Chocolate, PB, and Banana Smoothie {healthy, high protein, low calorie}

Chocolate, PB and Banana Smoothie

In an effort to get a jump start on my annual New Years Day resolution to eat healthier and lose weight, I discovered the best protein shake ever. Heck, it's a great shake - period. In fact, I hesitate to even tell you that this is a "protein shake" because most of the protein shakes I've tried usually have that funny aftertaste that always gives it away. You know, the kind you have to make yourself drink because it's good for you?

Well, enter this sinfully delicious and creamy masterpiece of a smoothie to the rescue! It's breakfast...it's dessert...it's healthy and low cal! How can a smoothie with chocolate, peanut butter and a banana be low calorie, you say? Well, I'll show you...

The "magic" ingredients to the best protein shake ever!!!!

Below is the nutritional data for everything but the banana which is approximately 105 calories for one that is medium size.

The big savings on calories and fat comes from the PB2 (45 calories vs the usual 200). There's also considerable savings using unsweetened almond milk vs. regular milk. And the Bluebonnet Whey Protein Powder has excellent stats as well, not to mention GREAT natural chocolate flavor. Lastly, I highly recommend Nancy's Organic Plain Nonfat Yogurt vs. other similar brands. Nancy's has considerable flavor (tart), whereas other brands lose their flavor when they lose the fat. {Update:  When I can't find Nancy's, I use Chobani's 0% Plain Greek Yogurt and am very happy with the substitution. I especially love Greek yogurt for it's amazing texture and very high protein content.}

So the following recipe will yield around 24 ounces (this is a HUGE and very filling drink) at approximately 343 calories, 38 grams protein, 3 grams fat, 25 grams of sugar (24 grams of the 25 coming from naturally-occurring sugars in the yogurt and banana). Feel free to halve the recipe if you like, however I prefer to have this as a meal replacement and I love getting the full 38 grams of protein in.

Chocolate, PB, and Banana Smoothie

Serves 1 (very large drink, approximately 24 ounces)

Approximately 343 calories and 38 grams of protein

2 Tablespoons PB2
1 medium-sized ripe banana
5-6 cubes of ice

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Next, enjoy drinking the most delicious guilt-free, chocolatey, peanut buttery, banana smoothie!!!

I have one almost every day and it fills me up for hours!