Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie
Yields 1 large serving
- 1 large banana, ripe
- 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt (greek for extra protein)
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter (creamy style)
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- 3/4 cup to 1 cup unsweetened soy milk, almond or coconut milk (regular milk will also work)
optional: add a teaspoon of cinnamon, honey to taste
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. This is a great way to use banana’s that might be just a little over ripe.
Health Benefits: Peanut butter is a great source of protein. If you choose to add cinnamon it’s good to know that some studies show cinnamon improve the body’s ability to utilize blood sugar and that just by smelling the wonderful odor of this sweet spice boosts brain activity! Cinnamon has also been valued in energy-based medical systems, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, for its warming qualities. In these traditions, cinnamon has been used to provide relief when faced with the onset of a cold or flu, especially when mixed in a tea with some fresh ginger.