This is a great grab your keys and go breakfast recipe that I got from Addie, a runner and southwest Missouri local, over at her TWISI xanga blog. I think this recipe is genius in its simplicity and clean, not-too-sweet flavor. The exact recipe (thank you, Addie!) is after the jump but how can you possibly go wrong with all natural peanut butter, soy (or skim) milk, and non-fat yogurt (milk or soy)? Isn't that pretty much the definition of healthy breakfast?
The counts for a large glass that easily filled me up are Calories: 205; Protein: 13; Carbs: 12; Fat: 10 (from the peanut butter); and Fiber: 3.5. For those on Weight Watchers...4 points.
Just for fun--how may local plugs can you see in the pic? I grabbled a plastic glass from the cabinet and threw my keys down for the pic, and then when I uploaded the photo, I couldn't help but laugh. Can you tell where I've been? Let's see... now you know the name of my gym, can see what my library card looks like, and you now know that I have, once upon a time, frequented the Buzzard Bar at Big Cedar Lodge, owned by Bass Pro. Speaking of Big Cedar, doesn't that sound like a fun weekend getaway now that it's getting warm? I love just walking around looking at all the flowers and watching the boats on the lake from the hillside.
A word about peanut butter. If you love your Peter Pan, Jif, or Skippy then immediately stick your fingers in your ears and run away from this next paragraph singing "LALALALALALA" at the top of your lungs because if you don't already know, what I'm about to tell you will gross you out to your socks. You know how all natural peanut butter is sort of sticky with oil sitting on the top that you have to stir in? Yeah. That's a GOOD thing. It means that the peanut butter has peanuts and salt. Before you buy your peanut butter thinking it's a healthy protein source, make sure the ingredients listed are ONLY peanuts (or cashews or almonds) and salt.
If you buy one of the traditional brands and happen to look on the ingredient list guess what you're going to find? The thing that makes your smooth peanut butter so smooth and creamy on the tongue is that it's mixed with shortening. Yep, next time you think about eating that Peter Pan, Jif, or Skippy, think about dipping up yourself a big O' heaping tablespoon of Crisco and licking it right off the spoon, or spreading that thick layer of Crisco over your bread and chowing down. YUUUM yum.
My personal favorite peanut butter is the local Hallam's in Ozark. Their peanut butter doesn't even have added salt, just peanuts. I also get a lot of my honey and sorghum from them. Addie recommends Smucker's All Natural. By using the all natural you give up a little of the smooth spreadability but you certainly make up for it by not clogging your arteries in one fell swoop with transfats!
Addie's Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
In a blender, mix until smooth:
1/2 cup vanilla soymilk or non-fat milk
1/2 cup non-fat yogurt
2 Tbsp all natural peanut butter
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp Splenda