International Cuisine

Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I worked in Smoothie King when I first came to US, and hence I have an old and cherished bond with Smoothies, especially with Banana and Peanut Butter smoothie! But I've been a smoothie-lover right from the beginning, irrespective of my affiliation with them. The concept is amazing, the choices are vast, and the health benefits that it brings alongwith the taste makes a glass of smoothie even more enriching! To pacify some of my readers and friends who voted for Smoothies in the last poll and were hoping for it to win (instead of Pizza), here's a Smoothie recipe with Vanilla, Bananas and Peanut Butter which is high in proteins and potassium, and this can easily become a part of your breakfast or mid-day snack for a wholesome meal!!

1 banana - cut into 3-4 pieces
1/2 scoop low-fat vanilla ice-cream (optional,you can use vanilla yoghurt too)
1 tsp vanilla extract or essence
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp whey protein powder(optional, I use EAS or Bulk Nutrition brand)
4-6 ice cubes
3 tbsp milk

Add the ice cubes and all the above ingredients and blend until smooth and thick.

Pour in a tall glass and enjoy chilled! This smoothie is also an excellent source of calcium(milk), potassium(banana), and protein(peanut butter and whey protein). You can also substitute regular milk for skim milk or soy milk to make it more healthy!