Yep, more protein! In last Wednesday’s post, I talked about my recent decision to start including extra protein wherever I can think to add it. So, naturally, more of the recipes I share here are going to have more protein in them while I see how this new dietary tweak goes. I hope that’s cool with you!
When I decided to start packing more protein into my recipes, naturally, smoothies were one of the first things to come to mind. I mean, I’m already on a smoothie kick. So: smoothie kick, meet protein kick. And then hello, Peanut Butter Protein Power Smoothie.
I know lots of smoothie-lovers out there like to supercharge their smoothies with protein powders. But I don’t want to go there if I don’t have to. I like the idea of sticking with whole foods – so this smoothie gets its protein from peanut butter, chia seeds, flaxseeds, yogurt, and whole milk.
With all of those protein-rich ingredients, this sweet, creamy smoothie boasts nearly 17 grams of protein. Seriously! It’s also about 375 calories – so plan your meals accordingly. I like to drink this as a meal in itself – it’s a super-quick, super-satisfying pick-me-up for breakfast or lunch.
Peanut Butter Protein Power Smoothie
- 1 medium frozen banana
- 1/2 cup plain lowfat yogurt
- 1/3 cup whole milk
- 1 tablespoon natural-style peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon flaxseeds or flaxseed meal
- Place all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a large glass and serve with a straw.