Living right across the street from a state-of-the-art gym has increased my workout regularity, so, I’ve been on the lookout for good “recovery” foods. Normally my recovery habits include chocolate and bread. My much more workout savvy husband finally convinced me those weren’t the best foods to replenish the nutrients I loose running and such. Foiled. He suggested an electrolyte drink like Accelerade (gag!) and/or starchy fruit.
Since I despise Accelerade, I compromised and settled on a meal replacement shake mix. I’m cheap, thus, given the option between Slim Fast and generic, I went with generic. Not a bad choice if I do say so myself. The French Vanilla (Kroger) variety tastes exactly like cake batter! I had been mixing it with almond milk, which was quite satisfying, but had a banana lying around and decided I might get “recovery” brownie points if I included a fruit in my shake. Plus, I just purchased a food processor and wanted to give it a whirl…
I’m not normally a pureed banana fan. In fact, it’s only been in the last few years that I would classify myself as a banana fan at all. Something about a malleable, potentially mushy, substance was always off-putting to me. (What’s with me and my weird food texture aversions? Refer to carrot confession…) With the help of copious amounts of peanut butter, I began to build a tolerance, then a liking, for the ubiquitous yellow fruit.
After my 4+ mile jog along the Centennial Trail yesterday evening, I broke out the Cuisinart and downed the results. Three ingredients and a minute of prep yielded a frothy, stick to the side of the cup concoction that I would be happy to recover with anytime. It tastes like a banana cream pie in smoothie form. All for 250 calories. Score!
Banana Cream Smoothie
1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk (I used Almond Breeze)
1 medium (6″-7″) banana
1 scoop vanilla shake mix (French Vanilla Kroger brand or Slim Fast)
Peel banana and place in blender or food processor. Add almond milk and shake mix. Blend until smooth. Pour into glass (chilled would be lovely) and enjoy!
Yield: 1 smoothie, 250 calories
Adding a tablespoon of peanut butter to this smoothie would be utterly delicious. Regular peanut butter would make the smoothie 345 calories, Better N’ Peanut Butter would make it 300.