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Peanut Butter Maca Protein Smoothie

Posted by ReganJonesRD
February 25, 2016
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Sip up the health benefits of maca in this peanut butter protein smoothie.

Sip up the health benefits of maca in this peanut butter protein smoothie.

~by Regan Jones, RD

Remember how I told you earlier in the week I was going to share with you a new black bean recipe

This is obviously not that recipe.

That recipe still exists, but its pictures are MIA. I fear I may have accidentally deleted them when working on a video yesterday. (And speaking of video, have I convinced you yet that YOU can do video for you food blog, too? If not, then go back and read this. You probably need that post more than this smoothie.) 

Sip up the health benefits of maca in this peanut butter protein smoothie.

Following a recent trip to Peru (where my travel was partially sponsored, but not by any brands/foods mentioned in this post) I issued a challenge to a few of my close friends to try one of the Inca "superfoods" we learned about on the trip -- maca. In order to reap the benefits of maca, we agreed to give it 30 days. Those days started this week and my first few maca dishes STUNK. So after those fails, I opted for what my friends suggested to begin with -- a smoothie.  

Maca has a prominent flavor. I knew this already. You may recall I used it in these maca truffles for ReDux


Sip up the health benefits of maca in this peanut butter protein smoothie.

Those truffles were tasty, but fairly low on the maca per serving scale. While in Peru I learned from my new dietitian friend Manuel Villacorta, that the benefits most associated with maca are achieved when eaten regularly and at an amount equal to about 2 teaspoons per day, 1 tablespoon for men.

So although the truffles were good, they were exactly on target for the "dose." To get up to that 2 teaspoons, I had to find a way to somewhat mask the maca flavor. All 3 of my #macachallenge friends suggested peanut butter and all 3 were right. I opted to use my favorite peanut butter protein powder by Quest (no affiliation here, but I do think their powder is yummy) and sneak in a little chocolate syrup for good measure. The result was delicious.

So whip up this smoothie. Hopefully it'll give you all the energy you need to get started on those videos I've convinced you to start producing. And if you want to join us on our maca journey, tweet me @ReganJones with the hashtag #macachallenge.   

Sip up the health benefits of maca in this peanut butter protein smoothie from @healthyaperture
Sip up the health benefits of maca in this peanut butter protein smoothie.

Peanut Butter Maca Protein Smoothie

Yield

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1/4 cup ice
  • 1/4 cup whole milk kefir*
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon ground chia seed
  • 2 teaspoons maca powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chocolate milk syrup
  • 1/2 scoop peanut butter protein powder (I used Quest)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately. 
Click for nutritional information
Calories 298
Carbohydrates 43g
Fiber 6g
Sugar 23g
Fat 5g
Protein 22g
Sodium 200mg
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ReganJonesRD

ReganJonesRD
Regan Jones is the Founding Editor and Sponsorship Director of HealthyAperture and is the author of the QUICK FIX KITCHEN Feature - a collection of recipes that focuses on shortcut cooking without shortcut taste. Her recipes largely focus on baked goods and desserts ranging from gluten free to sugar free to slightly indulgent eats for the entire family, but also include easy everyday recipes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Jones is a registered dietitian and owner the web's most prominent portfolio of dietitian-owned websites, including HealthyAperture.com, TheRecipeReDux.com, BlogBrulee.com and RDs4Disclosure.org.
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