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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and a great way to jump start your day. It isn't every morning that I find myself having time to sit down and eat breakfast (unless it's a day off or on the weekends) and these also tend to be the days that I'm hungriest in the morning, go figure!
My two go-to ingredients for breakfasts that are quick, easy to make and east to grab and go are Jif™ Creamy Peanut Butter and Dannon Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt. These are two ingredients that are used for so many different types of recipes, but my favorite are smoothies. All sorts of smoothies are one of my favorite things to eat at ALL times of the day! Not only are peanut butter and yogurt two of the yummiest things ever, they're also so good for you and the best way to get your day started. Any meal that includes peanut butter and yogurt will be so energizing too.
Having a breakfast option that is easy to make in a rush and portable is important for a lot of us - and smoothies are just that!
Here's a super simple and extremely delicious smoothie recipe for rushed mornings, sluggish afternoons, or even relaxing evenings when you crave something sweet:
Jif peanut butter and Dannon Vanilla Lowfat Yogurt are super easy to find - especially at Walmart - and the best to use for this recipe:
The best part is this is a super inexpensive smoothie to make - especially when you use the Jif and Dannon Combo Rebate from Ibotta! If you haven't heard of Ibotta, I highly recommend signing up - you essentially make money by spending money! You can get $1.50 cash back with this rebate, making the smoothie nearly free to make.
Here's what you'll need:
1/2 cup Dannon Vanilla All Natural Lowfat Yogurt
1 1/2 tbsp Jif™ Creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup strawberries, halved
1 tbsp avocado (or one slice; optional)
It's pretty easy to change the proportion sizes for this recipe; this just tends to be the perfect amount for me, fits perfectly in the to-go blender and fills me up as a breakfast option.
Start by cutting up the fruit and measuring the peanut butter and yogurt. If you choose to add avocado, take a slice (or tablespoon if mashed, whichever works) and add that to your ingredient pile too. I have a serious avocado addiction and the fact that they are a super food and are so good for you make it even better, because lets be honest it isn't every day that I come across a favorite food that's this good for you! ; ) You really can't taste it in this smoothie, and all it does is make the smoothie even healthier and a great better-for-you breakfast option to start your day in a great way.
Add all of the ingredients to your blender. This is when you can decide if you have enough of each ingredient; the best part about this recipe is that proportions don't really matter all that much... If you like strawberries more than banana, add more of them, and vice versa.
The Jif™ Creamy Peanut Butter is my go-to brand of peanut butter; whether you're having it in a smoothie, as a snack or on a sandwich, it's the perfect combination of creamy and freshly roasted peanuts. It's also gluten free, has 7 grams of protein, is non-GMO and has no genetically modified ingredients - exactly why it's so perfect for breakfast! It also kicks your metabolism into high gear and is a great energy booster for the morning.
Buying the quart-sized Dannon Vanilla All Natural Lowfat Yogurt is always the way to go for me because it's something I eat so much of and always lasts me the entire week! Yogurt is my snack of choice and the perfect alternative to milk or ice cream in a smoothie. It's such a great food choice and is SO yummy, especially in this vanilla flavor. This, too, is made with all natural ingredients and even makes for a great cooking substitute for other recipes.
This Oster® Blend-N-Go® MyBlend® Blender has been a life saver in terms of saving time AND it's super convenient too! This is by far the easiest way to easily measure and decide how to create your portions of each ingredient. Since most mornings that I make this smoothie are the ones I'm busiest and am rushing out the door, being able to fill, blend and go is a huge lifesaver. It's also been so great to have in traveling with my smoothie and taking it to go on my way to school or when I'm running errands.
If you aren't in a rush, get a cute cup and pretty paper straw and sit back, relax and enjoy your smoothie! Another option for this smoothie if you're having it as a mid-day snack or in the evening is adding a couple drops of chocolate syrup and whipped cream. Still super good for you and gives it an extra dose of yummyness!
Smoothies are the best breakfast option in my opinion, especially since they can be made in so many different ways and can be enjoyed all year long and for any meal!