Powder Power Smoothie & Yoga/Abs Workout

Dessert is for breakfast today as this smoothie features food’s sexiest couple – peanut butter and chocolate.  I’ve raved about the Vitacost Slim Powdered Peanut Butter before, but chocolate has it’s own healthy powder version in the form of raw cacao powder.  Add in some bananas, almonds and of course some dark chocolate almond milk and you have a breakfast smoothie fit for dessert.  I also threw in a handful of spinach just because HEALTH.

Smoothie Powder Power

 1 Frozen, Sliced Banana

2 Tablespoons Vitacost Slim Powdered Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Raw Cacao Powder

1/4 Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Handful Raw Almonds

1 Handful Spinach

1 Cup Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

FOOD KEY

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

– Cacao: protein, copper, potassium, vitamin B12, fiber and iron (STACKED!!)

– Oats: fiber and protein

– Raw Almonds: magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, copper, niacin and zinc (STACKED!!)

– Spinach: vitamins A, B1,2,3 &6, C, E & K, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, calcium, potassium, fiber, phosphorous, zinc, protein and selenium (SUPER STACKED!!)

For today’s workout I combined a 12 minute morning Yoga Practice from Sean Vigue and an 8 Minute Ab Workout from Fitness Blender.  Get to work.

1) Morning Yoga 

2) Eight Minute Abs

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Slim PB & J Chocolate Smoothie

While Mrs. Smoothie Operator was re-upping on vitamins and snacks on Vitacost.com, she came across an item that she thought I would love…PEANUT BUTTER SLIM Powdered Peanut Butter!  I generally subscribe to the idea that anything “lite” or “diet” tastes gross, or is just loaded with artificial sweeteners or other crap that  lowers the calorie intake but is otherwise awful for you.  Still, I had to see for myself.  I checked the ingredients, and there is nothing in it but roasted peanuts, a little salt (90 mg/serving) and a pinch of sugar (1g/serving).  I was super-psyched to try it with some of peanut butter’s best friends (bananas, berries and CHOCOLATE!!!).  Unsurprisingly, results were fantastic.  Check it out!

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 2 Tablespoons Peanut Butter Slim Powdered Peanut Butter

1 Tablespoon Sun Dried Goji Berries

1/4 Cup Organic Blueberries

Handful Raw Brazil Nuts

1 Sliced Banana

1 Cup Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

Food Key

– Powdered Peanut Butter: protein, fiber and potassium

– Goji Berries: amino acids, fiber, vitamin C, iron, calcium, zinc and selenium (STACKED!!)

– Brazil Nuts: magnesium, potassium and zinc

– Blueberries: vitamins K & C, manganese, fiber and copper

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

Here’s a side by side nutritional fact comparison of Vitacost Powdered Peanut Butter and Trader Joe’s Unsalted Peanut Butter.  

PB Comparison

 Thanks again Mrs. Smoothie Operator!!

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time Oatmeal Smoothie

I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches.  I make oatmeal smoothies on the regular.  This was meant to happen.

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1 Cup Frozen Blueberries

1 Frozen, Sliced Banana

1 Tablespoon Organic Peanut Butter

1 Scoop Soy-Free Vegetable Protein Powder

1/2 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Cup Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

Food Key

– Blueberries: vitamins K & C, manganese, fiber and copper

– Bananas: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Peanut Butter: protein, potassium, fiber, vitamins E & B6, and magnesium

– Oats: fiber and protein

PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME!!!

CHOCOLATE Lover’s Protein Shake

Here’s a post-workout smoothie that might as well be a dessert because it’s so ridiculously delicious.  It’s kinda like Chunky Monkey Ice Cream, except drinking this smoothie won’t turn you into a Chunky Lardass.  Enjoy!

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1 Banana

2 Tablespoons Raw Cacao Nibs

1 Scoop Soy Free Vegetable Protein

1/4 Cup Steel Cut Organic Oats

1 Tablespoon Sunflower Seed Butter

1 & 1/2 Cups Dark Chocolate Almond Milk

Food Key

– Banana: vitamin B6 and potassium

– Oats: fiber and protein

– Cacao: protein, copper, potassium, vitamin B12, fiber and iron (STACKED!!)

– Sunflower Seed Butter: vitamin E and iron