Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

I've never been interested in juice cleanses and I was certainly never interested drinking one of my meals (minus the occasional night out with my girlfriends)...until I found this recipe. J & I discovered a beautiful park near our home that has some AMAZING hiking trails.  In the spirit of not being so lazy, we've even been getting up before work to hike. If you know me...that is a BIG deal!  Below are some pics from some of our recent adventures.

Coldwater Canyon at Sunset

Coldwater Canyon

Palos Verdes...a hike with one hell of a view!
The following picture I just HAD to share. We recently stumbled upon this trail in Palos Verdes with some friends.  It was such a perfect day with beautiful views. At the end of the hike, I demanded J take a photo with me, despite being sweaty & gross. I had NO IDEA what Dukes face looked like until I got home & was going through the photos taken...

Freaking HILARIOUS!  So glad to know Duke enjoyed the hike! What a little ham.  Anyways, with all the hiking, I needed to start getting more protein.  I'm not super into smoothies because the only crushed ice I can handle is in slurpees.  I've always preferred a smooth beverage, even my Nana would pour OJ through a strainer for me when I was a kid.

Well thanks to Pinterest, I found a recipe from Prevention with normal ingredients that was healthy & could be made without crushed ice!  I also happened to have all the ingredients already on hand, which was so helpful. I've made these twice now and they really make a nice breakfast after working out.  I really can't even believe I typed that last sentence. WHO AM I?!!! Just don't make the mistake I made the first time and assume that the recipe below is for one serving...it is definitely for 2! Luckily it was so good, I didn't mind that I drank 2 portions. 

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie
Serves: 2
Blend time according to Rachel: 5 mins
How difficult was this for Rachel? Easy!


1.5 cups fat free milk
1/2 cup vanilla or plain fat free yogurt
2 tbsp reduced fat peanut butter
1/2 ripe banana
1 tbsp honey
(if you want ice, 4 cubes)                            

Dump everything into the blender

Blend until smooth. 

How difficult.

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