By Maya Hayes, MPH, Certified Nutrition Educator | healthhandled.com

Treat yourself to this quick and easy protein shake before or after a workout, or as an alternative to that mid-afternoon cup of coffee or snack.

TIP: stash a few bananas in your freezer for added texture!

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ frozen banana or ½ fresh banana plus a couple ice cubes
  • 1 scoop whey or pea protein powder – chocolate or vanilla depending on your preference
  • 1 Tablespoon organic peanut or almond butter OR 2 Tablespoons of PB2 to cut back on calories
  • 1 Cup plain almond milk
  • Ice (optional)
  • Handful of spinach or kale (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy, adding ice cubes one at a time until you have your desired consistency.
  2. Enjoy!

Maya Hayes is a Consultant for Employee Well-Being at Providence St. Joseph Health, holds a Masters in Public Health degree and is a Certified Nutrition Educator. Find more nutritional tips and recipes from Maya at www.healthhandled.com.