Peanut butter's more than a tasty high-protein spread for your sandwich; it's packed with oils that aid in weight loss, and prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease and diabetes. Plus, the stuff tastes fantastic when mixed in a cold and refreshing smoothie!
1. Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
Yogurt gives this smoothie a cool ice-cream-like consistency that makes it taste like dessert! Plus the active cultures in yogurt aid in your body’s natural digestive process by encouraging greater production of your body’s flora. Banana preserves and boosts memory through its naturally occurring tryptophan, and additionally it’s high-potassium-low/no-sodium balance directly cuts the risk you run at developing cardiovascular disease.
PB fun fact: We also thought we’d throw you a fun fact on peanut butter at the end of each recipe wrap-up! Peanut butter is full of nothing but heart healthy mono-saturated fat, which has been shown in studied individuals as resulting in less total belly fat.
2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
Chocolate paired with peanut butter has been a victorious combination since Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups broke onto the scene years ago. Now this recipe’s combination of Greek yogurt, skim milk, and natural peanut butter gives you the same flavor combo but also delivers your body 28 grams of natural and healthy protein per smoothie! Such high protein content will keep you feeling full much longer than you’d otherwise feel with a simple carb, high starch, and unhealthy alternative.
PB fun fact: A couple studies on the effects of consuming peanut butter (5+ servings per week) found that its regular consumption by the tested individuals resulted in a 25 to 30% lower risk of getting gallstones!
3. Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
If you consider yourself an exasperated member of the "dash out the door for work" pack, and so many of us have been there at one point or another, then this is the perfect smoothie for you! With a prep time of a mere five minutes, and a perfectly struck balance between salty and sweet, this peanut butter rich smoothie’s captivated the masses. Plus the cinnamon adds a pleasant spice to add even deeper flavor complexity to this cool and refreshing drink.
PB fun fact: Eating peanuts can cut your risk at developing type-2 diabetes.
4. Blueberry Peanut Smoothie
Who’d have thought the peanut butter smoothie had any more room to become even healthier? Well when you toss some antioxidant-rich blueberries into the mix, it happens. Every cup of blueberries delivers your body 14% of its daily recommended dietary fiber intake, and population focused studies suggest that regular consumption of blueberries can vastly reduce the risk of cognitive decline especially Parkinson’s disease.
PB fun fact: A certain study shows that regular peanut consumption cut the risk at developing Alzheimer's by 70%!
5. Peanut Butter and Jelly Green Smoothie
Many of us have looked fondly upon a fresh sliced PB&J sandwich since our early childhood over crowded lunch cafeteria days, but as we grow older and accept the reality that our bodies and their metabolisms will naturally slow down with age, it becomes time to consider the healthier alternative. Fortunately, the culinary innovators of this grand generation have created a health-conscious smoothie that manages to hold onto that lovely taste of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich!
PB fun fact: Besides the great taste, the peanut butter in this smoothie has been proposed to have healthy properties that reduce the risk women run at developing colon cancer.