There are very few situations in life that aren’t improved by a sandwich, but one of the few exceptions is in a gym changing room after a workout. Eating a sandwich there looks downright odd, let alone making one from scratch.
This doesn’t mean you won’t want a sandwich in a gym changing room, however, so you need to get smart and smoothie-fy your sub to make it an acceptable locker-room foodstuff.
Now while you can make a smoothie out of just about any type of sandwich assuming you have a strong enough blender, shoving a BLT baguette into your NutriBullet is probably not the smartest approach. Savoury smoothies with bits of bacon floating on the top are no-one’s idea of a good time.
Instead, take your smoothie inspiration from the king of sweet(ish) sandwiches – the PB&J. Beloved by both American youngsters and NBA basketball players (seriously, the 2007-08 Boston Celtics won a ring on the back of PB&Js and now everyone’s at it) alike, the peanut butter and jelly/jam sandwich is the post-workout snack we should all be eating.
To make the PB&J an even better refuelling option, use the below recipe. The PB is provided by peanut butter (duh) and peanut butter powder. The latter is a must for any keen healthy smoothie-maker’s cupboard, because it packs the protein punch of peanut butter with far less fat. The J comes from the strawberries and berry-flavoured protein powder. You can throw some jam in too if you want, but be aware this will change the nutritional make-up of the smoothie.
- 250ml unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1tbsp peanut butter
- 2tbsp peanut butter powder
- 1 scoop protein powder (preferably vanilla or berry flavour)
- 1tbsp chia seeds
- 1tbsp flaxseeds
- 110g frozen strawberries
- 6 ice cubes
This recipe first appeared in the US edition of Men’s Fitness