Go to the gym more, be more productive, finish that screenplay... All of these resolutions require energy. Instead of getting an extra energy boost from those fizzy, fluorescent drinks from skinny cans, what about a peanut butter smoothie? Ever had peanut butter in liquid form?
If you're looking for a more natural, balanced source of fuel, you might consider blending one. The preparation is easy and takes all of two minutes. Just drop into the blender: half of a banana, a spoon of peanut butter, and a cup of ice cold skim milk. Blend until smooth.
It becomes a filling breakfast with whole-grain toast or drink it alone as a mid-morning snack or before heading to the gym. Red Bull may actually have fewer calories (a 8.3-ounce can has 110 calories) but a peanut butter smoothie will keep you feeling fuller longer so you don't turn ravenous and start eating whatever's in front of you.
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About the author: Lee Zalben was a PB&J-loving kid that grew up to be the founder and president of Peanut Butter & Co., which began as a Greenwich Village sandwich shop serving nothing but peanut butter sandwiches and expanded to include the now-famous line of all natural flavored peanut butter. Lee is a graduate of Vassar College and enjoys traveling the world in search of interesting foods made with peanuts, tree nuts, and seeds. When he's not working, eating, flying or writing, he enjoys scuba diving and training elephants.