I don’t know about you, but I’ve always had this unwavering love for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Maybe it’s because I remember how my grandma used to slice them into quarters and cut off the crust for me, or maybe I think longingly about eating them on the boat at the cabin, accompanied by a family-size bag of wavy Lays and Top the Tater… Either way, I can find a way to turn pretty much any meal into a variant of the beloved PB & J sandwich.
After exercising, you need both protein and complex carbs to help rebuild muscle and replenish energy. Smoothies are refreshing after a tough, sweaty workout, and they make a great post-workout meal when filled with the right nutrients. Smoothie bowls, essentially thicker, trendier, and more glorified smoothies with toppings, have become even more of the rave lately.
Luckily, two worlds collide when you make this delicious, nutritious smoothie bowl! Peanut butter is packed with protein for muscle repair, and berries give the smoothie a natural sweetness, so no added sugar is necessary. Add in some Greek yogurt for extra creaminess and protein, plus chia and flax seeds for healthy fats, and WHABOOM – I can practically taste the nostalgia.
What you’ll need:
1 cup skim milk (or unsweetened non-dairy alternative – I used cashew milk)
1 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 cup frozen mixed berries (this bag from Target has no added sugars or syrups!)
2 tbsp natural peanut butter (Smucker’s Natural Creamy is my FAVE)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp flax seed meal
1 cup ice cubes (about 10)
- Add all the ingredients to a large blender and mix until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides a couple times if the peanut butter or Greek yogurt get stuck.
- Pour into two bowls
- Top with KIND Peanut Butter Clusters granola and fresh berries
- Enjoy! (Slowly, as I learned the hard way this can induce a major brain freeze)
Note that this DOES make 2 servings, so feel free to halve the recipe if you’re eating solo. If you want to make this into a more sippable smoothie, leave out the ice cubes or only put in a few – they thicken the base, and the frozen fruit will make it cold enough. Now sit back, relax, and slurp away your childhood!