When your night before looks like this:
That’s a green monster right there.
As such, I was looking for something a little healthier this morning, and knew what it had to be. A green monster smoothie. I made my first one about a year ago, using Gina’s recipe. Since then, I’ve tweaked it to my tastes, and my pantry. It uses PB2, this peanut butter powder, that’s processed in a way that lowers both the fat and sugar content.
I do not mind eating regular peanut butter, a hugely fatty food, in the slightest. I eat it in some capacity almost everyday, whether it be with an apple, or in a sandwich. Peanut butter (if you know which brand to buy) is a healthy fat. I’m going to try not to get too technical here, but the fat in peanut butter occurs naturally. It is supposed to be there. It wasn’t added by a factory to boost the flavor, it was in the peanut all along. This means two things. One: Peanut butter will keep you full. Two: The fat in peanut butter falls into the easier-to-digest category.
Done. Off my soap box.
This post isn’t about peanut butter, it’s about PB2. I don’t mind consuming the real stuff, but I’ve been hearing so much about PB2, that I had to grab a jar on my last trip to Whole Foods. I’ve made green monsters with peanut butter, and green monsters with PB2 and I can’t tell a difference. So if this version saves me some calories, you can count me in.
To make a green monster, you will need:
- 1 banana, broken into small pieces
- 2 T PB2 (or chocolate PB2)
- 3/4 C milk
- 1/2 C plain yogurt (or greek)
- 2 C (or more) spinach leaves
Blend all ingredients till smooth, and enjoy.