a middle of the afternoon pick-me-up! 

Made lower in fat and calories with the help of this amazing product...PB2 with premium chocolate!  If you aren't familiar with PB2, it is manufactured by Bell Plantation and it is real peanut butter in a reduced fat, powdered form.  PB2 reduces fat through a chemical-free process. PB2 and Chocolate PB2 are all natural, preservative free, and contain no artificial sweeteners. One serving of this product is only 1 PP!  Click HERE for nutrition information. (Disclaimer:  I purchased this product on my own and was not paid or compensated by Bell Plantation to promote this product. The opinions expressed are mine. I personally enjoy it and wanted to share.)
 
Currently, PB2 is available in limited markets (I found mine at Earthfare) and is available online. 

Back to the smoothie...

Simple and delicious.  I used my Magic Bullet to make easy work of whipping it up quickly.  This smoothie ends up being not too thick, which I like.  You could use a frozen banana too...and eliminate some of the ice to make it thicker.  The original recipe called for honey, which I omitted.  (There is plenty of natural sweetness from the banana.)  The entire smoothie recipe comes out to 5PP.



Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
adapted from allrecipes


Servings - 1   Serving Size - entire recipe   Points Plus per Serving - 5 Points+
Calories - 201.4,   Total Fat - 2.6g,   Carb. - 39.1g,   Protein - 9.4g,   Fiber - 4.1g

Ingredients:
1 medium, ripe banana
2 TBS PB2 with premium chocolate
4 oz. skim or 1% milk
(If you can't use cows milk, substitute almond milk.  Here's a recipe on make your own How to Make Your Own Almond Milk from Family Gone Healthy! ) 
ice


Directions: 
In blender or magic bullet, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. 

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I'm not one to drink my calories, but I admit, I have made this for my breakfast a few times now.  It's pretty filling with all the protein and great when I need a quick, on the go, type breakfast.  

Life around here has turned SUPER busy again.  Just returned from picking my daughter and all her belongings up from NYC, only to get everything ready to move her to Milwaukee next weekend!  (She has a summer internship with Kohl's)  What a wild and crazy summer this is going to be.  I have to admit, moving my college aged kids back and forth has not been one of my favorite things...but I guess it's part of the package of being a parent.  

Still having issues uploading pictures from Firefox.  Hmmmm....I am just going around the problem and loading pics from another browser.  Works ok that way.  I don't think everyone who uses Firefox is having this issue though.  Lucky me.  

I have a jam packed week rest of the week.  I'd love to try and get some annual herbs into pots and in the ground this weekend or next week sometime.  I love when I can just go out and pick what I need!!   I have oregano and chives that come up every year already.  I want to pot basil, mint and rosemary and put some parsley in the ground!


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6 comments:

  1. Take care during your busy week Renee!!!!

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  2. Wow, you are super busy!! I just have an hour and a half drive to get to my daughter - I live in the far NW suburbs of Chicago and she lives near Midway which is the south side - but totally doable!

    I totally forgot about PB2 - I won one in a giveaway a few years ago. :D

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  3. Chocolate, pb, and banana are a perfect foodie trinity-lol. I also prefer to chew my calories but I'd hit this smoothie once in a while. Esp now it's warmer! Sorry you're so busy-I feel you girl!

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  4. Yep, you sure are busy! I bet your daughter will like her internship :) I just bought some basil seeds today, I'm going to stick some in with my flowers so it is right out the back door.

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  5. I've been wondering if PB2 was good or not...I am going to order some with my next Amazon order!

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    1. Kim, I even like it reconstituted with water like it says in the directions. :)

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