I’ve never been a huge peanut butter consumer, especially once I started eating paleo back in 2008. Peanuts are botanically classified as a legume and not a true nut like almonds or walnuts. This means that peanuts are “technically” forbidden on the paleo diet. That being said, there are plenty of people who tolerate legumes well or need to use them as a protein source because they are vegan or vegetarian.
I personally tolerate peanuts in small amounts and during our recent heat wave, I felt like a peanut butter smoothie sounded super delicious. I also wanted to include lots of other nutrients to help me recover from childbirth (Baby Boy has arrived!) so I loaded up with some hormonal support using maca powder and the tissue building booster of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides which are great for helping my build my digestive system, joints, and tissues.
I classified this smoothie as a milkshake because of 1. It’s sweet. 2. It’s calorie dense. Both of which are okay by me since I’m on a never-ending breastfeeding schedule which leaves me hungry every 2 hours. Bring on the Kcals! This meal of a drink would also be great for anyone training really heavily. Lots of recovery help with the superfoods and the protein/carbohydrate combo. I wish I could make a huge batch for all the athletes at the Crossfit Games right now. They must be pretty hungry too.
Peanut Maca Protein Milkshake
1 1/2 frozen bananas
2 Tbsp. organic peanut butter (sub almond butter, sunbutter, or hazelnut butter for strict paleo)
2-3 dates (pitted)
1 c. almond milk
1/2 c. ice
1 scoop plain egg white protein powder
2 Tbsp. collagen peptides
1/2 tsp. maca powder
splash of vanilla extract
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
- toss in your favorite blender and BLEND!
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