Awhile back I shared my secret recipe for healthy chocolate-banana milkshakes. Well, today it gets better. What could be better than a chocolate-banana milkshake, you wonder? A peanut butter chocolate-banana milkshake… without all the fat from peanut butter! Enter, PB2.
PB2 is made by roasting peanuts and pressing the oil out of them, leaving you with 45 calories per 2 tablespoons, 5g of protein, and only 1.5g of fat. What your essentially left with is peanut powder. It’s not that I think there is anything wrong with the fat from peanut butter — in fact, I eat peanut butter all the time — it’s just that I don’t really need 180 extra calories in this recipe. If you are interested in trying it for yourself, I recommend ordering it from Amazon — good price and free shipping!
The finished product of this milkshake really does taste like a Reeses milkshake. It’s so great because I feel like I’m having a decadent dessert for my post-workout shake, when in reality I’m just fueling it up with exactly what it needs!
PB2 recipes on my list to try:
- PB2 Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream
- Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
- Healthy Peanut Butter Protein Cups
- Add PB2 to my Oatmeal Muffins
Speaking of a workouts, I almost didn’t do one today. To the best of my recollection, I took last Thursday off (but I’m not entirely sure, hence the creation of the workout log blog), so it would’ve been perfectly fine to take a rest day. For most of the day as my eyes drooped in class, I clung to the idea of a rest day and my warm bed awaiting me. I even wrote “take a relaxing nap” on my to-do list. But when I got home, I started doing a quick clean-up of our apartment, and that quick clean-up turned into a packing frenzy (we are moving in 4 weeks) which quickly re-energized me.
I didn’t have a specific plan when I went to the gym — my muscles definitely needed a day off from weights — so all I knew was that I wanted to do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio. But you know how that goes, don’t you? For me at least, I’m only getting warmed up at 20 minutes, and when 30 minutes rolls around, I’m so high on endorphins that I don’t want to stop. While some people staunchly advocate a rest day at least once a week, I never plan a specific rest day. I let my body and my schedule talk to me. Sometimes I may go 10 days without a rest, sometimes I only go 3, and either way I don’t sweat it.
I ended up doing 4.61 miles in 45 minutes alongside my hubby as he jogged at a steady 6.0 mph until the very end when he bumped it up to 7.5. I sporadically alternated between running at 6.5-7.0 mph at a 1.0% incline and walking at 4.0 mph at an 8% incline. By that time I knew that I wanted to catch the 8 o’clock Zumba class, so I hopped on the spinning bike for a leisurely 10 minutes to pass the time. Before Zumba, I downed a protein shake and a handful of raisin bran to fuel me up to dance my butt off for an hour. Overall, it was a great workout! Mixing it up was rejuvenating, and I’m ready to tackle chest and back weights tomorrow.
How did you do today?