Drink Your PB&J…

Okay, okay, I know that sounds a little nasty.  But it got your attention, right?  Good.  So now that you’re on board, let’s go forth.

One of the quickest, cheapest, and most popular snacks is the classic peanut butter and jelly.  I mean, what’s not to love about shelling out a few bucks for a loaf of bread, a jar of crunchy peanut butter, and some jam and having lunch and dinner taken care of for the next five days?  And, depending on the quality of your raw ingredients, you could almost convince yourself that this is, indeed, a healthy option.

I hate to burst your bubble, but it’s really not so.

There is, however, hope.  I’m not going to sit here and thrash on the humble sandwich…it’s much too beloved, and I don’t want hate mail.  I am, however, going to offer an option:

The smoothie.

Now, before you recoil in horror, this doesn’t involve bread going into the blender or anything weird like that.  Just a few simple ingredients that, like the chocolate cake batter smoothie recipe a few months ago, equate as a whole to a taste remarkably similar to the namesake.

Plus, this drinkable delight contains strawberries, which have a whole lot going for them in the nutritional department. They contain, of course, antioxidants, which you already know are good for you if you’ve been following my other posts. They also contain a boatload of vitamin C, which–besides boosting your immune system–does all kinds of cool stuff like preventing cataracts and reducing inflammation. It also acts as a cancer preventative, and helps to build collagen, which in turn helps prevent wrinkles by keeping up your skin’s natural elasticity. As an added bonus, it helps regulate your blood pressure. They also taste damned good.

And, because we’re always looking for things that build our muscles and keep us feeling full, the nut butter in this drink contains a healthy dose of protein to put off hunger cravings and assist in muscle repair after physical activity.

So, belly up…and pour yourself a pb&j.

PB&J Smoothie

6 oz. low-fat strawberry Greek yogurt
1 c. fresh or frozen strawberries
2 T. peanut butter (or other nut butter, if you prefer)
8 oz. milk of your choice (soy, almond, etc)
(if you are using fresh strawberries, throw in a few ice cubes)

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