Every now and then I go on a healthy food/nutrient kick! I mean, I love sugar (witness the number of baked goods on this site), but I also love health and being healthy. So I try to balance out my sugar intake with lots of leafy greens, omega fatty acid oils, and dairy and plant protein. However, my requirement for this is that the resultant recipe has to taste great! And I think I’ve hit it out of the park with this recipe for a PB & J Smoothie!
Who doesn’t like peanut butter and jam? Obviously, you can substitute in different ingredients like sun butter or almond butter, but the fact remains that if you make and drink this smoothie, you’re getting a meal with a fruit, two different types of vegetables, two different types of protein (dairy and plant), as well as a nice helping of fibre and omega fatty acids. I feel healthier already, just typing that!
Enough with the talking, let’s make the smoothie!
Healthy PB & J in Smoothie Form
- 1/2 c. yoghurt
- 3 tbsp. strawberry jam
- 4 ice cubes
- 1/2 c. frozen kale
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tbsp. peanut butter
- 1/4 c. pear juice
- 1 tbsp. dehydrated powdered broccoli (or greens powder)
- 1 tbsp. ground flax seed
- 1 tbsp. psyllium powder
Being vegetarian, I need to work a bit harder than my husband to get my daily requirement of protein in, and this smoothie is a big help with that. Plus, the fibre content helps with my IBS issues. (TMI? Eh.) I keep frozen bananas and kale in my freezer as a matter of course, and since I always have some homemade fruit jam in the fridge along with some homemade yoghurt and some peanut butter, this smoothie is super-easy and quick to pull together!
Looks delicious! I make a simpler one with banana, ice cubes, skim milk, peanut butter, and sometimes spinach.
Your smoothie sounds low-cal and healthy! Yum!
Vicky @ Little Chef Within
This sounds delicious! My kids have been on a smoothie kick the past few weeks. I’ll have to add this recipe in!
Question? How do you freeze your fresh kale? Or Do you use frozen kale from a store? I’ve never seen it anywhere for sale around here.
Hi Vicky! Freezing fresh kale is so easy!I tear the leaves off the stems (by folding the leaf in half along the stem line and then tearing off the stem), and then stuff it all into a freezer container and freeze. Depending on how much I’ve stuffed the kale into the container, I can either pull out a chunk with my fingers or scoop it out using a spoon. Or even cut out a chunk with a knife! Kale-based smoothies are how I stay cool in the summer, so I tend to stock up on kale when I can! I’ve never bought frozen kale; I don’t even know if that is a thing, but I’m sure there must be a market for it. Just as easy to freeze it yourself though! 🙂
Work has slowed down and I am curled up on the couch with a glass of tea getting ready to binge read your blog. Now I have time to get the important stuff done. Forgive me for being a month behind.
“Now I have time to get important stuff done.” I like your to do list! (buffs nails on shirt at being considered important) Tea-sofa-read = my idea of perfect! Except I’d probably swap the tea for iced tea or lemonade. And have a plate of something yummy beside me. Mmm…food and books/good blogs. Heaven!