Refreshing, Low-Cal Smoothies
Take a satisfying sip
Health food stores and fitness club juice bars may have you believe that all smoothies are low-fat, nutritious mixtures. And it is true that smoothies can be a great way to get a serving of fruit and essential vitamins—but if you're not careful, yours can pack as much sugar and fat as a candy bar. The key to a slimming drink is controlling what goes into the blender. Use these four quick and easy smoothie recipes as healthy breakfasts, snacks, and even desserts!
This drink has the refreshing taste of your favorite cocktail, minus the extra calories from alcohol. The orange-peach combination provides a tangy flavor and plenty of vitamin C and folate. It also includes bananas—a good source of energy-boosting vitamin B6. It's the perfect post-workout snack or afternoon pick-me-up.
Try this recipe: Fuzzy-Navel Smoothies
As thick as a milkshake, this smoothie packs more than 20% of your daily calcium requirements plus a serving of potassium-rich banana. Two tablespoons of all-natural peanut butter mix perfectly with low-fat chocolate milk to add almost 9 grams of protein. Though this treat may taste like a dessert, you can enjoy it guilt-free at only 200 calories.
Try this recipe: Peanut-Butter-Cup Smoothie
Get plenty of vitamin C with this fruity, filling beverage, made with mango and strawberries. Instead of using table sugar, honey and crystallized ginger add a touch of unprocessed sweetness. A half-cup of low-fat yogurt provides bone-building calcium and adds a creamy texture to the smoothie. Garnish with mint leaves and serve at an informal brunch.
Try this recipe: Mango-Ginger-Strawberry Smoothie
Passion fruit nectar and juicy peaches makes this recipe a glass full of sweet sips. Fat-free yogurt gives the smoothie a richer consistency, and a dash of almond extract adds a slightly nutty flavor. But, don't let the taste fool you—this smoothie has less than 100 calories per serving, and no fat!
Try this recipe: Passion-Peach Smoothie