This classic PB&J smoothie makes an easy, healthy breakfast – especially for kids. It has no added sugar, and the protein will keep them from getting hungry longer than fruit or berries alone.
Smoothies can easily skew more toward fruit than protein – especially when you’re trying to please a picky child’s palate.
Protein powders can help. But sometimes kids don’t like the taste of a powder. And you really have to be sure to read the labels to avoid junk ingredients.
As long as there are no allergies in your family, nut and seed butters are ideal for adding protein to your smoothies. The healthy fat will keep your child from getting hungry an hour after breakfast.
Alternative Nut Butters for a PB&J Smoothie
Feel free to try different nut butters (and fruits) to mix it up. There’s no reason the classic PB&J smoothie can’t be…
- AB&J with almond butter
- CHB&J with chocolate hazelnut butter
- or SB&J with sunflower butter
You can also substitute the milk and berries of your choice. I grew up loving blackberry preserves, so I like to add fresh blackberries to this smoothie.
The frozen banana helps give it the right smoothie texture. Plus it adds potassium and nutrients.
Flaxseeds Add an Invisible Nutrient Boost
The flaxseeds add protein, fiber, and omega 3 fatty acids to this PB&J smoothie. They also contain magnesium, iron, selenium, vitamin B6, and folate.
I’ve been adding flaxseeds to my kids’ food since they were little. Unless you add heaps (more than 3 tablespoons), it doesn’t change the flavor noticeably. My son loves strawberries and Trader Joe’s crescent rolls for the occasional breakfast. I add a little Kerry Gold butter and some flaxseeds before rolling them up to bump up the nutrition.
Back to this classic, easy smoothie. I chose Justin’s peanut butter because it is Non-GMO Project Verified and contains no hydrogenated oils. Any brand will work for this recipe though.
Classic PB&J Smoothie
- 1 ½ cups almond milk
- 2 cups strawberries organic
- ½ banana frozen
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
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