Anyone else just a little bit off today? I don’t know if it’s just the middle of the week or what. But I’m lacking focus and getting easily frustrated at myself for my lack of focus. Kind-of a vicious little cycle I’m in. I am forcing myself to focus on this blog post and hoping that I can get into the correct headspace now that I’ve got my tea, my headphones on with some music and the fact that now I’ve actually started. (Isn’t that a saying? Starting is the hardest part or something?)
Today I made this delicious smoothie for lunch. I was staring at the extra pumpkin muffins I made yesterday for a bake sale. I made the big 29 ounce can of pumpkin puree recipe I give measurements for on my blog post here: Pumpkin Muffins. The muffins were calling to me, but I knew I needed something besides 5 muffins for lunch. I settled on 2 and this smoothie, getting a little protein and fruit in my smoothie to go along with the muffins.
This smoothie would be great for breakfast, snack, lunch, and even a post-workout pick-me-up. This is a great to-go travel food (commuters), especially if you blend it in the convenient travel cups. My travel smoothie cup is a couple years old and it looks like they have updated their blender and travel smoothie cups, you can find a similar (newer) version here: Oster Blender with Smoothie Cup.
The instant oatmeal is a nice filler and it helps make this smoothie have the potential of being a meal replacement smoothie. You are getting fruit, grain, protein, and dairy in the smoothie. Really, if you ate this with a couple raw veggies like carrot sticks and bell pepper strips, you’d have a full meal deal.
This is a smoothie for practically everyone except those allergic to peanuts. If you are gluten free, feel free to find and use GF oatmeal in the smoothie. There is such a thing, trust me. We have my daughter on a GF and dairy free diet. You might have to search the grocery store for a minute, but you should be able to find GF oatmeal. This is also a great way for vegans and vegetarians to sneak a little extra protein into their day. This is going to be a new “go-to” smoothie for me as we always have all the ingredients on hand and it is healthy and filling.
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
1/4 cup instant oatmeal (use GF oatmeal if necessary)
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 cup vanilla almond milk (or other milk of choice)
ice cubes (approximately 8-10 cubes)
If you are using a travel smoothie cup, layer your ingredients in the blender cup starting with your banana and reserving the milk for last. If you are blending in a normal blender, the order doesn’t matter much. Blend on high until all ingredients have blended well together and the ice has been crushed.
Place your travel lid on top and add your straw. ENJOY!
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