I have never been a huge milkshake fan. Even as a child, I found them perplexing; why would I want to drink something that is so rich it makes me thirstier than before I ever drank it? What nonsense!
Of course, if I was ever going to get a milkshake, it had to be from Long’s Drugstore minutes from my childhood house and it had to have peanut butter in it. Peanut butter and banana, Reese’s peanut butter cups, or Butterfingers were all acceptable forms of milkshake flavors to me. To this day, the thought of one of those lusciously thick milkshakes sounds pretty amazing, though I fear my body would explode after consuming one.
I have and always will be a fan of smoothies. They are refreshing, nutritious, and still satisfy my sweet tooth in a more natural way than the processed sugar and candy pieces in my milkshake favorites.
Teaching is hard work, folks. And usually washing down my frustration and exhaustion with margaritas or Pinot Grigio doesn’t end well the next day. Diving headfirst into a pint of Ben and Jerry’s has proven unsuccessful, too (yes, I have done this more times than I am proud to share).
I whipped up this smoothie this weekend when I felt like I had earned a treat without going off the deep-end. With a little frozen banana slices, a dollop of nut butter and a few scoops of nut butter, you’re going to be on your way to something that tastes delightfully decadent.
This smoothie also packs some serious nutrition. I add some protein powder and collagen powder, as well as some frozen spinach. Because of the cocoa powder, you can’t even tell there’s anything green mixed in. This would be perfect for picky-eaters (children or adults) who aren’t too crazy about eating their vegetables.
I love smoothies for breakfast, but they’re great for a healthy snack after a workout or after a long day at school for the student or teacher in your life.
Weirded out by putting green stuff in your smoothie? Trust me, frozen bananas mask the flavor of the greens. Plus, spinach is certainly the most mild of all that I have tried. If you want to use kale, I DO NOT recommend the raw stuff. It’s super bitter and personally makes me want to gag a little. If you dig it, all the power to you!
If you don’t know where to start on protein powder, go check out last week’s post where I shared some of my favorites. They are more expensive than what you would find at the grocery store, but you get what you pay for.
While the days are still balmy and warm here in Texas, I’m going to keep on the smoothie train. I’m not crazy about warm breakfasts when it’s so sticky outside. I may have to go whip up another one of these right now. Having a healthy dark chocolate Reese’s cup in a glass is my kind of breakfast. This smoothie certainly makes getting out of bed in the morning much more exciting.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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