In the constant struggle to get more fruits and vegetables into our diets, we could all use a little help. Enter smoothies, easy-to-make and oh-so-delicious concoctions that can help you sip your way to better health. Modeled after Elvis’s favorite sandwich, this blend of peanut butter and banana hits all the right notes flavor-wise, and it’s packed with nutrients, to boot—especially magnesium and potassium, two key minerals that most of us don’t get enough of in our diets.
The bananas bring the potassium, a mineral known to help control blood pressure. Potassium is also an electrolyte, a class of minerals responsible for fluid balance, healthy muscle contraction, nervous system function, and more. Hot weather and vigorous exercise can rob the body of electrolytes, and the keto diet is also known to deplete them.
The peanut butter is packed with magnesium, one of our favorite natural stress-busters. It’s also a key mineral for bone health, because it helps convert vitamin D into an active form that promotes calcium absorption. And speaking of calcium, an imbalance of calcium and magnesium in the body can lead to a host of health problems—from chronic inflammation to heart disease to depression.
Plus, this super smoothie offers a generous 20 grams of protein thanks to the peanut butter and a healthy dose of vitamin E from the almond milk. And the yogurt adds a helping of probiotics, good gut bugs that promote digestive health. All packed into a relatively low 320 calories, making it a perfect meal replacement. What’s not to like?
Banana-Peanut Butter Smoothie
Blend all ingredients in blender, and enjoy.
- Calories 320
- Carbohydrate Content 51 g
- Cholesterol Content 5 mg
- Fat Content 6 g
- Fiber Content 5 g
- Protein Content 20 g
- Saturated Fat Content 1.5 g
- Sodium Content 270 mg
- Sugar Content 30 g