When I was in college during the "fat-free = healthy" craze, I worked in a smoothie shop close to campus that sold "healthy" smoothies to students on their way too and from class. Business was booming. But even my 20 year old, late 90's self knew that a huge cup of fat-free frozen yogurt and fruit juice was far from healthy - they were basically glorified sugar bombs. It was a good education, though, because now I know what to look out for when I go to smoothie shops, and I've gotten pretty good at making them at home (sans fro-yo!).
This peanut butter smoothie tastes like a milk shake, but without the fro-yo or ice cream, and is a great after school snack or quick breakfast (especially for those kids that could use a few extra calories in their day). It will keep them going until lunch or dinner and school age kids can even learn to make it themselves with a little training!
K I D D U T I E S : (kids can do any or all)
Older kids can learn to make the whole thing!
Younger kids can help put ingredients into the blender, scoop the peanut butter and get the ice
I N G R E D I E N T S :
Half of one large frozen banana, without peel (I keep a stash in a ziplock in the freezer)
1 heaping tbsp all natural smooth peanut butter
1/3 cup whole milk
2 ice cubes
Optional sweetener such as a small squirt of chocolate syrup (our favorite), or a 1/2 tsp honey or maple syrup
I N S T R U C T I O N S :
Throw everything into your blender and blend until smooth (may require you to tip the blender and shake a bit while blending to be sure ice cubes and banana are thoroughly blended - it's a trick I learned from my smoothie shop days!).
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