Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Smoothie

This chocolate-peanut butter smoothie doesn't have to be dessert; it can be a quick and energizing breakfast as well. I made it in no time flat tonight, and it was delicious! Despite sounding rich and fattening, it is more nutritious than not, especially if you follow the directions to use unsweetened cocoa powder and low-fat or nonfat yogurt. Our peanut butter does not have any added sugars, so that is an added bonus: protein and flavor with less sugar. Yogurt has active cultures that keep the intestinal tract healthy, and the calcium can help maintain a trim waistline. Despite what our skinny culture tells us, everyone needs fats, and these ingredients provide some healthy fats.

Ripe banana, 1
Milk, 1/2 cup
Creamy peanut butter, 1 1/2 TBS
Unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 1/2 TBS
Vanilla low-fat or nonfat yogurt, 1 cup

Peel and break banana into chunks.
In a blender, combine banana, milk, peanut butter, and cocoa. Process until mixture is smooth.
Add yogurt and process until mixture is thoroughly blended.
Pour smoothie into 2 tall glasses and serve at once.

Calories:260 Carbs:34 g
Protein:12 g Fat:10 g
Cholesterol:10 g Fiber:4 g
Sodium:160 g

From the book Eat Well