This simple blueberry peanut butter smoothie is full of protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep you full until lunch!
Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie
Now that the summer heat has really picked up, I’m craving smoothies for breakfast! And this is one of my favorites! It uses simple ingredients that you probably have on hand, but the flavor is fantastic. Plus the combo of fiber-rich blueberries, filling fats from peanut butter and satiating protein protein will keep you full from breakfast until lunch! It’s a great option to refuel after a workout too, when real food isn’t always the most appetizing.
Here’s a quick overview of the ingredients plus some easy substitutions!
I love peanut butter in this but almond butter would work just as well! And don’t leave this out trying to save calories!
I think most people now realize that healthy fats are important but here’s a reminder: fats are good! Your body needs them! And they’re super helpful to keep you full. A smoothie without any fats, like nuts, nut butter, avocado or coconut butter, will leave you feeling famished soon after.
Coconut milk is high in medium-chain fatty acids that may boost metabolism. If you have a dairy intolerance, coconut milk is a great substitute in any smoothie that calls for milk. Look for an unsweetened version. Almond milk or oat milk works well too!
How long does coconut milk last?
Mine lasts about a week and a half. Most non-dairy milks are good for 7-10 days after you open them.
Blueberries are PACKED with fiber and antioxidants! They can also help decrease inflammation, which is critical if you workout a lot, and they can also help reduce blood pressure. (Source.) Plus, they taste amazing give this smoothie a gorgeous deep color! You can use fresh or frozen blueberries in this recipe.
I’m typically making a smoothie after running, riding the Peloton or lifting weights. That means my body needs protein to help repair my muscles. (And carbs to replenish glycogen!!) Adding protein powder helps with that and helps make this smoothie more filling. I like this Garden of Life vanilla protein powder but any protein powder will do!
I try to get vegetables in at every meal and putting spinach in a smoothie is a super easy way to do this at breakfast. You don’t taste it but it definitely ups the nutritional value of this! (And stuffing spinach in smoothies was the only way I could eat vegetables in my first trimester of pregnancy!). You could use kale in this as well.
This recipe is great with or without bananas, so if you hate them, leave it out! But, if you need extra carbs after a long cardio session, definitely add in a frozen banana. That will also increase the creaminess factor! (Banana ice cream is a thing for a reason!)
This smoothie is packed with fiber, healthy fats and protein to keep you full until lunch!
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 banana (optional, preferably frozen)
- 1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- handful of ice
- 2 cups coconut Milk
Blend for 1-2 minutes until creamy and well blended.
Optional: if you need extra carbs after a long cardio session, add in a frozen banana. That will also increase the creaminess factor!
Keywords: smoothie, peanut butter smoothie, peanut butter, coconut milk
I hope you enjoy!
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