It’s 2pm and I want to eat. EVERY day! I’m a stay at home mom, and that chunk of the day after naps and before dinner has my reaching for the pantry every single day. I was realizing that I was grabbing easy, unhealthy snacks every day (crackers, sugary granola bars, salsa and chips). My scale was the proof. I had to get my snacking under control. So I did two things. I started writing down everything I ate and I started making smoothies in the afternoons. It has made a huge difference!
I have shared a few food posts and smoothie recipes before, but this is a current favorite. It is peanut-buttery and it curbs my cravings for a few hours so I can get through the afternoon and make dinner without snacking on everything in sight.
A few notes about smoothies:
- Get a good blender. I am a loyal Nutribullet fan and my husband is a loyal Vitamix fan. I know, we should go to counseling. The Nutribullet is perfect for single servings. Sometimes I use the Vitamix if I know I’ll be sharing it with my preschooler.
- Always put a few handfuls of greens in there to balance the fruits.
- If you use peanut butter (which this recipe does), start to change your habits and go for organic peanut butter. It’s a hard change and I resisted for a long time. But there is just so much sugar in your regular Jif and Skippy. Now, even my kids like the organic stuff.
- Be brave! Throw some new things in there! Have apples laying around? Put them in! My husband goes crazy and throws all sorts of veggies in his smoothies- carrots, garlic, avocados. He’s a nut, but he gets all his veggies packed into one big smoothie!
Here’s my current fave:
**All measurements are approximate! Sorry, if you’re looking for precision, you won’t find it here!
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 big handfuls of greens (spinach, kale, whatever)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (really, it’s one big knife-ful from the jar)