Jump start your day – Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie {DIY recipe}

It’s a Monday morning, and after a weekend of indulging, sometimes you just need that extra health boost to start your day, err week. 😉

A few years ago, my husband had to take a nutrition course during his graduate work toward becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner.  So, he comes home one day and tells me that a) we aren’t getting nearly enough fruit in our diet, and b) we need to start our day with a more protein-packed breakfast.

So, wanting to sound like a totally clued-in wife, I said, “Um, I totally knew that… I was already on my way to the grocery store to get more fruit and protein stuff, obvs.” #wifefail

Secretly, I went through his notes that he brought home, and found some really great smoothie recipes that his professor gave to him.  I started on a smoothie rampage, which began shortly after purchasing The Ninja blender (this version is only $49.99 at Target!).  This thing makes the smoothie-making process incredibly easy and frustration-proof!

Here’s one of my favorite smoothie recipes, which I have adapted over a couple of years to taste as delicious as possible, while providing us with a great, protein and fruit packed breakfast.  Plus, it keeps me full until lunch, which, if you know me, is quite and accomplishment.

 Chocolate + Peanut Butter + Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen bananas, chopped into thirds (this helps them not stick together in a huge clump during freezing!)
  • 2 cups almond milk [or coconut milk, or coconut/almond milk blend]
  • Trader Joe’s Chocolate Whey Protein Powder (4 scoops, or 2 serving sizes of your favorite protein powder)
  • Almond butter [or natural peanut butter] – 1 Tbsp
  • Brown flax seeds (~3 Tbsp)

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Place all ingredients in the blender, and blend until smooth.

Voila!

This makes 2 smoothies, so I usually stick one in the freezer for my husband when he wakes up, and I take mine on the road.  Or, just freeze it for yourself so you don’t have to make another one the next morning! 🙂

{Psst… another variation I recently tried that gives me an extra caffeine boost, is substitute 2 cups of almond milk for 1 cup iced coffee + 1 cup almond milk… DELICIOUS!}

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Enjoy! And, as always, spread the love 🙂

xx, Nicole {LL805}

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