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February 10, 2016
Heart-Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie Bowl

Heart-Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie Bowl

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

February is all about matters of the heart. We celebrate our love for family and friends on Valentine’s Day. And, all month long, we are reminded about how to cherish our own heart health.

It’s no mistake that February is American Heart Month, which is designed to build awareness about protecting your ticker from heart attack, and your brain from stroke, a process that should start in childhood.  

Without a doubt, there will be plenty of chocolate available for you to mark the day on February 14, and that's OK.  What's most important is that you, and your children, eat nutritious foods on the other 364 days of the year – or on most of them, at least! 

Eat to Your Heart’s Delight

Safeguarding your heart and brain does not mean eliminating delicious foods that you enjoy. This Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie Bowl is the perfect example of a heart-smart choice that everyone in the family will love. 

Smoothie bowls are thicker versions of the drinks that you can eat with a spoon.  Our newest addition to the Hood recipe line up packs great taste and good nutrition, including heart-healthy fat, bone-building calcium, and more than a third of the fiber you need in a day. You also get 1 ½ servings of fruit! 

Peanut powder reduces the calories but not the protein. Swap 2 tablespoons peanut butter for the powder, if you like. 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie Bowl

Makes 1 serving

1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt

1/4 cup Hood 1% Lowfat Milk

3 Tbsp. peanut butter powder

1 medium frozen banana

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract


1/2 medium banana, chopped

1/2 cup raspberries

2 Tbsp. chopped peanuts 


Blend the yogurt, milk, peanut butter powder, frozen banana, and vanilla extract in a blender or food processor for 45 seconds or until smooth. Pour into bowl. Arrange bananas, raspberries and peanuts on top. 


Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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