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Dissecting the Perfect Smoothie: What's in a Peanut Butter Cup

Peanut Butter Cup

Is there a more perfect marriage than peanut butter and chocolate?

Your mind is probably drifting to peanut butter cups, or maybe you just slather peanut butter onto squares of chocolate.

But the least likely place for your mind to go towards is microgreens. Little did you know, until now, that they go incredibly well in a little smoothie we've dubbed as the Peanut Butter Cup.

It's a crowd pleaser, and if you need your kids to eat greens, this is the smoothie for you.

Here's what goes in a Peanut Butter Cup.

Pea shoots

Peashoots

These are some of our favorite microgreens. There's no contest: the ones grown in an Urban Cultivator are far superior to those you can purchase at any store, from flavor to appearance. Sweet and succulent, peashoots are the perfect addition to any smoothie, not to mention how good they are for you. Peashoots are packed with vitamins A, C, folic acid, beta carotene, and antioxidants.

Broccoli microgreens

Broccoli

Broccoli in its adult form is usually an overwhelming flavor to add to anything. Unless it's intended to be the star of a dish, it'll be an unwelcome addition. In its microgreen form, it's bright yet subtle, and carries with it chockfull of vitamins A, C, folate calcium, and magnesium.

peanut butter

Peanut butter

Well, first off: yum. Peanut butter is one of those things you can eat by the spoonful (unless you're allergic to peanuts, of course). It's also got some protein in it that will help you stay full for longer.

Chocolate protein powder

Chocolate protein powder

Protein is one of those things that, unless if you eat enough meat, it's hard to actually meet your daily requirement. This is particularly true for women. Many do not eat enough protein. It's an important component that your body needs to help build and repair tissues. Not only that, but much of your body is actually comprised of protein.

Chocolate protein powder is delicious and an awesome way to add protein to any smoothie. This is where the "chocolate" of the chocolate peanut butter cup comes from.

Almond milk

Almond milk

Almond milk is a great dairy alternative, especially if what you have is a full-blown lactose allergy.

Bananas

Bananas

Easy to eat and vibrant in color, bananas aren't just good for a quick afternoon snack.

Loaded with potassium, it's a great pre- or post-workout food that can also help sustain your blood sugar. Also thanks to potassium, they're able to help lower blood pressure, and even protect against heart diseases

It's also got high levels of tryptophan, which is converted by our bodies into serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for positive moods. This suggests that bananas can actually aid with low moods.

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Evidently, we've got a line-up of all-stars that come together beautiful for an all-star team.

Here's how you make one:

Ingredients
1 cup almond milk
1 handful broccoli microgreens
1 handful peashoots
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1/2 cup frozen banana

Method
Pour almond milk into blender, then add bananas, chocolate protein powder, and greens, respectively. Blend and serve!

If you live in the Vancouver area, be sure to grab one at Living Produce Aisle at 1168 Hamilton Street. It's a store favorite.

Do you have any great smoothie recipes? Hit us up in the comments section!

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