The sun we have been having lately (that has disappeared again since Saturday but should be back on Wednesday!) put me in a summery frame of mind, which means one thing. Smoothies for breakfast.
I just hope our downstairs neighbour forgives me for having the blender on in the morning… but considering the noise her family makes, she really shouldn’t complain. Anyone who has stayed with us can attest to that!
Pre-FM, I would have added honey to any smoothie I made but now that I have to watch my fructose load that isn’t the case.
I like the nutty flavour that peanut butter gives to this smoothie but you have to be careful to watch for added sugars in things like peanut butter, especially in America. Also, if you are conscious about where your food comes from, look out for Palm Oil, which is typically from an unsustainable source.
My peanut butter just contains peanuts and a little salt. The fewer ingredients, the better. I should really try and make it one day. Peanuts are great for your health in moderation – because they are quite calorie dense – yet full of vitamins, minerals, proteins and even oleic acid (a monounsaturated fatty acid) which has been shown to reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol.
- 1/3 medium banana
- 1 tbsp. peanut butter
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 3/4 cup milk/almond milk if you can’t have lactose/dairy
- 4-5 ice cubes
Blend all the ingredients til the ice is smooth and the fruits are combined. Maybe 45 seconds. Pour into your favourite glass. This makes either one very generous serving or two normal servings.
If you like your smoothies thicker, add more ice or less milk. If you like them runnier, add more milk or less ice.
I love our new blender for this; our old blender couldn’t handle ice and would leave chunks, so our smoothies would be gritty… yuck. But that’s what you get for buying an $8 blender.