#32 Complete: Discovered a Healthy Peanut Butter Shake

Resolution: Try a New Delicious Recipe

As we tumble along this journey of trying to eat well, lower carbs and cut calories, it’s pretty freaking heard to find food that’s low in calories that isn’t made up of a billion artificial sweeteners. In fact, if you have any good ones, definitely let us know in the comments!

So we donated our extra books to charity a while ago but hung onto a few that were meant for a couple of chubbos like us who want to eat better and lose weight. One of those books was the Eat Great, Lose Weight. I like it because it has a lot of pictures, and that’s sort of important when determining what you want to eat.

In any case, we’ve been rifling through the pages lately and I came across the Peanut Butter and Banana Shake, by Linda Quinonez of Burbank, Ca. Here’s the recipe, which I thought was pretty awesome as a liquid breakfast because the yogurt and peanut butter really do fill you up.

It’s about 350-400 calories depending on which brand of ingredients you choose. Mine came out to 399 calories, so I’ll let you know what I used. And yes I could have used fat-free yogurt, but our local market doesn’t carry it. You might think that 399 calories is pretty high for breakfast (I do), but not compared to the other breakfast options out there. Granola has something like 200 calories per 1/4 cup. Insane. So, this is pretty great and it actually makes you full which is important.

Anyway, here’s what you’ll want to blend together:

  • 1 cup of yogurt ( we used Stonyfield Farms Low-Fat French Vanilla)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (we used Peanut Butter & Co. Bees Knees)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

You might be tempted to skip on the extract, honey and cinnamon, but there’s simply not enough peanut butter in this shake to remove those ingredients, otherwise I think the yogurt would take over.

In any case, I know it wasn’t a chicken dinner or anything, but this is the recipe we tried, and probably the best low-calorie one I’ve found so far.