This healthy peanut butter & jelly smoothie is reminiscent of our favorite sandwich and full of healthy fats, protein, fiber, and antioxidants!
I love smoothies…IF they have staying power. The ones that leave me hungry after an hour (when I expect them to be a meal!) just do not work. Because as much as I love eating, I don’t have the time or the energy to eat multiple breakfasts.
The remedy to ensure your smoothie leaves you satisfied for hours? The nutrition trifecta: protein, fiber, healthy fats. And this peanut butter & jelly smoothie is full of all three, with the classic sandwich flavors in liquid meal format.
I also love that smoothies are a great way to get some good nutrition into kids first thing. If your child is picky, or maybe has too much playing to do to sit down and eat, or maybe rushes out the door before school without time for breakfast, smoothies can be a perfect solution to make sure they are starting their day off on a healthy note.
Blend up a bunch of healthy ingredients (making sure you include some form of protein, fiber, and healthy fats!) and you’re left with a portable meal or snack that can be taken on-the-go, sipped at home, or even turned into nutritious popsicles!
If you’re looking for regular smoothie inspiration, check out the smoothie project from weelicious. She makes daily smoothies for her kids and has even created a printout so that kids can choose their own smoothie adventure – it’s a fun way to get them involved in the process.
If you follow me on instagram (hi, let’s hang out!) you might have noticed that I’ve started incorporating smoothies as many mornings as I can. Between a new baby and a constantly-sick toddler, our family could use a boost of vitamins, healthy fats, and superfoods every morning – smoothies are an easy way to do just that.
Because I’m all about vegetables at every meal, I’m ALL for adding vegetables into smoothies. Not because you can “trick” your kids into eating vegetables, because ideally your kids don’t need to be tricked, but in case they do, it’s a good backup plan to make sure their getting some vegetables in their diet. Greens are full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and definitely something we should be eating on a daily basis – putting them in a smoothie first thing ensures that happens. Start with some baby spinach, it’s a great green to throw into smoothies because it has a very mild flavor.
With that said, you also don’t need to feel like EVERY SINGLE smoothie has to be full of spinach or kale to make it healthy. Aim for different shades every day!
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- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 banana, peeled and frozen (I peel a bunch and keep them in my freezer for smoothies)
- 1/4 cup flax meal (ground flaxseed)
- 2 Tablespoons natural peanut butter
- 2 cups milk of choice
- Layer all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
If smoothie is too thick, add 1-2 Tablespoons of water to get things moving.
- Calories: 356
- Sugar: 25 grams
- Sodium: 152 milligrams
- Fat: 21 grams
- Saturated Fat: 6 grams
- Unsaturated Fat: 15 grams
- Trans Fat: 0 grams
- Carbohydrates: 42 grams
- Fiber: 10 grams
- Protein: 15 grams
- Cholesterol: 24 milligrams