As a kid, one of my all time favorites was PB&J. Salty, sweet, creamy, and lots of carbs… what’s not to love, right?
Well, unfortunately, there’s a lot I don’t love about peanut butter and jelly sandwiches these days.
Between the sugar and the toxicity of the peanuts which is high up on my UNUSUAL SUSPECTS list of one of the worst foods to put in your body, this combo is one your kids should avoid like the plague!
Now I know that, like so many foods I ate all the time growing up and as a young adult, my body didn’t love them nearly as much as my taste buds did.
For most of my life, I was totally addicted to sugary candy. I could eat chips all day long. I ate fast food several times each week. I was eating a typical American diet.
As a result, I was really unhealthy. Eventually, I realized I didn’t feel good eating that way, and the food I consumed had a direct impact on my energy level, my digestion, my skin, and even whether or not I had a headache.
But the thought of giving up all of those foods I craved (and that craving is real, by the way) made it really hard to change my ways at first.
One of the turning points for me was realizing I could enjoy those childhood favorites in different ways… ways that nourished my body instead of harming it.
So one day I wondered if there was a healthy, low acid way to enjoy PB&J?
Since I drink smoothies and fresh juices nearly every day, and I try to mix up the ingredients to keep it interesting and get a variety of vitamins and minerals, I made it into a smoothie.
It has all the elements of the classic that you love – the nutty, creamy almond butter, the sweet, vibrant berries, and that smooth banana flavor (I loved slicing banana on my PB&J).
Of course, it doesn’t have the processed sugars, refined wheat, or through-the-roof carbohydrates.
Instead, it’s got a full serving of fresh spinach, protein from the almond milk and almond butter, and antioxidants from the berries or grapes.
So you can indulge the low acid way and enjoy that taste you loved as a kid.
Almond Butter & “Jelly” Smoothie
2 cups fresh spinach
2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
1 cup of frozen mixed berries or strawberries
1 frozen banana
4 tbsp. raw almond butter
Blend spinach and almond milk first. Then add remaining ingredients and blend.
And if you were the kid that liked the ‘crunchy peanut butter’ (I wasn’t) – here is what you can do. Once your smoothie is blended, add some chia seeds to it.
Not only will it give you that crunchy texture, but it will also give you a load of healthy omega 3 fatty acids and plant-based protein.
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