Why a Peanut Butter Protein Shake is Good for You
I can’t tell you how much I love peanut butter (and making a peanut butter protein shake is sounding really delicious right now!). I grew up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every day for lunch. They were quick, simple to make, and tasted really great. I always remember how full they kept me feeling. Not only did they keep me satisfied, they also gave my body the nutrients I needed to grow big and strong (6’5”, 205 lbs). For those of you struggling with weight, did you know that eating peanut butter can actually help you lose that unwanted fat? I’m here to tell you that eating the right amount of peanut butter will help you lose those pesky pounds.
Peanut butter, per serving, has 8 grams of protein. It’s also packed with the antioxidant Vitamin E which helps support your brain and can do wonders for your skin. It also contains magnesium, Vitamin B6, and potassium. Some research actually suggests that peanut butter can help decrease your risk of getting diabetes by around 30%. Now, adding peanut butter to a post-workout protein shake kind of makes sense, huh?
Peanut Butter Protein Shake
A post-workout shake containing peanut butter will help keep you satisfied for many hours during the day. Not only will it give your brain and skin what it needs, it will also give you that much needed protein to help your body repair and rebuild itself.
Awesomely-delicious Peanut Butter Protein Shake Recipe
Here is a recipe I came up with that gives my body just what I’m wanting after a tough workout. Not only is it tasty, it’s also got a great amount of protein, carbs, and fat that I need to repair my muscles.
1 Scoop of Favorite Protein Powder (I use chocolate sun warrior rice protein)
1 Cup Milk, Vanilla Soymilk, or Almond Milk
2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter
1 Frozen Banana (optional – use 1 cup ice if not using banana)
Blend above ingredients in your blender on high for about 20 seconds or until banana is fully liquefied.
Adding oatmeal to your peanut butter protein shake actually helps the protein absorb into your muscles faster. Most people are told that oatmeal is a slow burning carbohydrate. Oatmeal has been recommended by doctors for diabetic patients because of the amount of fiber it contains. However, oatmeal turns to sugar quickly and results in a blood sugar level spike. This sugar will then help you body absorb the wanted protein and help rebuild and repair your muscles. Pretty cool, huh?
I have found that drinking a peanut butter protein shake after my morning workouts has helped me stay full much longer than just drinking a regular post workout protein shake. Although calories for this drink are high, around 500 per recipe serving, this isn’t like a normal protein shake. Most protein shakes have around 200 calories in them and leave you hungry around an hour after consumption. This recipe will leave you full for hours on end all while giving your body just what it needs. Some even say that this is a great meal replacement shake. It contains enough calories and nutrients.