Confession: I don't really trust any smoothie I didn't make myself. Most smoothie shops load up their drinks with calorie-packed ingredients like sugary syrups, globs of nut butter, heavy granola, and full-fat dairy. My recipes are just as delicious and fun to drink, but with a tiny fraction of the calories. Let the blending begin!
PB Chocolate 'Nana
Powdered peanut butter is a serious game changer. It has at least 50 percent fewer calories and 80 percent less fat than traditional PB. The chocolate protein powder makes it all almost too good to be true.
To make: Blend together 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1/3 cup sliced and frozen banana, 2 Tbsp. chocolate protein powder with about 100 calories per serving, 2 tbsp. powdered peanut butter, and 1 1/4 cup crushed ice (about 8 ice cubes).
152 calories, 4.5g total fat [0.5g sat fat], 244mg sodium, 19.5g carbs, 4g fiber, 9g sugars, 12g protein)
I love this combo, but you can also just use this recipe as a guide to improvise with whatever yogurt flavors or fruit you have on hand.
To make: Blend together 4 oz. (1/2 cup) light strawberry yogurt, 1 cup partially thawed frozen strawberries (no sugar added), 1 peeled kiwi, and 1 cup crushed ice (about 6 ice cubes).
160 calories, 0.5g total fat [0g sat fat], 59mg sodium, 37g carbs, 5g fiber, 22g sugars, 4.5g protein
This one is perfect for those mornings when you can't decide between coffee and a smoothie. It's caffeinated, people!
To make: Blend together 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 3 tbsp. vanilla protein powder with about 100 calories per serving, 1 1/2 tsp. instant coffee granules, 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 natural no-calorie sweetener packet, and 1 1/4 cup crushed ice (about 8 ice cubes).
84 calories, 2.5g total fat [0.5g sat fat], 163mg sodium, 5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 1g sugars, 10.5g protein
Creamy Coconut Cherry
I love how refreshingly fruity this one is. Heads up: Don't mistakenly use canned coconut milk-it's way higher in fat.
To make: Blend together 1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk beverage, 3/4 cup partially thawed frozen dark sweet cherries (no sugar added), 1/8 tsp. coconut extract, 2 natural no-calorie sweetener packets, and 1 cup crushed ice (about 6 ice cubes).
128 calories, 4.5g total fat [4g sat fat], 20 mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 14.5g sugars, 1g protein
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