This protein + greens chocolate peanut butter smoothie is perfect for anyone that loves chocolate and peanut butter, but wants their nutrition too! It incorporates greens and healthy fats resulting in a nutrient-dense, balanced meal for any time of the day.
This past week we searched the web for smoothies recipes that are touted as delicious and nutritious. The smoothies that we selected, chocolate peanut butter, berry kiwi and island smoothie (just to name a few) all had healthy ingredients such as fruit, spinach, nuts and seeds and from their pictures, they all looked amazing. Then, we ran the nutrition analysis on them. Not a single smoothie came in under 400 calories and half of them were in the 500 calorie range. Now, if you’re a 16 year old growing athlete, a 400 calorie smoothie is nothing. But for many people, 400-500 calories is a complete meal replacement- yet these smoothies where not even balanced.
I often tweak recipes to help my clients stay within their calorie range, so I really wasn’t surprisedby what I found. The natural sweetness of fruit works to cover the taste of greens. This addition of natural sugar is used a lot in food processing. The more fruit, the more coverage. Nut butters and other added fats add flavor and texture. These natural foods add a lot of nutrition to the smoothie, but they add something else, too – calories. And, if you’re trying to lose weight or decrease your body fat, calories matter!
Here’s the reality: Making a smoothie that tastes good is easy. Making a smoothie that tastes good with greens is a task. Making a smoothie that tastes good with greens and protein, which is also calorie controlled…..now that’s a challenge. Luckily, I love challenges.
This chocolate peanut butter greens smoothie makes the cut. You only need a few ingredients to make it. If you don’t like the tatse of greens, not to worry. The cocoa powder combined with the chocolate protein hide the taste. So, even though it has a green tint, you’ll taste a creamy, chocolaty smoothie that is both healthy and satisfying.
I finalized it with 200 calories, 20 grams of protein and packed with vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium – all nutrients active people need! It’s also kid tested and mother approved. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Protein + Greens Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
- .5 banana
- 1 tbsp PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 3 tbsp chocolate protein powder
- 0.5 cup skim milk
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 cup ice
- Directions: Add all ingredients to a high powered mixer blend and serve. This recipe makes one smoothie
- Recipe Makes – 1 Smoothie
- Nutrition Facts: 200 calories, 30 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 20 g protein, 4 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 210 mg sodium, 6% DV Vitamin D, 20% DV Calcium, 15% DV Iron, 10% DV Potassium.
Next week we’ll be posting a guide on how to build a balanced smoothie. Check back for that.
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