GREEN PEA SMOOTHIE | And Is PB2 Healthy?2013-02-28
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This is my new favourite green smoothie!!
(Yes, I know I tell you guys “this is my new favourite [blank]…” often. It’s because I get really excited about food. And because my favourite changes every week. And some of my friends may have used the word “fickle” to describe me….. hmmmm, not sure I like that…
This smoothie contains not one but TWO, yes TWO!!, nutritious vegetables – but and it still tastes AMAZING!
(see how excited I am?!! I really love exclamation marks!!)
SPINACH & PEAS.
Peas?! Yes. Peas.
Many of you are used to spinach smoothies by now, so be bold and give peas a chance. They are naturally sweet and I actually really enjoy the flavour boost in my smoothies!
Green smoothies are a great way to take in some extra greens, add protein to your diet, and fill up (the liquid will make you feel full!). They’re great as a post-workout meal, or on the run (eg: click here to see my last post about drinking my green smoothie in the car!) Just be careful about how much fruit you’re putting in your smoothies because fruit can add a lot of sugar.
This smoothie contains NO fruit. It’s for my low-carb days (like rest days from my workout schedule). If you want more carbs, you can add 1/2 banana or 2 dried dates.
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/4 cup frozen green peas
- 1/2 drop liquid stevia
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (I like Silk brand because it only has 30 calories!)
- 1/2 scoop vanilla whey isolate protein powder (I use Diesel brand because it’s low carb with no added sugar)
- 1 tbsp PB2 (just because I’m obsessed right now, but again, if you don’t have PB2 just use natural peanut butter)
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 ice cubes & additional water depending on how think you like it
- optional: 1 tbsp ground flax seed, or 1 tbsp hemp hearts
- Blend all ingredients in Magic Bullet or blender.
So stinkin delicious.
A Word about PB2: Is PB2 healthy??
One of my friends asked me how “healthy” PB2 is. The reality is, it’s not a “health” food. Neither is it a “whole” food. It is clearly processed (peanuts do not come in powder form!).
So then why do I eat it? Personally, I eat it because I am so addicted to peanut butter that I lack some serious self-control and can eat through a jar a week (and have done so many times). This is not good for my waist line and my healthy eating goals. So for me (and again, this is personal; I’m not necessarily advocating PB2 over peanut butter for others!) PB2 is a healthiER alternative than peanut butter because it is so much lower in calories and fat than real peanut butter. For others (those of you who have self-control in the peanut butter arena!) natural peanut butter is healthier because it is a whole food (not processed) and maintains many of the healthy nutrients and vitamins (like Vitamin E!) in peanuts.
Bottom line: you need to decide what is right for you.
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