Nov 3, 2013

PB + J Smoothie



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!!
  


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...


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.






PB + J Smoothie
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 1 • Size: 1 smoothie • Points +: 6 pts • Smart Points: 4
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 cup 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.

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

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

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

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Your trip looked amazing! How do get involved in something like that?
    xoxo
    http://boardingtogether.blogspot.com

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

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Gina, have you ever tried using the sweetened almond milk instead of adding sweetner?

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  16. 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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  17. 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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    4. When you puree fruit it becomes a juice. If you want zero point fruit you must leave it whole.

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    5. I just plugged this into the recipe builder online and it jumped up from 4 points to 9 when I checked the box for "blended".

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  18. Where did you get your colored mason jars?

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

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  21. 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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  23. 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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  24. I am totally obsessed with smoothies. So this sounds like something I would love!

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  25. 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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  26. Could you use protein powder? What flavor would you recommend ?

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  27. I'm still confused about the points. Pureed fruit is not a juice. Juicing fruit takes out the skin (fiber). You essentially puree fruit when you chew it; it doesn't change the point value. In this recipe you eat the exact same fruit in the recipe which, on its own, would be free (in Points Plus). The Food Tracker counts it as zero.

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    1. I believe in Points Plus, although the tracker does count the fruit, we are told to omit those points. If you are following the new Smart Points, anytime fruit is blended, the fruit must be counted.

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  28. I was having stomach problems so I went off almond milk and it stopped so I assumed almond milk was hurting my stomach? what else could I use in place that would keep calories down?

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  29. Not being a fan of stevia, I used 1 date instead to naturally sweeten this smoothie. Also added in 1 cup of spinach to green it up. It was sooooo yummy! One of the better smoothies we've had in a while & green smoothies are our breakfast every day! Thank you again, Gina, for a delicious recipe that's good for us :)

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  30. Gina Podwika10/29/15, 11:46 AM

    This looks soo good, but all your recipes are awesome, so I'm going to give this one a try too. Was wondering where we could find more information about this retreat location...looks awesome...would love to organize a group on ladies and use your new Skinny Taste Planner to plan a week....Keep blogging...Love your recipes and ideas!

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  31. As I type this I'm at work in Park City! I hope you had a fabulous time here. :)

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  32. @Deb, I think it's only 0 pts if eaten alone (the fruit). I think if you use fruit in recipes they count for pts. I read that somewere, can't remember where. But that would explain why the recipe builder calculates them.

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  33. Hi Gina. Thank you for all you do, it has helped me in my weight loss journey. To be able to cook and eat both healthy and tasty foods, with ww points has been key. I love this recipe, but wanted to let you know in the new smart points recipe builder there is a blended box that needs to be checked for any foods blended, ie soups, smoothies, etc. This recipe actually calculates to 9 smart points with the box checked :( I even checked with my leader and its the new science behind the plan.

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    1. I got the same result. 9 points. That little blend button makes all the difference.:-(

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  34. 3/4 what of the Almond Milk? Ounce? Cup? Pint?

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    1. 3/4 cup, thanks for noticing, just fixed it.

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  35. When I plugged the calorie count, etc. into the calculator I came up with 8 SP.

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  36. I did too. I don't think she added the fruit in the recipe as blended. With Smart Points fruit is free in recipes unless you blend them like smoothies. I feel like it's a little misleading for those of us truly following the plan.

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