There are 2 types of smoothie drinkers –
1) Those who add all kinds of greens, veggies and fruits into a blender and drink it without complaint. If it is healthy, but not necessarily tasty, they don’t care. I get that, all power to you if you can do it. My only complaint – the drink goes right through me, half an hour later I am dying of hunger.
2) There are those who add tons of nuts, oats, what have you into the smoothie. The problem with that, is that the calories add up quickly.
Is there a middle ground, you ask? Why, yes, there is….I love beans and lentils and all types of vegan protein. You can add chickpeas to your smoothie which will keep you full as well as add a creamy texture to the smoothie. Those who are wondering if chickpea is a weird thing to add to a smoothie, rest assured, the peanut butter taste masks it. The dates add sweetness with the added benefit of fiber.
The best part of this smoothie is that there is no chopping required, just get all the stuff from your pantry and add them. I took photos and made this smoothie in under 10 minutes before my little ones left for school. You will see them impatiently hovering in the background.
- 1 tbsp Peanut Butter, smooth style, with salt
- 1 serving Dates (Sun Date California Pitted; 5-6 dates)
- .33 cup Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
- 16 oz Almond Breeze Almond Milk, Unsweetened Vanilla
- Blend all ingredients. Add ice if preferred
Serving Size: Makes 2 8-oz serving or slightly more
- Servings Per Recipe: 2
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories: 184.1
- Total Fat: 7.0 g
- Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
- Sodium: 305.2 mg
- Total Carbs: 27.0 g
- Dietary Fiber: 4.7 g
- Protein: 5.5 g
5.5 g of protein and 4.7 g of fiber per serving should keep you fairly full for a couple of hours. Coming in under 200 calories, it is a much better choice than grabbing a muffin or breakfast bar, in my opinion.
Have you ever added beans to your smoothie? Please post your comments below.
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