Smoothie King’s Peanut Power Plus Smoothie is my go-to breakfast. If you’re like me and don’t have much time or energy in the morning, then you ought to give this beverage a try.
It’s healthy, energizing, and packed with so much flavor. And with this copycat recipe, there’s no need to shell out extra cash to get this tasty treat.
What I love about this DIY smoothie recipe is that I know exactly what goes into my drink. And I’m thrilled to tell you that not one of these ingredients is bad for you. In fact, they’re all loaded with elements sure to boost your health!
Almond Milk. While regular milk tastes great and is good for the body, not everyone can eat dairy. That’s why almond milk has grown into popularity. It may not have as many proteins and vitamins as cow’s milk, but the plant-based milk has lower calories and zero saturated fat, making it a great alternative for weight-watchers.
Cocoa Powder doesn’t just add that rich and chocolatey flavor to your smoothie, it is also rich in polyphenols. These antioxidants are known to reduce cholesterol and inflammation, improve blood pressure and lower the risk of heart disease.
Protein Powder. This nutritional supplement helps you repair tissue and tone your muscles. It’s a popular choice among people trying to lose weight. In this recipe, I used Sun Warrior protein powder, but you can use whatever you like!
Dates. These sweet tropical fruits are rich in protein, along with so many vitamins! Vitamins B1, 2, 3, and 5, as well as Vitamins A1 and C. They’re also packed with Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, and Selenium, so they’re great for bone health, too. And the best part is, they taste amazing!
Bananas give this smoothie a delightfully creamy texture, while adding a natural sweetness. Apart from its wide range of vitamins and minerals, this yellow fruit can also give you a mental boost. It contains an amino acid called tryptophan, which the body converts to serotonin, the chemical responsible for elevating one’s mood.
Peanut Butter. This creamy spread is not just good with bread. What makes it a great addition to your smoothie is that it’s loaded with fiber, potassium, protein, and monounsaturated fat (AKA the good fat). Plus, it’s packed with protein that will keep you full and energized.
While this smoothie recipe tastes great enough as it is, here are more additions to make it even tastier and healthier:
Matcha is all the rage nowadays, and for good reason. It’s green tea in powder form and is a good source of antioxidants. Infuse some matcha goodness into your chocolate smoothie by adding some matcha powder to the recipe.
If you want to add an extra dose of healthiness to your smoothie, flaxseed or chia seeds are great sources of Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.
Who says you can only have peanut butter and jelly in sandwich form? You can turn this smoothie into a PB&J by adding some frozen berries. Whether you use blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries, they’ll all work great.
If you’re a fan of yogurt, try adding some kefir to your smoothie. It’s fermented milk that some people find easier to digest than regular milk, and it contains healthy probiotics.
Maca is a popular root crop from Peru that’s overflowing with power-boosting properties. It’s not low on calories, but it gives you the energy you need to complete an intense workout. Add a half teaspoon of maca into your drink and see the difference it makes during your next jog!
History of Smoothie King
Smoothie King is a privately owned company that offers fresh and nutritious smoothies. They also offer other health products such as vitamin supplements, energy bars, sports beverages, and snacks. Founders Steven and Cindy Kuhnau of Kenner, Louisiana opened the first Smoothie King store in 1973.
Wan Kim, one of the store’s franchisees in South Korea, bought the company in 2012. Since then, Kim has worked to expand the franchise into what it is today. With over 1,000 stores, Smoothie King remains to be the leading juice bar franchise in the country.
How to Make Smoothie King’s Peanut Power Plus Smoothie
Whether you’re getting ready for work or an intense workout session, this smoothie will give you that much-needed energy boost.
Prep time: 5minutes
- 1 medium banana
- 1 tablespoon Hershey’s Cocoa (unsweetened)
- 2 tablespoons Creamy Peanut Butter
- 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened, vanilla)
- 1 scoop of protein (chocolate flavored)
- 1/4 cup nonfat yogurt (plain)
- 3 dates
- Add all ingredients (plus one cup of ice) into a blender.
- Cover the blender with the lid and press firmly.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour smoothie into a glass and enjoy!