Justin and I recently got in the habit of going to the gym first thing in the morning (after a quick does of pre-workout and some simple carbs, like a banana 0r something I baked) and then stopping at my apartment on the way back to his place for breakfast smoothie bowls (because I’ve got all the good stuff for smoothies). However, this routine will probably change slightly now because I just moved further away from the gym than him…and I won’t be spending every single weekend at his place since his job training in Greensboro is nearly over. This peanut butter and jelly smoothie flavor was actually his idea. And a really good one at that because it’s such a comforting combination – likely because it reminds me of childhood. I swear this smoothie bowl brought some nostalgia out in me.
I always ask for Justin’s input on things like what flavors he’s in the mood for. And other times he will just provide me some feedback on things I’ve made for him like for example “This would be really good with ____ in it too”. Something along those lines. He’s pretty good with food! It’s just one of the many reasons we get along so well.
I can’t tell you how long it’s been since I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. They’re really not the most nutritional of meals (or filling) but I ate PB&J nearly every single day for lunch in middle school and high school. And it would always be white bread, JIF peanut butter, and Smucker’s grape jelly. I’m not sure how I wasn’t a fat kid because this meal was usually accompanied by a couple little Debbie snacks too. But damn was it satisfying.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie Bowl
- 1.5 cups berries fresh or frozen
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder
- 2 tbsp natural peanut butter*
- 1/4 cup almond milk unsweetened
- Topping suggestions: peanuts, strawberry slices, chocolate chips, oats or granola, chia seeds
Place all ingredients in blender and mix until smooth and creamy! To make bowls the smoothie is usually on the thick side so you might have to scrape it down a couple times.
Pour into a bowl and place your toppings on. Stir them up and eat!
*Other options than adding peanut butter:
- protein powder + 2 tbsp PB2 (peanut flour) = less fat
- Peanut butter flavored protein powder
- If you can't eat peanuts (paleo or alergic), make it an almond butter and jelly smoothie bowl!
(but it's best with the real peanut butter!!)