Smoothies to beat the afternoon snack craving!

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Always put a few handfuls of greens in there to balance the fruits.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)

Enjoy!

-Laura

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