You can’t deny the fact that a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is the ultimate comfort food. When you’re lazy and need a quick lunch with a cold glass of (almond) milk, some peanut butter, fresh jam (or melted berries) and sprouted bread can’t get you down. However, sometimes you want to mix things up. Something cool and refreshing, a little on the sweet side, a protein pick-me-up. That’s when I turn to this PB&J in a Glass smoothie.
Adapted from the amazing and ever-so-talented blogger, Hummusapien, I found a recipe similar to this smoothie recipe on her blog during the summer and the first time I made it I was completely in awe. You could describe my feelings with the heart eyes emoji. It was awesome.
Due to the amount of space they take up in my freezer or fridge, I usually never buy grapes at school. A bummer since I live off of them in the summer and they’re the perfect addition to smoothies. The other day as I was walking in the dining hall I spotted some grapes during breakfast and grabbed a cup of them, threw them in a zip-loc baggy and tossed ’em in the freezer for 3-5 hours.
When I came home from class that day, I decided I would make this smoothie. Literally on my train ride home I was anticipating this smoothie. If only I would have had more ice and my grapes would have been more frozen, it would have been a thicker consistency but it was still good regardless.
- ½ cup spinach
- ½ cup kale
- 1 tbsp Ziggy Marley's Organic hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup frozen grapes
- 1 tbsp Earth Balance peanut butter
- 1 date
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Sunwarrior Vanilla which is vegan)
- Ice for desired consistency
- Combine all ingredients in Vitamix/blender and process until smooth. Add more ice to the consistency you prefer. (It's best when extra thick and spoonable!)
For those college students out there, now that you’ve got the recipe, go grab some things from your dining hall and Trader Joe’s like I did and whip this up ASAP!
I found spinach and grapes at my dining hall, the chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla extract and kale all at Trader Joe’s for a super low price and was given hemp seeds by Ziggy Marley Organics. You can buy them in bulk off of their website but I was given a few sample packets in the Sea Salt & Pepper, Caribbean Crunch and Original flavors.
Hemp seeds are an excellent addition to smoothies due to the added protein they pack in and contain essential amino acids, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Always good to add some healthy fat to your day! I highly recommend this brand if you’re on the hunt for hemp seeds. Non-GMO and 100% organic. Thank you Ziggy Marley!