Breakfast Smoothie + Free Download!
There's a place in town that makes these amazing smoothies, full of healthy organic fruits and veggies and homemade almond milk. I love to go there every once in a while to have my favorite that's blended with a little bit of almond butter to give the drink a pleasantly nutty aftertaste. There's two downsides for me though; one, though the cost is worth the quality of the ingredients, the cost is high enough to make these smoothies more of a splurge than an everyday breakfast option. And two, even if the price wasn't prohibitive, the juice bar doesn't open until 11 am! (sigh) So I've finally settled on making a smoothie of my own. Plus most mornings I feel too rushed to eat a nutritious breakfast anyway, especially one that will keep me full until the next meal. So I've been trying a number of different things to get me fed and out the door. I came up with this thick and delicious smoothie. Its quick and easy to make and I usually have all the ingredients on hand. I don't end up feeling hungry an hour later like I do with some juices and smoothies, and I like that I get protein from the chia seeds and peanut butter too.
Wanna try?I'm including a link to an ingredient list that you can print, cut out, and keep on hand to make breakfast on the go that much easier. Just throw all the ingredients into a blender (I use a nutri-bullet) and blend until smooth.
You can download this recipe card HERE!
What's great about the powdered peanut butter is it cuts out some of the fat and oil usually in peanut butter (85% according to the package) but still tastes the same. But you could use any kind of nut butter instead. Whatever is on hand. Try almond butter, or even cashew butter.
Experiment! Don't have fresh berries? Use frozen, or vice versa. If you don't have strawberries, try another fruit like mango or peaches. Add flax seed, or substitute the almond milk for your favorite milk.
*Tip: Freeze you're bananas ahead of time. When I have a bunch on the counter that are starting to get overripe, I peel each one and wrap them individually, tightly in plastic wrap and store them in the freezer. Then I'm never without a banana for smoothies or banana bread!
*FYI: I found this adorable BPA free reusable mason jar at Target that's perfect for taking my smoothie on the go. The jars come in a variety of sizes and cute colors too.