This peanut-butter-banana smoothie is tasty enough to be dessert, but it’s packed with 29 grams of protein.
Do you crave smooth and creamy peanut-butter-banana shake deliciousness but know that it will just throw your clean eating game entirely off the rails? Well, look no further. I’ve created a peanut-butter-banana smoothie recipe with 29 grams of protein and only 17 grams of carbs. You cannot say no to this fabulous post-workout treat.
If you are craving a rich ice creamy dessert, you can even turn this peanut-butter-banana smoothie into a more decadent shake by adding some whipped cream, a little caramel sauce, and some crushed peanuts. Of course, this changes the nutritional composition, but you’re still getting 29 grams of protein in a creamy cold banana shake.
If you are feeling crazy, you can substitute the vanilla protein powder for chocolate and have a healthy chocolate-peanut-butter-banana smoothie.
I subscribe to the school of less deprivation.
I believe there is a way to eat healthily and still eat food that is delicious and satisfying. I have a handful of smoothies that I like to make that are full of protein and fantastic flavor but super easy on your blood sugar. This peanut-butter-banana smoothie is just one of my favorite.
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Keeping your weight in a healthy range shouldn’t be super complicated.
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Healthy smoothies can be an easy way to supplement nutritional gaps when you don’t always have time to cook. Smoothies are the next best thing to real food. I want to encourage you to find a few recipes that you can add to your diet. Don’t rely on using prepackaged shakes. These are not balanced nutrition. Put some real food and some real superfood into your smoothies.
My Basic Smoothie Formula
One serving of protein powder.
I recommend about 20 gram of protein in your shake. You can use any flavor that you like. A few of my favorite brands are Progenex and Puori. I also Like VegaOne and Nutiva brands if you are looking for plant-based protein. You can also use a collagen bases protein like Vital Protein’s Collagen Peptides, which come in several different flavors.
Some whey proteins can be hard on your digestion. The goal is to find a protein that you can digest well, and that has a good flavor. If you don’t like the way a protein powder tastes or makes you feel, you aren’t going to be very successful at incorporating it into your lifestyle.
Fruits and Vegetables
Sometimes I use fruit and vegetables in my smoothie. Other times I might use one or the other.
Real, whole food fruits or vegetables is essential for healthy digesting and blood sugar regulation. Healthy fibers also serve as prebiotics for your gut bacteria.
Because I don’t like to get super exact about measuring you can also use a cupped palm to estimate the approximate amount of fruit to add you your smoothie. You can use frozen fruits and berries or fresh fruits.
Greens are also a great addition to your smoothie. Baby spinach is my favorite thing to add to my power packed healthy smoothies. Baby spinach is pretty bland flavor-wise, but it contributes a lot of fiber and phytonutrients. Kale is another great option but has a little bit of a stronger flavor. I love the combo of kale + blueberries + ginger.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of fat to your smoothie. Healthy fats help to keep hunger at bay and also keep your blood sugar nice and even for a long time.
My recommended goto are MCT oil, almond butter, peanut butter, or other kinds of nut butter. Avocado is also a good choice, but I sometimes find that cracking open an entire avocado for a few tablespoons in my smoothie leaves me with a wasted avocado. If you are going to use avocado make sure you plan to have the rest for lunch.
1-2 tablespoons of superfood powder can give you a super boost of extra nutrition. Some easy things to add are greens powder, acai powder, chia seeds, hemp hearts, spirulina, and matcha are just a few.
You can use this basic recipe to build a superfoods smoothie.
Basic Smoothie Recipe
- 1 scoop of protein powder (20 grams of protein)
- 4 ounces of fruit
- 2 handfuls of greens
- 1-2 tablespoons of fat
- 1-2 tablespoons of superfood
Start with this delicious and super satisfying Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie recipe and then try your hand at a few other mashups.
To make building a super smoothie super easy grab a Vitamix.
Peanut Butter Banana Protein Smoothie
- 1/2 banana frozen
- 36 grams whey powder or vegetable protein
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup ice
- whipped cream
- caramel sauce
- crushed peanuts
- Add everything to a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve in a tall glass.
- Optional: Smear caramel sauce on the inside of a tall glass, then top with whipped cream and crushed peanuts.