Thirsty Throwback Thursday is in full swing over at The Food Athlete! Today is a throwback to another childhood fave snack. PB & J. Actually, this was going to be the name of my nutrition business before I came up with The Food Athlete. Peanut Butter & Jessi. Cute but it may have pigeon-holed me. 

It's not a secret that I'm a smoothie junkie. It's also not a news flash that I love re inventing treats I used to eat when I was a kid. Rice Krispie Treats, my version here. Rice Pudding, Jessi's way here. So why not the beloved Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich? The flavor is what we love right? Sweet and tart jam with that creamy, nutty butter, it's quite fantastical! Smoothies (as I have talked about in the past at The Food Athlete here,) are a smart and practical way to get a lot done in a short amount of time. What I mean by that is they can pack a punch in the nutrient department. Nuts provide protein and healthy fats. Fruits supply your body with a variety of powerful antioxidants and disease fighting properties.  Cherries help reduce inflammation. Strawberries are high in Vitamin C. It's a win, win, win! I do love toast with PB and Jelly too, and I'm a girl who believes I can and will have it all. I found this whole wheat sourdough at a farmers market and couldn't resist. I don't indulge in bread often, so I keep it in the freezer. Fermented bread is so good for your gut, so I gets me a hall pass when I eat it. Like I always say, "carbs are your friend, don't be scared."  I also happen to like my preserves fresh which I realize is an oxymoron but that's how I roll. So I spread fresh ground peanut butter on toast because the purest state of being is how I most enjoy my food. Top with crushed raspberries, yep, just mash those red beauties in a bowl or right on the nut butter. No added sugar or weird ingredients you can't pronounce, just raw love & goodness.

For the Smoothie: PB & J

1 1/2 C. Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk ( or whatever you prefer, Hemp, Soy, Cow)

1 C. Frozen Cherries & Strawberries

1/4- 1/2  Frozen Pomegranate (keeping it seasonal and holiday)

Handful Fresh Raspberries (leftover after I mashed it up for the jam on toast)

1/4 Frozen Banana (makes it creamier)

1 Tbs. Peanut Butter (fresh ground)

1/2 Tsp Chia (I love chia, it's an excellent super food, fiber, repair, post workout)

This is more on the tart side, so if you prefer sweeter I suggest adding a couple dates or a drizzle of honey. 

Blend and add more frozen, like ice or liquid to make the consistency you like. Once you're a smoothie pro like me, you will nail it on the first try.

Happy Thirsty Throwback Thursday Athletes!  Do you have a favorite smoothie concoction you want to share with me? #thefoodathlete 

Be Happy, Be Healthy, Love Your Body,

xo Jessi (Your Food Athlete) xo

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