So, I think this post may shock you. This super sweet, delicious smoothie is totally sugar free! I’m pretty sure that’s a first for me. Not a drop of agave, nothing. All you taste is pure, natural PB&J goodness, packed with protein, fiber and natural sweetness.
When we got back from skiing one afternoon, I was wiped. We’d gotten a late start, but we’d skied really hard and then it was that weird hour when it’s too late for lunch but you don’t want to spoil your dinner. Normally, I would have no qualms about eating… and then just eating again. I mean, skiing burns tons of calories, right? But, we had a romantic post-Valentine’s night of lasagna and House of Cards planned, and I really didn’t want to start off full. Starting of full meant only one serving of lasagna, and that would just not do during our little Kevin Spacey marathon. But whoa starving!, I needed to eat something. So I made this smoothie and it was just the right amount of filling and hydrating after working so hard, plus the protein and natural sugars (!!!) perked me right up.
It would also make a great quick breakfast on the run – through everything in your blender, pour and go! (I’m a big stickler about never skipping breakfast. It’s the worst thing you can do for a diet, and just bad for your metabolism in general.) Even crazier? Since I want to slim down for spring (nothing crazy, just losing a little winter insulation) I may substitute this as a desert! Maybe I’m not a sugar addict after all…. (maybe?)
The secret to this smoothie? Super simple! Its dates! They are what naturally sweeten it (and help make it thicker) without adding any sugar. They also add the fiber that helps keep you full from just a little smoothie!
Think you aren’t a fan of dates? It’s ok – you won’t even taste them! I personally love them, and put them in salads all the time, but if you aren’t fear not – this sugar free smoothie is still for you!
Right now I’m using some frozen strawberries, but when spring and summer rolls around this smoothie will pop with even more flavor! Check out the recipe below to see just how easy it is!
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- 1/3 cup Almond Milk
- 1/4 cup Dates
- 1/2 cup Strawberries
- 3 tablespoons Creamy Peanut Butter
- 3-4 Ice Cubes
- Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth.