Nov 3, 2013

PB + J Smoothie and Better Blog Retreat



Strawberries, blueberries, peanut butter and almond milk – this is my favorite smoothie to order when I'm at my gym. It tastes almost like peanut butter and jelly – but it actually has no grapes.  I often make this myself at home; the peanut butter is a great source of protein and keeps me full until lunch and I just love how it tastes.

I just got a new KitchenAid 5 Speed Diamond Blender thanks to the Better Blog Retreat and I immediately knew I was going to make this smoothie to put it to the test. The blender is quite powerful and crushes ice perfectly. I give it two thumbs up!


I've been doing so much traveling these past few weeks and I'm a bit behind in sharing my amazing four days spent in Park City, Utah with some of my favorite blogging friends for the Better Blog Retreat hosted by Maria from Two Peas and Their Pod and Heidi from Foodie Crush. 



I love these ladies!!
  
Heidi, Sandy, Kristen, Amanda, Jessica, Jenny, Rachel, Maria, Ali, Lindsay, Kelley, Me, Lori, and Dara (and Lisa, not pictured) Photo by Amanda

This was my first time in Park City, Utah, but it won't be my last – it was gorgeous! We stayed in a beautiful rustic Anthology Storied Destinations vacation home tucked away in the mountains, so secluded it's only accessible by a ski slope or a hidden tunnel!  


If you ever want to travel to a ski destination with a large group of friends or family – this house is for you! It had an amazing kitchen where we spent much of our time...

photo by Maria

The house slept 15 people, plus it has a theater, spa, hot tub... and even an elevator! Here's a photo of us girls sitting around the dining room table, talking, drinking wine, laughing, Instagraming and just having a great time.

photo by Maria
One of the sponsors was KitchenAid and they gave as all their new KitchenAid 5 Speed Diamond Blender – I chose tangerine but there are so many colors to choose from!

The other sponsors who made that trip possible were ChobaniDeLallo, Deer ValleyOXOWhole FoodsAnthology Storied Destinations, Harry & David and Wisconsin Cheese. I look forward to sharing my trip to Oregon with you all, hopefully I will get around to that this week. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this smoothie!


PB + J Smoothie
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 1 • Size: 1 smoothie • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 222 • Fat: 11 g • Protein: 6 g • Carb: 29 g • Fiber: 8 g • Sugar: 19 g
Sodium: 216 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries (put your blueberries in the freezer!)
  • 3/4 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I used Almond Breeze)
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 5 to 6 drops liquid stevia or sweetener of your choice (NuNaturals Vanilla)
  • 1/4 cup ice

Directions:

Place all the ingredients in the blender and puree until smooth.


Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze. I only share products I use in my own kitchen on a daily basis. I created this recipe and received compensation to do so.

46 comments :

  1. How about making this more calorie friendly by using PB2, or one of the other peanut butter powders that have removed the fat.

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    1. But the fat in peanut butter is good for you.

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  2. Sure, you can! I personally prefer it with real peanut butter after a workout, but sometimes use PB2 or Better Than Peanut Butter.

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  3. This sounds AMAZING, but then again I am a sucker for anything pb & j related :).

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  4. Wow looks like a great time! So pretty with all the snow too!

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  5. This will be great for my fiance's son to have after school! He loves PBJ anything.

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  6. I know it is cold out here in the Northeast but this smoothie was the best part of my day today. Thank you!

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  7. This sounds absolutely delicious! So lucky to get a KitchenAid blender

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  8. Made it today, delicious! I didn't use the stevia, I felt like it was plenty sweet without it :)

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  9. Love spending time with you in Utah! Come back anytime! Miss you! xo

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  10. I definitely will be adding this to my smoothie rotation. Your trip looks like a blast! It is my goal to be able to attend something like this one day. Your blog has inspired me so much!

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  11. Will this retreat be in Utah again next year and it will it be around the same time? I want to go next year! :)

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    1. It was the first one, hoping there will be a second!

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  12. Hope you enjoyed Utah! I used to snowboard at Park City such a fun place...oh and I can't wait to try this smoothie!

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  13. Your trip looked amazing! How do get involved in something like that?
    xoxo
    http://boardingtogether.blogspot.com

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  14. I'm not much for stevia or almond milk. Have you tried it without added sweetener and/or with regular low fat milk?

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    1. For my taste, it needs a little sweetness but it's up to you. Any milk would be fine.

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  15. What a wonderful experience with some talented food bloggers. Gorgeous house and kitchen ;)

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  16. I've added strawberries and blueberries to gina's skinny green monster with great results! the banana sweetens the drink and you get the extra nutrients from the spinach. It still tastes like PBJ :)

    You definitely don't need to use a whole banana with all those berries - about half will provide a good amount of sweetness!

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  17. Almond Breeze has an ingredient called "carrageenan" which I've read is not good for us, so I've switched to SILK almond milk which does not include this.

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  18. Gina, have you ever tried using the sweetened almond milk instead of adding sweetner?

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  19. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Park City - wonderful, isn't it? Were you able to try Cafe Rio while you were here? I loved your lightened up version of their pork barbacoa.

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    1. Funny I wanted to but didn't get the chance.

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  20. Hi there. Love your blog! Curious how this is six points though?

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    1. Why, are you getting less points?

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    2. I was curious too. I plugged it in but it came up 6. Why is that, if you are using zero point fruit??

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    3. I plug it into recipe builder which counts the fruit, but you can calculate it however you wish!

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  21. Where did you get your colored mason jars?

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  22. not a huge peanut fan, but like PB&J. May have to try this Gee. And I love the pictures from the retreat! awesome!

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  23. Drinking this for lunch today - so good...and pretty :)

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  24. Will this keep overnight in the refrigerator? I love smoothies, but never have time to make them in the morning.

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    1. You can prep everything the night before, keep the fruit frozen and just blend in the morning!

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  25. Yum! My blender is on its last leg and it leaks. So I am considering the one you got and shared about.
    I am Pinning smoothies and promoting on skinny Scoop. I hope you don't mind.

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  27. Made this for breakfast this morning as am glad I did! Very delicious. I do not like stevia, so I used half a banana to sweeten. I'm sure it changed the taste a little, since I could taste banana a bit, but the PB&J taste still came through for me.

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  28. I am totally obsessed with smoothies. So this sounds like something I would love!

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  29. I made some adjustments from what I had on hand and it still turned out great. I used:
    3/4 cup frozen strawberries (instead of fresh ones)
    1/2 of a medium banana (replaced blueberries)
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    5-6 drops of honey instead of stevia

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