I have always loved peanut butter and jelly, and back in my “chubbier days,” I used to slather it on steamy
French toast and enjoy that melt-in-your-mouth flavor. Don’t try this, either because you are already
grossing out at the idea of it, or because you might like it and that is dangerous.
Instead, have a healthy PB & “J” smoothie. What I love about smoothies is that they are completely
portable and help keep me company during long commutes in L.A. traffic. Also, a well-made smoothie
will keep you full for a very long time.
There is a Rule of 5 that I follow for making a nutritious smoothie,
or 5 ingredients that will give you a nutritionally super-charged drink.
1. A liquid base
My PB & “J” Smoothie looks like a chocolate shake.
2. Fruit (the “j” in the pb&j.)
3. Greens (the darker, the better)
4. Something to thicken it up
5. Something to pump up the nutritional value
This smoothie follows this formula precisely. You can even throw all of the ingredients in the blender
the night before and refrigerate it, then add the ice and blend in the morning.
1/2 cup nut milk (I use an almond/coconut blend
1/2 to 1 banana
6 strawberries, capped
1/4 cup blueberries or blackberries
1 oversized handful of organic greens (I use Organic Girl Baby Spinach or Organic Girl Super Greens)
1 – 2 tbsp. nut butter (pictured, I used a natural organic peanut butter, and a chocolate hazelnut blend)
1 tbsp. hemp protein powder
3 ice cubes
Directions: Throw all the ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. I always add the ice cubes after
the other ingredients have been blended smooth. Pour into a cup and enjoy! You can also substitute cherries
for the strawberries, or blackberries for the blueberries. Don’t worry if the color isn’t that attractive. Truly healthy
smoothies may not be pretty, but they pack a solid nutritional punch that will get you through the first half of the day.
Makes 1-2 servings. This recipe is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.
Interesting Note: Research has shown that bananas with dark spots help prevent cancer.