Smoothies are a delicious and refreshing drink, often considered a healthy option for breakfast or a snack. However, the healthfulness of a smoothie depends on its ingredients. Many smoothies are packed with fruits and vegetables, essential to a balanced and nutritious diet. However, according to Insider, the average smoothie from a smoothie shop may use up to six times the recommended portion of fruit. This large portioning can really spike your sugar and calorie intake, without leaving you feeling full.
The best smoothies are quick, easy and simple. Add in protein powder, peanut butter, chia seeds, or another source of protein to give these smoothies an extra boost. Swap out the yogurt in any of these recipes with coconut or soy yogurt to make it vegan.
Banana Ginger Smoothie
- 1 banana, sliced
- ¾ c (6 oz) vanilla yogurt
- 1 Tbsp honey
- ½ tsp freshly grated ginger
COMBINE the banana, yogurt, honey, and ginger. Blend until smooth.
NUTRITION (per serving) 157 cals, 1 g fat, 0.8 g sat fat, 57 mg sodium, 34 g carbs, 28 g sugars, 1.5 g fiber, 5 g protein
- 1 banana
- ½ c orange juice
- 6 frozen strawberries
- 1 c plain nonfat yogurt
COMBINE the yogurt, banana, juice, and strawberries for 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides and blend for an additional 15 seconds.
NUTRITION (per serving) 300 cal, 14 g pro, 63 g carb, 5 g fiber, 45 g sugars, 0.5 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 180 mg sodium
Berry Vanilla Smoothie
- ½ c frozen unsweetened raspberries
- ½ c frozen unsweetened strawberries
- ¾ c unsweetened pineapple juice
- 1 c (8 oz) fat-free vanilla yogurt
COMBINE the raspberries, strawberries, and pineapple juice. Add the yogurt. Blend until smooth.
NUTRITION (per serving) 192 cals, 0.5 g fat, 0.1 g sat fat, 86.5 mg sodium, 41 g carbs, 35 g sugars, 2.5 g fiber, 7 g protein
Serve any of these in a glass or bowl!
Smoothie Bowl Topping Ideas:
Granola, Fresh Fruit, Nuts, Coconut, Dark Chocolate Shavings, Chia Seeds
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