Believe me when I say that I haven’t met a carb I didn’t like. Plump, chewy bagels hot out of the oven slathered with butter, flaky almond croissants, oatmeal piled high with fresh fruit, rye toast — I can rhapsodize on the glories of the carb for days. However, after I had a lengthy discussion with my doctor about my diet, which boiled down to excuses (mine), dismay + shock (his), I need to cut down on my consumption of carbs, considerably. Add brutal workouts and a need to move about the city without feeling sluggish, I started blitzing morning protein-packed smoothies.
Many of you are probably thinking, Oh, please. you’re probably sneaking in an almond butter-smeared rice cake (or croissant) come 10AM. Those who know me well know that I’m always hungry, so if a shake can keep me sane until noon you know it’s the business.
Enter the peanut butter banana smoothie. Rich in protein, potassium and calcium, this thick shake is satisfying and delicious. There are days when I’m still astonished over the fact that I don’t need a mid-morning meal, and I’ve noticed a marked improvement in my endurance during spin + weight training.
Plus, I feel like I’m drinking dessert for breakfast, which isn’t a far cry from my beloved almond croissant.
1 banana (medium or large)
1 heaping tbsp of creamy peanut butter
2 heaping tbsp of protein powder (I bought an organic hemp variety, flavored with vanilla spice, which adds a nice kick to the smoothie)
1/2 cup almond milk
4-6 ice cubes
Add to the blender + blitz until completely combined. Drink immediately.