My new shipment of PB2 was on the porch when we got home from work today. I had been in out peanut flour for a while and it was horrible. I was so sad. I’d been using real peanut butter in our smoothies (oooh the horror!) and even Chris noticed. The other day he asked what had happened to our peanut butter smoothies? Thank goodness my stock is replenished. I wasn’t thinking but I should have taken a pic of box – 2 jars of regular, 2 jars of chocolate and a bag of regular. I don’t mess around I tell you.
And of course, I wanted some immediately so I whipped Chris and I up a pre-dinner protein shake. I read somewhere that a protein shake made just with the powder and water/milk is a great way to fill up and help you avoid overeating at dinner. I’ve tried it a couple of times and it seems to work. Anyway, I got sidetracked. Back to my smoothie. It was amazing!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
- 4 tablespoons chocolate PB2 powder
- 3/4 scoop protein powder ( I used Designer Whey French Vanilla)
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- A handful of ice
- 1 banana
Even though I’m super stuffed from dinner I wish I was drinking one right now. I think I need to start stocking up on bananas because I feel like this would be great as a dessert. Plus it served its purpose. After we had these, Chris went out and mowed the yard while I got back on to the computer to follow-up on some work stuff. Not only has work continued to be super busy but I found out today I’m going to be in a workshop all-day-long for the next 3 days. Sheesh. Looks like it’s morning workouts for this lady this week :)
Speaking of workouts I was hoping to get to my normal 12:15 pilates reformer class but I had to go to a lunch meeting. Some people might like lunch meetings but I do not. The noon hour is my time – my WORKOUT time. A free sandwich does not make up for that. But thankfully I found a little free time in my calendar and made it to the gym for some cardio.
- 25 min slow run – we’re talking 5.6 pace. I wanted to see how my knee felt going slow. Surprise, surprise it still hurt.
- 15 min on the rowing machine
- 25 min on the bike at a decent resistance with the last 10 being 1 minute seated/out of the saddle intervals.
I ended it with some stretching and abs. All the foam rollers, even the crummy ones, were mysteriously missing from the stretching room so that was a bummer. I actually should be rolling out right now.
But before I head out, I have to tell you about my dinner. Which also in a pleasant coincidence, included peanut butter. Last week I was trying to come up with something that would allow me to use some leftover broccoli and I found this recipe. Because we didn’t end up getting to it last week I slated it for tonight’s dinner when I was meal planning yesterday. I almost followed the recipe exactly. My only changes? I used yakisoba noodles and added in chicken. Seriously good. We both loved it. The only complaint is that it made A LOT of sauce. I only used half of it and am going to attempt to re-use it tomorrow with red peppers instead of broccoli. If you don’t plan on re-using it I’d recommend halving what the recipe calls for – I’m pretty sure you’d get the same consistency.
Peanut Sauce with Linguini and Broccoli
Recipe from Will Cook For Friends
And now I’m off to foam roll and drink some water. How are you all doing with the #hydrateinjuly challenge? Slowly but surely I’m drinking more water in the morning.