Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day with a High Protein Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake
Photo Credit: Kelly Sloan
Today is National Peanut Butter Day! There are SO many great reasons to love peanut butter from its rich protein content to it’s nutrient density. People of every age can enjoy peanut butter daily to gain its varied health benefits. If you have a young child, you don’t need to hold off introducing this food any longer. The newest research suggests that early exposure to peanuts may reduce the overall allergen risk. Of course, you always want to speak to your pediatrician first about what is best for your child, but the new recommendations are to include peanuts between 4 and 11 months of age. My friend Kristen is actually trying peanut butter for the first time today with her little nugget and I know both mommy and baby will love it!
So why should you love peanut butter today (and every day)? My terrific intern Kelly pulled together a list of four health benefits of peanut butter that will have you excited to add it in to your diet on a regular basis:
- Peanut butter is a great source of protein. Each serving (2 tablespoons) provides 7 grams of protein. High protein foods can help build and repair muscles.
- It contains “healthy fats” also known as poly- and monounsaturated fats which some studies indicate may help to lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity.
- On average, you should aim for 25- 35 grams of fiber each day for optimal health. Peanut butter can help you to reach your daily fiber goals by providing 2 grams of dietary fiber per serving.
- It is also a high satiety source of food, which means it may help you to stay full and satisfied for hours after eating. This is especially helpful for those looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy body weight.
To celebrate National Peanut Butter Day, Kelly created this amazing Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake for you to enjoy. I can’t wait to sip of this for a filling protein-packed breakfast I can take on the run.
Peanut Butter Cup Milkshake
Photo Credit: Kelly Sloan
- 4 tablespoons natural peanut butter, creamy
- 2 medium bananas, frozen
- 1 ½ cup low fat milk or substitute for almond milk
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add more liquid if needed.
- Top with your favorite toppings such as dark chocolate chips or chopped walnuts if desired. Enjoy!
Makes 3 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving):
Calories: 250 Carbohydrates: 29gm Fiber: 3gm Protein: 11gm Fat: 12gm