Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches and I have a one sided relationship. I love them but they don’t seem to love me back. I honestly forgot all about this staple combination until my son was old enough to start eating them. I hadn’t had one in years. And yes, I do let me child have PB & J’s. Or in his case, sunflower butter and “superfruit” spread. That’s as close as he gets with me lol
But when I started making them for him I caught myself making an extra (or 2) for myself and it soon became a nasty habit. They taste great for about the 2 seconds it takes to eat them. They are not very filling (I could eat 7 in a row, easy) and they also break down to sugar very quickly in the body causing insulin to spike. The bread and jelly are mostly to blame here. I feel so yucky afterwards so it’s just no longer worth it in my book. But they taste sooo good…
Well, so do green smoothies! Using whole fruits and leafy greens, it won’t be quite the sugar rush resulting in a major crash later and your also getting a ton of necessary nutrients. So the next time you have a PB & J craving or your tempted to make that extra one while serving your kids, you can whip up one of these instead.
This smoothie is super thick so it’s also like eating frozen yogurt which is another win. You can make it just as I’ve listed below or you can start with this recipe as a base and really get creative with additional toppings or add ins such as protein or vegetable powders.
I’ve topped this one with some unsweetened coconut flakes and hemp seeds to add a little texture and healthy fats. It would also be delicious with chia seeds or chopped nuts. I seem to end up doing it a bit different each time, but this is always my starting point. Enjoy this as a mid day snack or even as a healthy dessert.
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A healthier and just as delicious take on a childhood classic flavor combination.
- 1/2 Cup Frozen Blackberries
- 1/2 Cup Frozen Raspberries
- 1/2 Large Banana
- 1 Cup Spinach, packed
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk or Water
- 1 Tablespoon Nut Butter of choice
- 1 Tablespoon Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- 1 Tablespoon Hemp Seeds
- Chia seeds, nuts, berries etc.
Add all ingredients except for the toppings to blender.
Blend Until smooth.
Transfer to bowl and add additional toppings of choice.
You want this smoothie to be thick. If the blender isn't spinning you may need to stop it and give it a shake or stir to get things going again. If it still doesn't want to spin, add more liquid a tsp or so at a time until it mixes thoroughly.
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