Ever tried PB2? You should.
This stuff is awesome. I had always heard about it, read about it, saw countless pins on Pinterest raving about this healthy peanut butter alternative, but I never actually bought the whole concept of “healthy peanut butter.” I don’t know about you, but peanut butter is one of those treats that is only good when it’s the real thing. It’s so easy to tell the difference between creamy, sweet, gooey peanut butter and the fat-free, sugar free, oil free, blah blah, alternative. It’s just not the same!
PB2 proved me wrong. PB2 is powdered peanut butter with only three ingredients: roasted peanuts, sugar, and salt. Mix two tablespoons of this stuff with one tablespoon of water for a seriously delicious, and authentic, peanut butter experience. Only 45 calories (13 from fat) and 0 grams of saturated fat. I am SO hooked – especially since traditional peanut butter contains 190 calories (130 from fat) and 3 grams of saturated fat…that’s not to mention all the hydrogenated oils and additives like glycerides (fatty acid emulsifiers, typically from animal fat).
So as of lately, I’ve been experimenting a lot with PB2. One of my most recent favorite recipes is a smoothie I made after a pretty intense cycling class. Post-exercise meals are super important if you want to get the most out of the work you put in to better your body. Smoothies can jumpstart recovery by providing carbs, protein, essential fatty acids, electrolytes, and antioxidants. I loved the addition of flaxseed to this smoothie because it’s such a rich source of fiber, B vitamins, and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Whether you have this smoothie after a gym-sesh, as a breakfast boost, or as a healthy mid-day snack, you can’t really go wrong. It’s great tasting, great for your body, and super easy to make.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 ripe banana
1 tablespoon of PB2 powder
1/3 cup of almond milk (unsweetened)
1 tablespoon of flaxseeds
1/3 cup of ice
In a blender, combine all of the ingredients until smooth and frothy, making sure there are no chunks of ice.
Add a tablespoon of honey if you like your smoothies sweeter (depends on the ripeness of the banana).
You could also add a scoop of protein powder, which will help keep you full for longer!
The options are endless. PB2 also comes in a chocolate flavor, and I have a feeling I won’t be able to resist that purchase for much longer.