7 Low Calorie Smoothies to Try ...

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So you want to lose some weight and have decided to try low calorie smoothies to enhance your new diet. Good for you! There are so many tasty options and creative, low calorie ways to get in plenty of nutrition, while still being able to drink something that tastes like dessert. I adore smoothies, but it can be easy to add too many calorie dense foods like nut butters, oats, chocolate chips, too much fruit, sugary mixes, poor quality protein powders or full fat and high sugar yogurt. Sure, all that tastes great, but if you drink one to two of those a day or even one a day, and you might actually put on some weight, not lose it. Smoothies should be light and filling at the same time, which is totally possible with these low calorie smoothies. Try one each day and even swap out ingredients between them if you want some variety and creativity.

1. The Awesome Almond

The Awesome Almond

This is one of the best low calorie smoothies I've ever had, girls! This smoothie is rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium, and it helps to lower your blood sugar as well. It also tastes like a dream!

Ingredients:

1 small frozen banana, sliced

3/4 cup kale, lightly packed, stems removed

3/4 cup almond milk

1 tsp. raw almond butter

1/8 tsp each cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground ginger

Optional: Add 1/2 cup iced coffee for an extra dose of antioxidants.

Directions:

Blend.

Serves 1 for 233 calories

Source: womenshealthmag.com

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2. Rise and Shine Smoothie

Rise and Shine Smoothie

This smoothie is rich in Vitamin E, healthy carbs and Vitamin A. It also contains lots of fiber to hold you over a little longer, plus a bit of healthy fat.

**Ingredients:

**1/4 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed

ยฝ an apple chopped

a grate of fresh ginger

1 cup spinach

1/2 small frozen banana, sliced

3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk

a dash of stevia if you need it

Directions:

Blend.

Serves 1 for 241 calories

Source: My own recipe.

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3. Island Refresher

Island Refresher

This smoothie is rich in healthy enzymes to prevent bloating and aid in digestion, and it is also rich in Vitamin C and E, along with protein to keep you full. It also tastes like a Hawaiian dream!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup pineapple, cubed

1/2 cup frozen mango

3/4 cup vanilla soy milk or almond milk

3 Tbsp low-fat cottage cheese or plain Greek yogurt

Sweeten with stevia

Garnish with 1/4 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes

Optional: Add 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed for an extra 2 grams of fiber.

**Directions:

**Blend.

Serves 1 for 221 calories

Source: My own recipe.

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4. Ginger Berry and Oats

Ginger Berry and Oats

This smoothie is so good and is great for a bloated or upset tummy! It is also great for anxiety. I love the sweet taste of the berries mixed with the calcium from the milk. It tastes so indulgent, yet is under 200 calories! The small amount of oats will hold you over until you next meal so you donโ€™t suffer carb crash either.**

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup prepared oatmeal or whole oats

1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk or almond milk

1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger or powdered ginger

1 cup fresh blackberries

1/2 cup sliced strawberries

1 teaspoon honey

1/2 cup ice

Directions:

Blend.

Serves 1 for 179 calories

Source: cookinglight.com

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5. Peanut Butter Berry

Peanut Butter Berry

Nobody said you had to give up your peanut butter in smoothies; you just donโ€™t need 2 heaping tablespoons. The beauty of peanut butter is the taste goes a long way in a small amount. Try this pretty pink smoothie, which is rich in calcium, Vitamin E from the peanut butter, and rich in Vitamin C and fiber from the berries.

**Ingredients:

**1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk or almond milk

1/2 medium ripe banana

1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

1/2 cup crushed ice

Directions:

Blend.

Serves 1 for 237 calories

Source: My own recipe.

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6. The Green Machine

The Green Machine

This smoothie is simple, filling and extremely nutritious for a low amount of calories. It is also very hydrating due to the melons and rich in Vitamin C, E, folate, and iron from the spinach. It tastes like a sweet slushy too! Feel free to sub out the honeydew melon for your favorite melon, like cantaloupe or watermelon. They are all rich in water and low in calories, plus they give your smoothies a deliciously sweet taste.**

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Ingredients:

1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves

1 1/2 cups chopped fresh honeydew melon

1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt

a packet of stevia for added sweetness

Directions:

Blend.

Serves 1 for 162 calories

Source: My own recipe.

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7. Raspberry Banana Smoothie

Raspberry Banana Smoothie

This smoothie is rich Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, protein and calcium. It is also a beautiful color so youโ€™ll love drinking it even more. Feel free to swap out the berries for another berry if you want. Theyโ€™re all high in nutrition and low in calories.

Ingredients:

1/2 banana

1/2 cup frozen raspberries

A squeeze of an orange for a dash of flavor

1/2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt

8 ounces skim milk or unsweetened almond milk

Directions:

Pulse until smooth.

Serves 1 for 198 calories

Source: My own recipe.

To find out how many calories are in your smoothie, visit Cronometer at cronometer.com where you can input any recipe and find out the breakdown of nutrients. This is especially helpful if you like making smoothies where it is easy to just toss a bunch of stuff in your blender. You could be drinking up to 600 calories easily without knowing it. What is your favorite low calorie smoothie recipe?

Source:

cronometer.com

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