PB&J protein shake. Yeah!
Forgive my exuberance but if you’ve followed Bariatric Foodie for any length of time you’ll know that I love all things peanut butter. I love the texture. I love the taste. I even love why it was invented (by George Washington Carver who was looking for a nutrient and calorie dense food so that people could get a lot of calories out of a little bit of food).
But for real, I have a question for my favorite food. Yo, peanut butter! Why you gotta be so high in fat? (Response: “Yo, Nik! You answered that question in the above paragraph.”)
S’anyway, conversations with myself aside, PB&J sandwiches are one of those foods I mourn after having weight loss surgery. Bread. It gets me every time. It doesn’t get stuck. No, no. That would be an easy thing (for me) to remedy. No…something far worse, more insidious, happens. Reactive hypoglycemia. Yep. My blood sugar drops like a lead weight in the ocean. Sigh.
Now I’m not going to insult your intelligence by saying that this tastes exactly like a PB&J sandwich. We all know there are tastes you just can’t replicate. Bread is just one of those tastes that can only come from bread.
Instead, I’m saying that in a scenario where bread is not possible, I drink this shake and feel ok about the fact that I can’t have the bread. (Just ok. I’m not doing cartwheels, but I’m ok!)
And now I have this BiPro Strawberry whey protein! It’s clean, natural, and it subs for that strawberry jam taste wonderfully!
By the way, when you did PB&J’s which jelly did you use? I either used strawberry or Concord grape. Couldn’t be regular grape. It had to be Concord grape. To this day when I get Concord grapes from the grocery store (which, by the way, I get just to eat…not to make jam), I always think of my beloved childhood sandwiches! (Note to self: When Concords come back in season, make sugar-free jam!)
Anyhoo…this recipe of course uses no bread. It also doesn’t use peanut butter, instead subbing peanut flour. Have you tried it? It seems to be the new “trend” in grocery stores, although WLSers have been using it for ages. Used to be only Bell Plantations sold it as PB2 but now you can find it under a variety of brand names (and with competitive prices). Sigh…reminds me of the great Greek yogurt revolution. (I’ll tell you the history on that one another day.) Until then…get into this PB&J shake!
And also remember that if you need protein shake ideas, I’ve written a whole book-full! Check out The Bariatric Foodie Guide to Perfect Protein Shakes!