When in a super hurry, even a scoop of peanut butter on a spoon is better than no breakfast at all, and with each spoonful having a great dose of fiber and the good fats, eating peanut butter for breakfast is an easy serving of protein. Plus, since protein makes us feel fuller longer, peanut butter can give you a nutritious boost of energy that lasts much longer than a dull cup of coffee.
Because I not only need protein but more vegetables, I have started adding spinach and carrots to a smoothie in the mornings. The only problem is that my smoothie can taste a little… earthy. By adding a scoop of peanut butter, the taste of vegetables is covered with a yumminess that makes eating a nutritious breakfast so much easier.
But peanut butter at breakfast is not just a great idea for adults! My children love what we call “breakfast pizzas.”
I spread peanut butter over a waffle or pancake instead of syrup and top it with fresh fruit like bananas, strawberries, or blueberries. Sometimes, we go a little crazy and sprinkle a few mini chocolate chips.
The children do a happy dance as they approach the table and I do a happy dance watching them start their day with a smart choice that doesn’t break the bank. At approximately $0.16 per ounce, that is a lot of nutrition in a tiny tummy without spending a ton of money.
And, for the husband on the go-go in the mornings, I can give him a treat that makes him think he is being served a dessert. The Not-So Chubby Hubby Smoothie makes his day start with over 30 delicious nutrients and phytonutrients.
Not-So Chubby Hubby Breakfast Smoothie
- 2 bananas frozen in chunks
- 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- Milk enough to reach your desired consistency
- Place all ingredients in a blender and pulse until the bananas are broken down slightly. Then, blend to your desired consistency, adding milk as needed. Happily serves two people.