Rise 'n Shine

I'm weird. Longtime readers already know that, of course! But this time, I'm referring to one of America's favorite sandwiches. I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches ... for breakfast! However, sometimes things get rushed and I don't have time to put one together in the morning. Then I can satisfy my cravings with this simple smoothie that combines the flavors of a PBJ with the ease of a smoothie that can be enjoyed on the go.

I'm recommending a strawberry flavored smoothie to begin with, but feel free to experiment a bit and enjoy new flavors as well. Just make sure you come back here to share them with the rest of the Seasoned Cooking community! We love new ideas and twists! If you are a big chocolate fan, try replacing the peanut butter with a chocolate-hazelnut spread like Nutella. Or you can try other nut butters as well. Cashew butter would make a particularly rich breakfast treat.

So, in this month of back to school and PBJs in the lunch box, I'd like you to think outside the box and into the glass! Enjoy your PBJ first thing in the morning and slurp it with a straw! Like I said, I'm weird!!!

As always, I encourage you to share your recipe ideas and comments. You can always post comments in the discussion board using the forms provided in the articles or email me directly at .

PBJ Smoothie

  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry jelly or jam
  • 3 frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup low fat yogurt

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Enjoy immediately.

  • Yields: 1 serving
  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes