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My husband bought me a smoothie maker for Christmas.
We have a sacred rule that neither of us buys each other appliances, or other un-fun presents. But we decided that the smoothie maker is different. It’s for me to make smoothies for myself and no one else. And I like smoothies, and I do enjoy making them (pulverizing stuff is fun!). So he gets a pass on this one, and I’m now happily puttering about the kitchen, having one long Smoothie Party #alldayeveryday.
Smoothies are also a huge part of our winter diet. It’s cold and snowy here and fresh fruits and veggies get kind of sad and sorry-looking, and yet more expensive at the same time. So we turn to more frozen fruits and vegetables and toss them into smoothies for breakfasts and snacks. My new little smoothie maker is going to get quite a workout, I think.
This one was good. It’s chock-full of protein, with peanut butter and Greek yogurt. It’s got some chocolate chips in it, so I won’t argue that it’s as healthy as, say, a Kale Wheatgrass Smoothie. But it doesn’t have a ton, and as a substitute for dessert, or a breakfast to kick-start you in the morning, I think it’s a perfectly respectable option. I used a banana I’d tossed in the freezer because it was getting spots, but you can use fresh if you have that on-hand instead.
- 1 banana
- 1/2 c peanut butter
- 1/2 c Greek yogurt
- 1 c milk
- 1 c crushed ice
- 1 c semisweet chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients in a blender (or smoothie maker, if you happen to possess such a thing) and pulse until smooth. Makes two large (12 oz) glasses, or enough for five smaller servings.
Do you have trouble getting good fruits and vegetables in the winter? How do you eat them?