Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothies

by Cate on July 29, 2010

Good to the Last Drop

First, a disclaimer.  I am terrible at taking drink pictures.  Just.can’t.do.it. It’s something I totally need to work on.  I know that, and I’m sorry.

But that isn’t going to stop me from telling you about this smoothie.  How can I not?  We have a smoothie daily in our house, all part of our clean eating regime.  That’s definitely often enough to share with Sweetnicks’ readers.  And this particular one, this Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, is our go-to smoothie of choice.  Like a good four days a week.  That kind of go-to.  

And when you taste it, you’ll understand why.

We usually have our smoothies as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.  It’s a great way to tide you over until your next meal.  You know … when those slumps hit and you need a quick, little pick-me-up and your mind starts to wander and you start digging around your desk drawer to see what snacks you have available.  Or you amble over to the vending machine.  Instead, have this.

As an aside, and while I’m thinking of it, smoothies are a good way to use up overly ripe bananas.  But a tip about that first…  When you have a too-ripe-to-eat banana, peel it, and then freeze it.  It’s a pain in the arse to peel a frozen banana.  We usually cut them in half before freezing (since that’s what the recipe calls for), pop them into a sealed container, and freeze it that way.  Or, if it’s not too mushy, we’ll slice it up and then freeze it.  Then, when you make smoothies, you have your collection of frozen bananas at the ready.

Project 365
July 29, 2010, Photo #136

Me

This is the face of someone who turns 40 the day after tomorrow.  Bring it on – see ya on the other side!

Next week, we’ll talk about a new cupcake shop, a salad dressing recipe from Jamie Oliver, and thoughts on turning the big 4-0.  Have an awesome weekend everyone!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Recipe courtesy of Cate and Jamie

1 cup skim milk
1/2 banana (frozen)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (we use GNC brand)
1 teaspoon of fiber powder
1-1/2 cups of ice

Mix ‘er all up!  This makes two generously sized smoothies.  When I halve the recipe, I keep the banana the same quantity.

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Claire July 29, 2010 at 11:40 pm

I keep saying I’m going to make smoothies and never do…they are just so good! And happy early birthday! I hope you have a fantastic weekend.

PS – Is this the first time you’ve put a picture of you on the blog? I haven’t seen one before. Cute pic! Now I see where Maddie gets her big brown eyes!!!

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Cate July 29, 2010 at 11:46 pm

Thanks, Claire. I think there have been two other pictures of me posted this year. Yeah, Madeline is totally me. Every now and again, I catch a glimmer of me in Nick, but he’s way more The Ex than me. One out of two ain’t bad. ;)

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Casey July 30, 2010 at 12:13 am

OK, I’m freaking out, Cate. I’ve had this picture in my head of who you are……you had a Martha Stewart haircut, first of all…..and you were blonde. Totally wrong!

You are darling. I’m glad you revealed your cute self. 40? You look like a teenager and I’m not at all just saying that. Bring it on!

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Joanne July 30, 2010 at 6:19 am

Um Cate. You look not a day over thirty. I’m serious. Gorgeous. If you ever want to go try to pick up some guys with me in NYC…I’m just a hop, skip, and a jump away!

Chocolate PB banana smoothies sound like a dream! The perfect snack for sure. Much better than me just sticking a spoon in a jar of peanut butter…

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Kris #40 July 30, 2010 at 8:33 am

You look awesome girl! What a great smile smile too!

Smoothie looks great! Will have to hunt down some chocolate protein powder and I don’t think I’ve ever heard of fiber powder so I’ll have to get the 411 on that.

For a while I was on a Mango Lassie kick. Skim milk, vanilla yogurt, mango, a little splenda and ice – mmmm!

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jen July 30, 2010 at 8:42 am

You don’t look a day over 25! I was wondering who that was! Happy Birthday!

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Patsy July 30, 2010 at 10:37 am

Love smoothies! Oh, and 40 isn’t too bad… come on over to the other side! :) I’ve been celebrating my 40th since May – and my actual birthday was in June. Nothing like bringing it in with a bang! :)

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Shannon July 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm

40?? no way :) gorgeous! hope you have a fabulous day!!

definitely a winning smoothie :)

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Maris July 30, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Happy almost Birthday!

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Ramona July 30, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Happy Birthday! Since I don’t computer on the weekends, I want to be sure to say it now.

Have a GREAT weekend.

The smoothie sounds very good. Maddie does have your eyes!

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Eliana July 30, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Happy early birthday. You don’t look a day over 30. And don’t beat yourself up over drink pics. They are def harder to take but I can still see this one is delicious.

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Merry120 July 31, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Happy Birthday! You look amazing & I agree with everyone else that you don’t look a day over 30! I was happy to see a pic of you b/c I have wondered what you look like. I like to have a pic in my head of who is “talking” to me on the blog. I was away so I have been catching up on your posts. I read the “photo week in review” one & thought “I really wish she would post a pic of herself one day”. Then I clicked on two more posts and voila…there you were. Love your blog as always!

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Ali July 31, 2010 at 3:23 pm

happy birthday cate! :)

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Melissa August 1, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Welcome to the otherside. I crossed over last November.

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Farmgirl Susan August 5, 2010 at 11:03 am

You’re so cute!! What a great photo. Happy Birthday! xoxo

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Ana August 11, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Happy Birthday!! I agree with the others, you don’t look 40 at all!
Ana

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