Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
According to the Abs Diet for Women, smoothies are perfect for meal substitutions (and when I say that, I’m referring to a lifestyle that has you eating something every couple of hours, not substituting only one of 2 or 3 meals a day – I believe that would not be beneficial to your body or your mind) and as potent snacks. The author says that they work for a number of reasons:
- They require little time, so you’re more likely to consume them on a regular basis.
- Adding berries, flavored whey powder (and in the specific case of this recipe, chocolate whey powder), or peanut butter, they taste like a dessert, which satisfies your body’s sweet cravings.
- Their thickness takes up a lot of space in your stomach.
They help control weight in the following ways:
- Researchers at Purdue University found that people who drank thick drinks stayed fuller longer than people who drank thin drinks with equal calories, temperatures, and amounts.
- Researchers at Penn State found that when people drank yogurt shakes that they had blended until they were double in volume ate 96 fewer calories a day than those who drank shakes of normal thickness.
- The North American Association of the Study of Obesity found that drinking meal replacements (and I in no way advocate the prepackaged “shakes” that are filled with chemicals and soy and fake food), increased the chances of losing weight and keeping it off longer for a year.
- A University of Tennessee study found that people who added three servings of yogurt a day to their diets lost 61% more body fat and 81% more stomach fat over 12 weeks than those who didn’t eat yogurt. They speculated that the calcium helps the body burn fat and limit the amount of new fat your body can make.
Yesterday, I was really craving something sweet. Well, specifically, I was craving chocolate cheesecake, which is kind of dangerous in my kitchen because the chances are good I have everything on hand I need to make it. So, the boys and I had Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothies for a snack, and it more than satisfied that craving.
Since we’re in the season now, I will add that this is a great way to up your protein during Lent. And, as you can see from the pictures above, my kids love them.
1 cup plain yogurt
½ cup milk
¼ cup peanut butter (see note below)
1 scoop chocolate whey powder (the whey powder will come with its own measuring scoop – if you don’t have whey powder, you can use one envelope of Carnation Instant Breakfast.)
1 envelope plain instant oatmeal
1 cup ice cubes
rubber spatula in case you need to scrape the inside of the blender pitcher
Place all ingredients in a blender.
Blend for at least 1 minute, longer if the ice needs more time.
3 16-ounce servings.
|Very high in protein|
I use a natural peanut butter that is enhanced with flax seed and wheat germ, then sweetened with honey. You can add some flax seed or wheat germ to this recipe, if you want, and if you feel like it needs some more sweetness, you can add a tsp or two of honey.
I would love to hear any feedback about this recipe. Did you make it? Did you enjoy it? Did you make any adjustments to it?
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i make something similar…but without the oatmeal. may need to try that next time!
How much is this (1 scoop chocolate whey powder) ?
Are you going to be posting more of these snack treats for us( women)? I am the worst to skpi meals , I have always done that and now it is catching up with me. I stay so busy with school and the kids , and their stuff. I would like to lose a lb or so, but have a good snack too.
Sorry , so lenghty . Thanks for posting.
The whey powder will come with a scoop. But, if you don’t have that, an envelope of Carnation Instant Breakfast will work, too! I’ll update the recipe to reflect that. Thank you for pointing it out.
I intend to post many smoothie recipes. I drink a smoothie every day, so I have a ton of different ones.
Yum! My husband and I both have at least one “meal” consisting of a protein drink. Because I am at the office, I actually drink the pre-packaged protein drinks…but Ian makes tastier ones at home for himself and the kids.
For anyone who is looking for a pre-packaged protein drink that isn’t *horrible* I highly recommend the IsoPure carb-free protein juice. Its ingredients are water, whey protein and sucralose. I know, sucralose is terrible, but it beats all of the other pre-packaged drinks I have tried. :)
I just read this, realized I had (most) of the ingredients… and hey, look it’s snack time! :) I just whipped it up for myself and the 4-year-old. I used Carnation Instant Breakfast and cinnamon since that was all I had on hand and 1/3 cup of peanut butter (I realized I’d grabbed the wrong measuring cup after dumping it in). It is pretty good and definitely will help a sweets craving! The recipe made 3 8-oz servings for me… hoping one will keep in the fridge until my husbands gets home because we are both FULL (Oh, 4 year old liked it too, although he informed me it wasn’t a “real smoothie” because it didn’t have just fruit and yogurt… about 1/3 cup filled him up!) :) Now I have to go figure up the nutritional information… I’ve been making more smoothies lately too (this is my 2nd one today) so I’d love to see some of your recipes! Just realized that I should have added the Bible study to my list of things to do this week… I am so behind!
In case anyone else is counting calories and interested… my recipe (with Weight Control cinnamon oatmeal, Carnation Instant Breakfast and a bit more PB) came up with the following NI:
Calories — 354; Carbs — 9; Fat — 15 (14 from PB, 1 from oatmeal); Protein — 15.
That’s awesome, Melody – thank you!
I just found this recipe as well as your site, looking forward to giving this a try but any suggestions for replacing the banana? My oldest has a latex allergy and bananas can often trigger a reaction in her. I’m constantly on the hunt for banana free smoothies for us as she loves smoothies, but most do contain the banana. Maybe a bit more yogurt?
Maybe some vanilla yogurt instead of plain yogurt?
The banana isn’t necessary to the smoothie — we just love the taste of it in the peanut butter & chocolate smoothie. I will say that one time I left the banana out, my daughter did not like it and didn’t know why. But, she’d always had the banana in it before.
The vanilla yogurt would add a bit of sweet to the smoothie and might be just the right thing to replace the banana.
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