I don’t know about you, but I just love a good green smoothie. Especially this delicious Peanut Butter Banana Green Smoothie! Smoothies are my go-to breakfast and sometimes even my lunch because they are so fast and easy to make. I discovered a love for green smoothies when I was in college and working part time. I had early morning classes so I didn’t have a lot of time once I woke up to make breakfast. Rather than going without or grabbing something on the road, I invested in an inexpensive blender and started making green smoothies. Boy, did that ever change my morning! I would wake up and do my normal morning routine of getting ready and then I would spend about 5 minutes making a green smoothie and then I was out of the door and on my way to school.
Green smoothies make a perfect breakfast for busy mothers and fathers who want to offer their children a well rounded breakfast every morning. Just make a double batch and share with your Little’s! My almost 2 year old son LOVES his green smoothies and begs for them daily! The key to a good smoothie is learning how to make a well rounded one. If your smoothie is mainly carbs, it will take you on a wild sugar hike and then crash you shortly after as if you would’ve eaten candy or pancakes for breakfast. Nobody wants to feel that nasty sugar crash and the gnawing hunger that follows, that’s why I always, and I do mean ALWAYS include greens, fiber, protein, and fat in my smoothies. This combination, known as the Fab 4 allows your smoothie to become a complete meal and if those 4 components are measured correctly, you should stay full on a green smoothie for 3 1/2 – 4 hours just like you would if you would’ve ate a complete breakfast meal.
Green Smoothies are also a great way to sneak in some wonderful things for your children that they probably wouldn’t normally eat. The greens can not be tasted, there is no weird texture or after taste, so the only thing that is tasted is the wonderful fruit and the peanut butter. It’s sweet, delicious, and perfectly kid friendly! It’s also a great option for pickier adults as well. I get many questions about why I do not include ice in my smoothies. I prefer to use frozen fruit, therefore the ice is not needed. The frozen fruit gives the smoothie it’s cold, smoothie-like texture/thickness and if ice is used it just waters down the flavor. Now that you’re tired of seeing all of these photos of my green smoothie let’s jump straight to the recipe and make one!
Peanut Butter Banana Green Smoothie
A delicious, well balanced green smoothie that is tasty and filling. Your kiddos will even love this one!
- 1 frozen banana
- 4 oz Vanilla Premier Protein Shake or 1 serving of the powder
- 1/4 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp organic ground flax seed
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups power greens spinach, kale, bok choy, chard, (a combination of all or just one)
- 1 tbsp all natural no sugar added peanut butter
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and all greens are pureed. Serve immediately and enjoy!
This recipe comes to 7 Smart Points for one smoothie. Recipe yields one smoothie.
PB2 can be substituted for the peanut butter for a lower Smart Point and lower calorie option.