I use “weight-gain” half-jokingly. And I guess I use “smoothie” half-jokingly too.
For normal humans, I believe this recipe qualifies as a gut-busting milkshake. For Husband, it’s more like his favorite recovery drink. He isn’t trying to gain weight* necessarily, just consume enough calories in a day to keep him chugging along.
You see, Husband is averaging 124 miles per week on a bicycle this year. (Last year, he logged more than 5,000 miles altogether and this year he is going for 6,000). As result, he burns calories at ridiculous rates.
Quickly after we began dating, I realized I wasn’t going to be able to eat the same foods or food volume as this bottomless pit of a man. The man can put away the carbs.
So I offer this recipe with a bit of a disclaimer. If you have higher-than-average caloric needs such Husband and his endurance-athlete friends, this may be a nice, sugary treat for you. Casual exercisers and desk jockeys such as myself should Consume at Your Own Risk.
I made these smoothies for him a few times, and after a while, he realized they were simple enough that he could easily handle making them himself. So now he makes them just about every day. Today? Twice.
Husband never measures anything in the kitchen, so this is my best interpretation of his slapdash smoothie assembly…
- 1-2 frozen bananas (must be frozen to attain maximum milkshakeyness)
- 1 man-handful of ice cubes
- 2 scoops Tera's Whey Dark Chocolate Whey Protein(contains Stevia)**
- 2 cups 2% Horizon Organic milk
- ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
- ¼ cup Hershey’s chocolate syrup
- Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth and creamy.***
*These smoothies have actually helped Husband add and maintain some muscle mass over the past few months, maybe thanks to the protein powder. Yes, he has Thunder Thighs. A diet with staples like pizza, donuts and fruit snacks doesn’t always offer enough protein for an athlete of his caliber, so it’s good to add in a little extra through these drinks.
**I avoid artificial sweeteners, but Husband selected this protein powder himself and has been very satisfied with it. I like that it’s Fair Trade, Organic and has a short ingredient list.
***We both love our inexpensive Hamilton Beach blender! It has a Smoothie button that works like a charm. After trying a very pricey popular model that just wasn’t any good, I sent that back and decided to try this much cheaper alternative. We’ve both been very satisfied with it ever since.
Are your smoothies more like milkshakes?
What is your favorite smoothie ingredient?