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PB Banana Green Smoothie

Ever since I recently discovered the wonder that is PB2 (affiliate link!), I’ve been looking forward to using it in a smoothie. For those of you who missed it, you can see me gush about it in my Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce post. It’s just downright awesome and evidently it’s available in a lot more grocery stores than I thought, though if you have trouble finding it you can always order it from Amazon (affiliate link).

Peanut butter and bananas are such a natural combination and since bananas are ideal for adding substance to smoothies, this seemed like a great place to start. I rounded it out with some yogurt and honey and then threw in some spinach for extra nutrients. If you’ve never used spinach in a smoothie before, don’t fret! It’s not as weird as it sounds. It does turn most smoothies green but it also gives you lots of nice health benefits without really changing the flavor of the smoothie at all. Try it!

This smoothie made a perfect, filling breakfast. I love that it packs 23 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber – it kept me full for hours! For all you Weight Watchers out there, I know there is some discrepancy as to whether to count the points for fruit in a smoothie. Most fruit is free on Weight Watchers but the recipe builder counts it. I always count the points for the fruits and vegetables in my recipes using the recipe builder, but since this isn’t cooked at all, it’s a single serving and the fruit in it is raw…it’s your call. I personally tracked it at 4 Points+ and tracked the banana separately as zero, but if you track it all together it’s 7 points. Do whatever makes you feel comfortable!

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PB Banana Green Smoothie

Yield: 1 (1 ½ cup) serving

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup ice cubes
  • 1 medium banana, sliced
  • 6 oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ cup raw baby spinach, packed

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and drink up! Entire recipe yields about 1 ½ cups

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
7 per serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

If you choose not to use the Weight Watchers recipe builder to calculate your smoothie (in which case the banana is free) then the smoothie is 4 points+ instead of 7. I personally track it this way!

Nutrition Information:
279 calories, 46 g carbs, 2 g fat, 23 g protein, 5 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

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8 Responses to “PB Banana Green Smoothie”

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    KimberlyO — June 3, 2013 @ 12:03 am

    This sounds yummy! May I ask what kind of blender you use? I haven’t tried spinach in shakes yet as I’m not sure if my Cuisinart smoothie blender would “blenderize” the spinach enough. I’ve read good things about the Nutribullet, but mine makes me protein shakes just fine (without the greens).

    • KimberlyO replied: — June 3rd, 2013 @ 12:09 am

      Thanks! I’ll give my Cuisinart a shot at spinach. :) It’s good to know that you aren’t using a “special” blender. I love your recipes because I can find the ingredients at just about any grocery store.

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    Taylor Ellingson — June 3, 2013 @ 12:49 am

    This is really similar to the smoothie I make almost every morning! I use a frozen banana instead of ice cubes, though….I love how creamy it makes my smoothies!

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    MamaFujan — June 3, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

    Could you make a larger batch and just pour a glass throughout the week? Or is it a good idea to just make fresh every morning?

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    Julie @ Table for Two — June 4, 2013 @ 1:54 am

    This is so perfect for an on the go breakfast!

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    Green supplements — September 6, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    Howdy would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using? I’m going to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a tough time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. P.S My apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

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    LateToTheParty — June 10, 2014 @ 6:18 pm

    Green smoothies are the shizz. Tried this recipe as written and really enjoyed it. Saving LOTS of recipes to try in the near future. TY for including NI via WW and MFP. It’s really helpful :)

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