Peanut butter, meet jelly. Jelly, meet peanut butter.
Wouldn’t it be nice if that’s how these perfect partners met? Some random encounter of two strangers introduced to each other by their mutual friend named sandwich bread. You don’t get used as an example of being perfect together without being REALLY perfect. Especially in the food world. Creamy, salty peanut butter combined with sweet, fruity blueberry jam. Yum! There’s only one problem with this iconic combo. That pesky third wheel named bread is always hanging around. Oh sure, bread is great at making these two besties mobile, and yes, the addition of their friend bread is great from a texture standpoint, but these days, many people would like to have bread, who happens to be loaded with evil gluten, just find a new set of friends. Go hang out with bologna, turkey, or ham.
I could go on and on about these two, but let’s get serious. Mom’s love giving their kids PB&J sandwiches because they’re easy, mobile and contain needed protein and fruit that kids need. However, we now know that processed sugar, which is found in abundance in jelly, is not good for you. O.k., so bread isn’t welcome, jelly now is bad because of sugar. Things aren’t looking good for these besties all of a sudden. But wait, what if they were used in a creamy delicious beverage like a smoothie? It could still be yummy, portable and good for our kids too. That’s right, the jelly still has sugar. However, if we told sugar to take a hike but told the fruit they could stay, we’d have a perfect combo again. Add a few more great influence friends like the seed brothers flax and chia. Some calcium rich milk and peanut butters old buddy banana, and you’ve got a pretty great gang that both moms and kids can appreciate.
This full flavored smoothie is super easy, delicious and guilt free. Not so happy about the new friend milk joining the group? No problem, I hear almond milk was looking for some new friends. Now we have two besties back in action with some great friends that mom doesn’t have to worry about. It’s a lot like our own little ones. If only they didn’t have to grow up so quickly. Well, I still enjoy having a PB& J sandwich once in awhile, and it makes me happy every time because it reminds me of my mom and being a kid again. I hope that someday our kids feel the same hapiness drinking their PB&J smoothie when they are older too. Enjoy and don’t forget to cook with love and live to cook.
Jim & Jena
Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
- 2 Frozen Bananas
- 1 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- 3/4 cup Peanut Butter
- 1 cup Blueberries
- 1 tbs Flax Seed
- 1 tbs Chi Seed
- 1 cup Ice
- 2 cups Milk
- Mix All ingredients together in a powerful blender.
- Serve immediately or freeze portions for on-the-go breakfast!