This is just a simple recipe I tried myself and wanted to share. Trying to eat right can be a challenge sometimes but this is fairly easy to make, takes about five minutes, and is great for breakfast. It’s not what you would call “healthy”, but it’s a great energy booster with potassium first thing in the morning when you can burn the calories off later. Here’s a list of what you’ll need.
1 – Blender
2 – Coffee(cold) or milk
3 – Strawberry yogurt
4 -1 Banana
5- Peanut butter
6 – Ice
Being the only one who drinks shakes in our house, this recipe is for one serving up to 14 oz. If you have a regular/large blender, you can still use this recipe or double it if others in your house would like to try it.
First, add about 8 oz. of cold coffee. I usually take left over coffee and put it in the fridge over night so it’s chilled in the morning, and it still taste “strong” as when it’s first made the day before. If you’re not a coffee drinker though, you can substitute with milk. A good in between for either choice though is to use half water and half of either beverage (coffee/milk). Adding the water will help dilute the consistency and create more of a drink then a shake, what ever your preference may be.
Once you’ve added the drink of your choice, add 1 regular serving of strawberry yogurt. Another tip here though is to NOT use a generic brand yogurt. I tried this recently after using mostly Dannon or Yoplait yogurt before… the taste was definitely generic and got what I payed for.
Next, use one large banana, but only use about 3/4 of it. Using the entire banana seems to drown out the strawberry flavor, and for some reason, 3/4 makes the two fruit flavors “balance out” in the shake. It took a few tries to figure this out, but taste perfectly sweet.
After you’ve added the two fruits, add about 1 Tbsp. of peanut butter (or you can leave it out). I’ve tried this shake both with and without the peanut better and both tastes yum. Either way is great and peanut butter actually contains some of the “good” fats that we try to watch for.
Last, add about five ice cubes. I’m not sure about the science behind this, but when ever you add the ice cubes, it adds foam like you get at the top of your coffee from Starbucks and seems a little more creamy. Without the ice cubes, it seems thin like a regular drink.
That’s it. After you’ve added all the ingredients, turn your blender on high for about a minute. I personally like to have little chunks of ice in my drink, so I blend for about twenty seconds, stop for ten, then blend again for twenty seconds. That adds up to fifty seconds. If you don’t want the chunks at all, just blend for about a minute straight. If you have a single serving blender with a lid that you can drink directly out of, make sure the spout is closed before turning it on unless you don’t mind cleaning off the counters when you’re done.
As far as calories, the number can vary depending on what you do and don’t add, but can range anywhere from 3-400 calories. That may seem like a lot for a drink, but if you drink it before a meal, it’s filling and it will take less food to fill you up. That in turn may actually help cut your calories if you’re counting. Even if you’re not, it taste great and it’s definitely worth trying something different that taste good with an energy boost.