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Food Factor: Peanut Butter Power Smoothie

When you need a boost of protein before you dash out the door, try this quick smoothie. You can experiment with different fruits, add ice if you prefer a frozen drink, and swap out peanut butter for an alternative like sunflower butter if you have allergies.

Many smoothie recipes have exotic ingredients or fruits that quickly spoil if not used immediately. I like to take my overripe bananas, break them into chunks or slices, and put them in the freezer. That way I can have a little bit of slush in my smoothie without the hassle of grinding up ice cubes. And I waste less food!

Crew review: the flavor of this smoothie was fine, but it wasn’t very cold since our bananas were fresh. If you like really cold or frozen smoothies, you’ll need to add ice!

Peanut Power Smoothie

1⁄4 cup peanut butter

1-3⁄4 cups banana (or any other fresh or canned and drained fruit)

1⁄4 cup nonfat dry milk powder

1-1⁄2 cups cold water

Put all ingredients in blender. Blend on low until smooth and serve.

Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

Thanks to our friends at Oregon State University for this tasty recipe!

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