Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie {Sponsored}

One of my go-to healthy breakfasts or post-workout snacks is a delicious, nutritious smoothie. To be honest, I haven't been having these smoothies as often as I used to, but they are definitely coming back into the repertoire!

When I first started seeing a nutritionist for my binge eating, she asked me about my typical breakfast. At the time, it included a smoothie that was more focused on lower fat/calories; she helped me modify it to make it more filling and nutritious, and the result was a very satisfying smoothie that not only kept me full for several hours, but also kept the cravings at bay!

This is a very versatile recipe; you can experiment with different fruits (always frozen!), yogurt flavors, add-ins, etc. (One of my favorite alternatives is to use frozen cherries instead of the peanut butter for an amazing chocolate cherry smoothie.) It includes my favorite base, Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk-Coconutmilk Blend. I actually prefer the Vanilla Unsweetened variety, but I haven't been able to find it lately so I've been using the regular Unsweetened--it's still delicious!

The smoothie also contains oats for fiber, real peanut butter for fat and protein, Greek yogurt for protein, spinach because it's good for you, and half a frozen banana for fruit and because I prefer using frozen fruit in place of actual ice--it doesn't get watered down as it melts. The other flavors are strong enough that you don't even taste the spinach or oats; just chocolatey, peanut buttery goodness.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (makes 1 12oz serving)
Calories: 327, Fat: 17.6, Sat Fat: 3.6, Carbs: 44.4, Fiber: 10.6, Sugar: 12, Protein: 16.3; SmartPoints: 11

1/4 cup oats (any kind will do); pulse a few seconds to turn them more into a flour
3/4 cup Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk-Coconutmilk Blend (or your favorite variety)
1/4 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter (like PB2)
1 handful of spinach
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 packet stevia
1/2 frozen banana

1. Be sure to add the oats to your blender first and pulse a few times before adding anything else.
2. Add remaining ingredients to blender.
3. Blend until smooth. Pour into your favorite cup and enjoy!

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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