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Sweet Almond Butter Smoothie

Sweet Almond Butter Smoothie



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Almond butter goes great with everything, but have you ever tried pairing it with your favorite berry? Raspberries are...

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Almond butter goes great with everything, but have you ever tried pairing it with your favorite berry? Raspberries are sure to please!

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup milk
  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 Cup frozen raspberries

Directions

Combine the three ingredients in a blender or food processor with ice and blend or process until smoothie has reached desired texture. Pour and enjoy!

Nutritional Facts

Servings4

Calories Per Serving105

Folate equivalent (total)15µg4%

Riboflavin (B2)0.2mg11.3%


Almond Butter Smoothie

If you’re a PB&J lover, then this almond butter smoothie’s for you! It’s super creamy, sweet + nutty. It’s a smoothie for the whole family.

This almond butter smoothie takes a page right out of my childhood. It’s inspired by the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, yet taken for a healthy twist.

By adding plenty of protein and healthy fats, we’ve been able to boost this smoothie into a great meal replacement. This means you won’t gulp down these 16 ounces and be hungry 30 minutes later. You’ll be full until the next meal!


Life-changing Almond Butter Smoothie (Paleo-Friendly)

If there’s one thing that I could enjoy every single day for the rest of my life, it would be smoothies. There’s never a bad time to have a smoothie. They make for perfect breakfast replacements, refreshing drinks to help cool off on a hot day, and depending on what sort of ingredients you add to your smoothie, they can help to make for great weight-gaining drinks for anyone who is trying to add some mass. Today I wanted to share one of my favorite smoothie recipes that you can make with only a few simple ingredients. This delicious almond butter smoothie is a terrific choice to enjoy for any of the three reasons I described above, and once you try it, it might just become your new favorite smoothie.

The Perfect Blend of Ingredients

The first two things that you’ll need for this smoothie are a small frozen banana and half of a cup of frozen strawberries. These two fruits add a wonderful amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber to the smoothie. The strawberries in particular are an extremely potent source of helpful antioxidant flavonoids that serve to help lower your risk of developing several different types of chronic ailments, such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. (1)

Bananas are also a terrific choice to include, as studies have shown that despite their relatively high carb and sugar content, daily consumption of bananas has actually been shown to slightly improve overall blood sugar and lipid profiles in type 2 diabetes patients. (2)

Almond Milk or Coconut Milk are Great for Paleo Smoothies

The next ingredient you’ll be adding to this smoothie is one tablespoon of raw honey. This will help to sweeten the flavor of your smoothie while also offering an incredible amount of nutritional value as well. Honey is definitely a nutrient-dense superfood, as it is packed full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. (3) The recipe also calls for one cup of your choice of milk. I prefer to use this homemade almond milk recipe, as it goes perfectly with the almond butter included as well. The almond butter combined with almond milk both add even more vitamins and minerals to the smoothie. If you would prefer to use something else though, coconut milk is a perfectly viable choice as well.

The only other thing that you will need to make this smoothie is four ice cubes. Add all of the ingredients together into a blender and blend them until the mixture is nice and smooth. This recipe is now definitely one of my favorite smoothies to make. The ingredients used are all great choices to use in mass gaining smoothies, but if you’d like, you can also add a scoop of protein powder into the mix as well.


What Type of Protein Powder to Use:

I&rsquove never really been able to get on board with most protein powders, so almond butter and collagen powder is my protein source of choice when it comes to smoothies. Occasionally, I&rsquoll do some hemp powder. If you have a favorite protein powder, toss &lsquoer in!

How to Make This Smoothie Lower in Carbohydrate:

Looking for a lower sugar or lower carbohydrate smoothie? Simply replace the frozen banana with frozen cauliflower. I prefer using frozen cauliflower that was previously steamed, as I find cooked cauliflower is easier on my digestive system than raw. Be sure to sprinkle in some extra cinnamon, a touch of vanilla extract and/or cocoa powder for added flavor if you go with cauliflower.


Sweet Potato-Almond Butter Smoothie

Sweet potatoes got me through college. No joke. It was not uncommon for me to throw a whole raw, huge, sweet potato in my backpack before class for a quick microwave-magic lunch. This also happened 5 days a week one time (it was finals week though… so thats ok right?). Believe it or not. I am still not sick of sweet potatoes. They are amazing. ​

Sweet potatoes are loaded with complex carbs (those are good I promise), dietary fiber, vitamin B, and beta-carotene. They are extremely versatile – one of those special foods that can be eaten as a sweet or savory ingredient in dishes. And finally… the texture. I can’t get over the texture of sweet potatoes. They are so smooth and almost creamy- which makes them amazing in smoothies. Anyways, who says smoothies can only have fruit?

This smoothie is incredible. I can’t believe it has taken me 21 years to think of this. It is so rich, so full of color, and so full of flavor. The warm flavors from the cinnamon, almond butter, and nutmeg pair so perfectly with the sweet potato. It is naturally sweet, and you get a couple solid servings of veggies in this smoothie. Call me crazy, but I am obsessed with this dink.


  1. Use frozen fruit. this will help to keep the smoothie cold and thick. Sometimes ice doesn’t blend as well (or can make your smoothie watery), so it’s best not to skip unless absolutely necessary.
  2. Add more liquid. Don’t be afraid to add more liquid if your smoothie is too thick or won’t fully blend. High powered blenders tend to blend frozen ingredients much better, so if you have a regular or personal size blender, you may need to add more milk.
  3. Start low, go high. Start the blender on low speed, then gradually increase the speed to high to help blend all ingredients. End with the blender on low speed.


The Carb Cutter

Cutting carbs has never been easier with this smoothie. It only contains 24 grams of carbs, with 9 grams of fiber from the berries. Its superfood combination of spinach and chia seeds with the plant-based protein powder boost the muscle-regulating protein content of this drink to 29 grams. "I love this protein shake because it's loaded with nutrients but void of excess calories and sugar," Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, creator of this super-smoothie, says. "I recommend berries as they are high in fiber, low in calories, and loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants—and chia seeds add 'staying power' as they help keep you full and provide tons of omega-3 fatty acids." Shapiro also noted that the cinnamon in this smoothie helps regulate blood sugar levels, and almond milk should be used instead of regular milk because it has a lower calorie count.

INGREDIENTS


How to Make Your Smoothies Taste Better

If you’re using too many leafy greens, smoothies can end up tasting too bitter.

Sweet fruits like bananas, pineapples, mango can add lots of natural sweetness to your smoothies.

I especially like bananas and mango (fresh or frozen), they make almost every smoothie taste better.

Strawberries and oranges can also be a great choice for masking bitter flavors.

If you’re just starting with smoothies, you can add honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup to make smoothies taste like a dessert.

Once you’re more experienced, you can reduce the amount of sugar in your smoothies and add more leafy greens or other veggies.

The less sugar (honey, syrup, etc.), the more natural ingredients you’ll use, the healthier your smoothie will be.


Cherry Smoothie

A few months ago I shared this delicious Blueberry Smoothie. That smoothie has become one of my go-tos for a quick breakfast — it’s creamy, filling and flavorful. After finding frozen cherries on sale, I had to try them in place of blueberries in the smoothie.

From the first time I tried it, I was hooked! Since then, Cherry Smoothies have been on repeat in my house and I have no doubt it will become one of your new favorite smoothies as well.


Recipe: Raspberry and Almond Butter Smoothie

Can a smoothie keep you full until lunch? Yes, a smoothie can be hearty as well as wholesome, and this PB&J smoothie is one way to prove it.

Toast with nut butter and jam is a classic at breakfast time. It’s quick and easy, and the combination of rich and fresh flavors with some grains is satiating. Taking that tart and creamy combination to the blender — with a few extra satisfying add-ins — makes for an extra-powerful breakfast that still has all of those familiar and comforting flavors.

Build a Better Smoothie Base

Our base here is rolled oats and … wait for it … frozen zucchini! The oats and zucchini together, once blended, make such a creamy, thick, and frothy base. After you try this, you might just start adding frozen zucchini to all of your smoothies.

The raspberries and honey add so much tart-sweet flavor to this smoothie that we don’t need to turn to a frozen banana or something similar for additional natural sugar.

Freeze zucchini for your smoothies: To freeze this vegetable, roughly chop up whole zucchini in one-inch pieces and spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Freeze until solid, then transfer to a labeled freezer bag.

Flavorful Fats and Powerful Boosters

Roasted almond butter brings the delicious and healthy fat (and protein) to this smoothie party, which is necessary for staying full until your next meal. The nutty and rich flavor of the almond butter is enhanced by a sprinkle of warming cinnamon and some flax seeds, which also gives us some additional fiber and omega fats.

Final Touches

One final touch of fresh lemon zest and a tiny pinch of salt lifts the flavor of the smoothie up and brings out the natural sweetness of the raspberries. These additions may seem insignificant, but they really do bring the drink together. Drink this one up right after you blend it because flax and oats, once ground up, have a tendency to thicken any liquid that they’re added to. Down the hatch!

Hearty Smoothies

This week we’re teaming up with Laura Wright of The First Mess to flip the notion that a smoothie can’t fill you up. All week long we’re sharing wholesome and hearty smoothies designed with your satisfaction in mind. To see the principles that informed these recipes, check out 4 Steps for Building a Better Smoothie, According to a Nutritionist.


It’s one of the most important parts of my day and it’s so delicious it really does help me get out of bed in the morning.

Loaded with almond butter, fresh spinach, a few pieces of frozen pineapple and some vanilla almond milk, it’s not only delicious, but it will also keep you going until your next meal!