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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
We learn our best lessons when we try for the “impossible,” wouldn’t you say?
Banana Smoothie (with Homemade Peanut Butter)
Serves about 2. Slightly adapted from Delightfully Made.
Prep time: >5 minutes
- 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
- 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:
Fat: 17 grams
Carbohydrates: 55 grams
Fiber: 9.5 grams
Protein: 28 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 11
Homemade honey roasted peanut butter
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
- 2 cups roasted, lightly salted peanuts
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/2 – 2 teaspoons peanut oil*
- 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):
Fat: 16 grams
Carbohydrates: 9 grams
Fiber: >1 gram
Protein: 3.5 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 5