In our society, time is at a premium. Often, it can be difficult to find time to make a proper meal, particularly in the morning. However, it’s important to figure out quick meal solutions so that your body can get the nutrition it needs. Skipping meals is extremely unhealthy, and can ultimately result in binge eating, poor dietary choices, metabolic damage, and overall decreased well-being.
My personal solution? This easy to make chocolate banana nut butter smoothie recipe, which comes together in less than five minutes. Not only is it delicious, but it’s a powerful and highly nutritious meal replacement. Made using milk, coconut milk, banana, nut butter, and our Lurong Living Paradigm Protein, this smoothie is an extremely high satiety beverage which will provide high quality energy for your workouts and busy lifestyle. It’s the perfect quick meal on the run.
Why use a protein supplement?
Many people take some sort of protein supplement, and for various reasons. Personally, I use protein powder for two key purposes. One purpose is to provide post-workout recovery; it can be mixed with water in a shaker cup and enjoyed quickly and conveniently while on the go.
However, more commonly, I’ll use it to enrich smoothies to upgrade them from a snack to meal replacement territory. With 19 grams of protein per serving, the Lurong Living Paradigm Protein powder has the power to help build muscle and repair tissue, reduce joint pain and degeneration, and can improve skin and hair health. It also adds a pleasing chocolate flavor to the finished product. That’s never a bad thing!
Personalizing this recipe
My smoothies tend to have a high amount of fat (good fat) and are therefore fairly high calorie. However, since they are so nutrient-dense, you get a lot of bang for your calorie buck: a smoothie like this will keep you full for a good amount of time, and will fuel a number of high impact activities.
That having been said, you can make alterations to this recipe without sacrificing flavor. Rather than looking at this recipe as something set in stone, think of it as a template that can be adapted to suit your taste, flavor preference, and caloric/nutritional needs.
For example, I typically use 2 tablespoons of nut butter in this smoothie. At about 200 calories, this does add density to the finished smoothie, but also a great flavor. You might choose to scale the amount up or down depending on your specific caloric or macronutrient targets. Or, you might choose to omit the nut butter entirely. This goes for the other ingredients in the smoothie as well. Adjusting the quantities of various ingredients can increase or decrease the total calories (depending on your personal goals), but won’t affect the overall tastiness of the finished drink! Below the recipe, you’ll find notes and suggestions for additional substitutions or add-ins.
Chocolate Banana Nut Butter Smoothie
Makes one serving
1 cup organic whole milk
1/3 cup coconut milk (from can)
1 whole frozen banana (see recipe notes, below)
1 scoop chocolate Lurong Living Paradigm Protein
2 tablespoons almond butter or peanut butter (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender; blend until smooth. Enjoy!
As written, this recipe contains about 700 calories, and contains about 39g fat, 50g carb, and 36g protein.
If using a fresh banana versus a frozen one, add 6 ice cubes to the ingredients to impart a pleasing texture and to help chill the mixture.
Want to make a second smoothie for a friend? This recipe can easily be doubled.
Optional add-ins or substitutions:
Does your body loathe lactose? Or, are you trying to cut calories? You can employ almond milk instead of whole milk; it has about half as many calories but similar nutritional value.
To up the Omega 3 factor in this smoothie, add 1-2 tablespoons of Udo’s Oil for some extra healthy fat.
If you’re looking to increase your fiber intake, add about 1/3 cup of rolled oats to the mix. It will also add about 27g of carbs, if you need that to fit your macros.
Do you enjoy smoothies as meal replacements?