Peanut Butter and Jelly Beet Smoothie

27 Apr

I received free samples of the Barlean’s products mentioned in this post. All opinions are my own; I was not compensated for my time.

Most Americans grew up eating peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Whether for breakfast, lunch or a last-minute run-out-the-door to your extracurricular activities dinner, PB&J was, and still is, a household staple.

If you asked younger Christina how to make the most perfect PB&J sandwich, she’d tell you it had to be on squishy soft bread, though a whole wheat variety is fine as well. The CREAMY peanut butter (no chunks here, folks!) had to be layered on thickly – something to sink your teeth into. And the jam, which was almost always homemade jam from my Oma (her strawberry-raspberry mix will always be my favorite), had to completely cover the peanut butter foundation. Slap on another slice of bread (not toasted, mind you), cut into two triangles, and there you have it! The ideal PB&J sandwich.

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These days, however, I know better than to consume that amount of sugar and empty carbs for breakfast, or any meal for that matter. My bread is much more wholesome, the peanut butter is natural, or it might even be almond butter, and the jam is used sparingly, just to get a taste. I’m more apt to use fresh, sliced berries, or perhaps chia jam.

But if that all sounds like too much work, and too messy for your half-hour morning commute to work, this smoothie is just for you! It’s loaded with peanut butter and jelly taste, without all the added sugars and morning-slump-causing empty carbs. The beet juice goes unnoticed, except in color. (Trust me on this – I hate beets and would never propose you make a recipe wherein you can taste the beets!) The protein powder adds a nice boost to get you through the day, or to refuel after a workout. Finally, the Barlean’s Digestive Blend lends all the fiber, omega-3’s, antioxidants, vitamins & minerals that your body needs to keep things moving, and keep things clean, if you catch my drift.

In fact, Barlean’s Digestive Blend is a combination of all the good things you might find hard to work into your diet otherwise: flaxseed, quinoa, chia seeds, coconut, and a blend of warm spices. It’s also vegan, organic, kosher, GMO-free, and gluten-free!

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Beet Smoothie

Serves 1

  • 3/4 C cold water
  • 1/2 C prepared beet juice
  • 1 frozen, sliced banana
  • 1 C frozen blueberries (preferably wild blueberries)
  • 2 tbsp powdered peanut butter (or you could use real PB)
  • 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder
  • 1 heaping tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp Barlean’s Digestive Blend

Add all ingredients to your blender and puree until completely smooth. I find it’s best to use the “ice crush” setting first, to break down the frozen fruit.

Serve in a glass, and enjoy cold!


12 Responses to “Peanut Butter and Jelly Beet Smoothie”

  1. Lex @ Flecks of Lex April 27, 2017 at 9:51 am #

    Haha Beets get no love! I actually love beets now, and it’s funny how you can taste them in some recipes, but you only get the color in others. Regardless, this sounds like a great recipe makeover!

    • xtinaluvspink April 27, 2017 at 10:14 am #

      Thanks so much, Lex! I’m sure that through smoothies and brownies, I’ll come to love beets eventually. Baby steps, right?

  2. The Fit Cookie (@thefitcookie) April 27, 2017 at 11:21 am #

    Your smoothie looks delicious! I actually don’t mind beets too much, I like eat them pickled or roasted, but straight up beet juice can be too much for me sometimes! Mixing it in a smoothie is a great idea

    • xtinaluvspink April 27, 2017 at 11:24 am #

      Thanks!! It’s a great way to sneak in that veggie without much of the flavor.

  3. Abbey Sharp April 27, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    Yum! I love the idea of adding beet juice! Adds a beautiful colour on top of the flavour! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. Jessica Fishman Levinson April 27, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

    Love your creativity with this one! I can never get over that gorgeous color beets give to smoothies either!

    • xtinaluvspink April 27, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

      Thank you so much!! Sometimes, creativity is a struggle, but sometimes it’s right in front of you 🙂

  5. Wendy April 27, 2017 at 8:37 pm #

    This is the second recipe I’ve seen today using peanut butter powder. I have never heard of this before…I’m going to have to check it out.

    • xtinaluvspink April 28, 2017 at 10:58 am #

      I love regular, natural peanut butter and other nut butters, but sometimes you get enough fat elsewhere – powdered peanut butter is literally PB with most of the fat removed, which results in a fine powder. It’s great in smoothies, mixed into yogurt, or for baked goods!

  6. April 28, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    This sounds amazing! All of my favorite things combined 🙂

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