Banana Smoothie (with Homemade Honey Roasted Peanut Butter)

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This flavor & protein packed banana smoothie (with homemade peanut butter) is a simple, easy and deliciously healthy way to start even your busiest of mornings!

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I’ve never been happy with my weight, even when I was at my all-time smallest (a long 25 pounds ago). Even though I had a near perfect body with chisled abs and a very strong and sleek profile, I wished I was smaller. I had this goal weight in my head, and no matter what I looked like or what I was told by other people, I knew I wouldn’t be happy until I reached that number.

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It’s almost shocking when I look back on that Claire and remember how much self-hate I had for myself. As I stare at those photos of a body I worked my ass off for, I can’t believe how little I respected it. I’d give anything now to be as “fat” as I thought I was back then.

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But the grass is always greener on the other side, right? As much as I like to think I’ve changed my mindset completely, I know the moment I start to shed these pounds, that voice will come back. The one that says “5 is nothing, try for 10.” The one that even when I reach my happy weight, it’ll repeat “oh, come on! You’re just 10 more pounds away from your goal, get moving!” The one that I think will never actually be satisfied with what I look like, even when I do hit that magical number. I wouldn’t be lying if that’s one of the reasons I’m truly hesitant to lose weight.

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I don’t want that voice to take over. I actually want to be happy with what I look like, even now. Sure, I’m not at a weight I’m really happy with, but this is my body for now, and I have to find a way to love it. Instead of using my appearance and the number on the scale as a driving force to better myself, I need to use health and physical stamina instead. This is so much harder to do then say, but I’m going to give it my best college try anyway.

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We learn our best lessons when we try for the “impossible,” wouldn’t you say?

Banana Smoothie (with Homemade Peanut Butter)

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Serves about 2. Slightly adapted from Delightfully Made.
Prep time: >5 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 1/2 cup low fat milk
  • 1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vanilla nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 4 tablespoons homemade peanut butter (see recipe below)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or organic honey
  • Dash of cinnamon

Directions: 

  1. Place all of the ingredients (except for the cinnamon) in a blender. Blend for about 30 seconds, or until completely smooth. Pour into two glasses or jars and serve immediately. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh cinnamon.

Nutritional information per smoothie:

Calories: 525
Fat: 17 grams
Carbohydrates: 55 grams
Fiber: 9.5 grams
Protein: 28 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 11

Homemade honey roasted peanut butter

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This amazing homemade honey roasted peanut butter is a breeze to make, all you need are three ingredients and a food processor! After one bite, you’ll never buy store bought again, I promise!

Yields about 1 cup.
Prep time: >2 minutes
Blend time: 10 – 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups roasted, lightly salted peanuts
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 – 2 teaspoons peanut oil*

Directions: 

  1. Add the peanuts to a large food processor. Pulse for about 2 minutes or until they start to shine. Use a rubber spatula to push down the sides. Pulse another 4 minutes and then add in the honey. Pulse another 5 – 7 minutes, or until mixture is very smooth. Add in peanut oil to reach desired consistency (I used 1/2 teaspoon).

Nutritional information per serving (2 tablespoons):

Calories: 190
Fat: 16 grams
Carbohydrates: 9 grams
Fiber: >1 gram
Protein: 3.5 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 5

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Comments

  1. Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    Thanks for being so honest with us - I know I've struggled with body image, as well! Never quite satisfied is the story of my life, but I try not to obsess and just be happy :) Great smoothie and I love that you used homemade PB. I'm sure that makes all the difference!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, August 7th, 2014
      Thank you Ashley! and it definitely does!
  2. Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    I struggled with similar issues when I was a teen. Thanks for sharing a smoothie that's both delicious and healthy!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, August 7th, 2014
      Of course!
  3. Posted by Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom on
    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    I have to be honest, I hear that same voice and it's always, just 10 pounds and I'd feel better, love myself more, look better, be more confident. I often have to tell those voices to shut up just as much as I have to put the scale away and tell it the same thing. The number won't dictate my happiness, Amen to that my friend!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, August 7th, 2014
      I know!! I wish it was easier for me, but I know I'll get there.
  4. Posted by Paula - bell'alimento on
    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    Bananas and Peanut Butter. Gimme a straw.
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, August 7th, 2014
      HA, right? Totally unbeatable, right?
  5. Posted by Martha@A Family Feast on
    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    Such a great flavor combination! Looks delicious!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, August 7th, 2014
      Thank you!
  6. Posted by Samantha on
    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    bananas and pb - classic combo!
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, August 7th, 2014
      Right?
  7. Posted by The Food Hunter on
    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    kudos to you
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, August 7th, 2014
      Thanks :)
  8. Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    I think I should make this for my Mom. She loves smoothies and bananas.
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, August 7th, 2014
      You should! My husband absolutely loved it.
  9. Posted by Nutmeg Nanny on
    Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
    Homemade honey roasted peanut butter....gah! Yes! Also, your beautiful no matter what :)
    • Posted by cgallam10 on
      Thursday, August 7th, 2014
      Thank you <3 you are the BEST
  10. Thursday, August 7th, 2014
    You look awesome! Be proud! and this smoothie is just great. Thanks!
  11. Posted by Marjory @ Dinner-Mom on
    Thursday, August 7th, 2014
    I share your struggles as so many do! Thanks for sharing the protein-packed smoothie!
  12. Thursday, August 7th, 2014
    This smoothie looks delicious! Great for post-workout!
  13. Posted by Meseidy on
    Thursday, August 7th, 2014
    PB and bananas is one of my favorite combos! Love this!