Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Healthy Recipe: Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

Boston Red Sox Third Baseman Pablo Sandoval
Like a lot of guys, I’m trying to push back against Mother Nature’s insistence that I age. One of the more frustrating, albeit gradual, changes has been my slowing metabolism. Every year, it seems, it gets harder and harder to stay in shape. Yeah, I try to eat right. I exercise like a 20-year old. I use a push mower to cut my grass. I shovel snow from my driveway. Based solely on my activity level, I should look more like Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and less like Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

Vitamix 5200
So, I’ve upped my game a little and ratcheted up my diet focus. I refer to “diet,” not as “on a diet,” but rather focusing on good eating habits. Part of that includes all but cutting the carbohydrate “Big 4,” pasta, rice, bread, and potatoes. I also bought a Vitamix blender and have experimented with some new smoothies. What I call “The Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie” is my favorite.

The Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

8 ounces of milk (cow’s, soy, etc.)
1 serving (1.5 ounces/46 grams) of protein powder
2 tablespoons of PB2 (powdered peanut butter)
2 table spoons of powdered, unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of honey
2 cups of crushed ice

Starting with milk, add all ingredients in blender. For best results, start blender on low setting after milk is added and add powders. Then, add crushed ice. Blend until smooth.

Orgain Organic Protein
Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
The Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie is not only very filling, easily replacing a meal, but it is also high in protein and low in calories. Assuming the protein powder is plant-based, the smoothie contains 35 grams of protein and just 454 calories and 31 grams of carbohydrates. That’s not even the best part. It tastes just like a peanut butter cup.

Mike Trout

Who said eating healthy couldn’t also taste good? And, by replacing a meal or a snack with this smoothie every day, I just might start to have a few more things in common with Mike Trout.