This post is sponsored by Welch’s.
PB&J Chickpea Smoothie, a vegan protein shake that takes you back to your childhood. We love this recipe because it’s made with 4 whole food ingredients—chickpeas, 100% grape juice, peanut butter, and flax. Gimme.
I’m always looking for ways to sneak more nutrition into our routines, and a daily smoothie habit is a foolproof way to get in the good stuff. We love smoothies at our house and it’s an easy mom win for me when my husband and son both slurp them down.
My son may not eat a side of veg at dinner and often picks out the “green ones” mixed into his mac ‘n cheese, but I have yet to hear a complaint about any smoothie I’ve made him. When fruits and veg go undercover in a smoothie it’s easy for us to all meet our daily quota.
My power play when it comes to making a tasty smoothie is to use frozen produce/vegetables, 100% juice and peanut butter; these always go into the blender. This PB&J Chickpea Smoothie ups the ante with fiber packed nutrients such as chickpeas and flax.
I love working with Welch’s 100% Grape Juice, which has no added sugar and is made with the Concord grape, an original American superfruit that helps support a healthy heart. Naturally powerful plant nutrients called polyphenols are behind this special grape’s dark purple color and benefits; in fact it has many of the same polyphenols and heart-health benefits as red wine.
100% grape juice provides that tart sweetness and when blended into a smoothie with peanut butter, it tastes just like a frosty version of the classic PB&J sandwich. I promise, you can’t taste the chickpeas in this smoothie, but they add good texture and loads of fiber.
This PB&J Chickpea Smoothie would make a great snack and an awesome post workout recovery shake for athletes too. It’s packed with protein and carbs needed to replenish muscles post workout, thanks to the natural fruit sugars found in Welch’s 100% Grape Juice.
In fact, preliminary research shows that 100% grape juice may help enhance exercise performance. This adds to the years of science that says 100% grape juice made with Concord grapes can help support a healthy heart and promote healthy circulation too.
We kept this smoothie pretty classic with 4 simple ingredients, but you can make it your own, by adding in more peanut butter if you need additional calories for refueling or want more PB flavor. Blend in a frozen banana for a thicker shake, just be sure to cut back on ice. Add a handful of spinach or kale for an extra dose of vegetables that you can’t see (or taste). Add an additional chickpeas if you need higher protein, or simply make a double recipe.
Slurp down this PB&J Chickpea Smoothie to aid in recovery from your workouts and to celebrate American Heart Month this February! The recipe meets expert guidelines for a heart-healthy recipe.
NUTRITION (per recipe)
Serving size: 1 recipe, 241 calories, 5 g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 161 mg sodium, 292 mg potassium, 45 g total carbohydrate, 7 g dietary fiber, 27 g sugar, 0 g added sugar, 9 g protein
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