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Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

Peanut butter. One of my favorite foods in the entire world. In fact, I really enjoy all nut butters (especially almond butter!).

Peanut butter was ALWAYS a “bad” food when I was stuck in my eating disorder. I wasn’t allowed to have it, according to Anamia (screw her, right!).

Recovery showed me that, first of all, Anamia is a psycho crazy bitch who has no say in what I eat, think, or feel. She is a monster. But secondly, recovery also taught me about quality versus quantity. I’m sure many people struggling would agree that they would rather eat a bowl full of bland celery than have a spoonful of rich tasty peanut butter (I’m not trying to diss celery). Why? Because the peanut butter is high in calories and 20140514-154138.jpgfats and when someone struggles with an eating disorder that’s all they choose to focus on.

BUT, which one is more nutritionally dense and packed full of healthy nutrients that will provide your body with the energy it needs to survive? The peanut butter, duh. Besides, who wants to eat bowls and bowls of celery?!…yuck.

As I went through recovery, I had to view food as a fuel source, and I had to choose foods that would satisfy my body and give my body what it needed to survive. I started changing my view of peanut butter from, “No way, too many calories,” to, “Look at all of the amazing things peanut butter has to offer.”

Peanuts are rich in vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin E, Niacin, and folate, as well as monounsaturated fats, which are heart healthy fats! (note: you can always refer to fats at “lipids” if that makes you more comfortable eating them). They are also packed full of protein. Another amazing thing about peanuts is that they are full of antioxidants!

Now, when I go to then fridge and look for a snack, I have options. Maybe some days I don’t want peanut butter and I may go for the celery and hummus. But on days my body does crave peanut butter, I eat peanut butter. Not a whole jar, but enough to satisfy that craving, and each day that amount may be different…and that’s okay.

Changing my view on peanut butter changed me relationship with peanut butter. I love peanut butter so much now! After I make a fresh batch I find myself licking the spoon every time and enjoying fresh warm peanut butter (it’s the best, right?!).


Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
By Amy DiPaola
serves 1

1 cup almond milk + more for blending
1 large banana, frozen
1/2 cup zucchini, frozen and sliced
1 Tbs cacao powder
2 Tbs natural peanut butter
3 dates or 1-2 Tbs agave nectar (depending on how sweet you want it)
Handful of Spinach (optional)

1. Place everything in your blender and blend! This recipe has the texture of a frosty, so I’ve found eating this with a spoon is fun, but the traditional straw works also!


13 comments on “Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie

  1. Charlene
    May 14, 2014

    This sounds absolutely delicious. My mouth is watering as I read it. I MUST try this soon!!!

  2. sammieanthamarie
    May 14, 2014

    Sounds delish, but I’ll probably use Kale rather than spinach – my own green preference!

  3. frankiesfeast
    May 14, 2014

    This sounds amazing. I’m going through a nut butter obsession phase right now!!

  4. Eco-conscience, unconsciously
    May 14, 2014

    Wow, I would have never thought to try zucchini! I just clicked through to read your story about recovery, and good for you! Thanks for sharing your story – I hope it inspires others. Take care 🙂

  5. Jean Maxwell
    May 15, 2014

    Looks absolutely fantastic — I make one similar but yours looks/sounds better. Will be trying this soon!! 🙂

  6. Jen
    May 25, 2014

    The more of your posts I read, the more I’m starting to think we might be related ;p I am OBSESSED with nut butters! Like you, I used to avoid them like the plague, but now they’re one of my favorite foods. Peanut butter especially. I even take a jar with me when I go on long trips because I’m afraid I might go into withdrawal. ;p It’s nice to see how our attitudes about food can be transformed with a little effort.
    I don’t use PB in smoothies much (it’s just so good on its own, right?! 😉 ), but this makes me want to try it out. I wouldn’t have thought of the zuchinni addition either, but with summer coming I’ll need a way to use up the inevitable extra. Great idea! I’m curious, though — you seem to indicate that you make your own peanut butter? Do tell!

    • Shine On Be.U.tiful
      May 25, 2014

      The zucchini adds extra creaminess and nutrition without any “zucchini” taste! I add frozen zucchini to almost every smoothie now. Great easy way to get veggies in.

      I do make my own peanut butter! It tastes so much better! I buy peanuts in bulk and stick them in my blender and blend until nice and smooth. It’s so tasty right out of the blender when it’s warm 🙂

  7. This looks incredible. I like how you photographed it with the colorful cloth and the peanuts. I might have this for a snack today!

  8. Aissa
    June 1, 2014

    Can’t wait to try this! I to carry jars of nut butters with me when I am going away for a few days!!:-)

  9. cjm11
    June 12, 2014

    This sounds so good! I need to try it!

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  11. vitamixmasterj
    July 17, 2014

    Reblogged this on Sincerely Yours, The Smoothie Operator and commented:
    Here is a great smoothie from Shine On Be.U.tiful that is perfect for these hot summer days.

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