Ever since I recently discovered the wonder that is PB2, I’ve been looking forward to using it in a smoothie. For those of you who missed it, you can see me gush about PB2 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 from Amazon.
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!
PB Banana Green Smoothie
Source: Emily Bites Original
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
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
Yields 1 (1 ½ cup) serving. WW P+: 7 per serving** (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)
Nutrition Information per serving from myfitnesspal.com: 279 calories, 46 g carbs, 2 g fat, 23 g protein, 5 g fiber
**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!