Healthy Low-Calorie Smoothies
Bingo: Press a button and serve up most of your family's daily fruit intake. The recommended goal is 2 cups of fruit a day, and these 12-ounce blends go a long way toward that; some have a few veggies, too. If someone's a picky eater, well, he or she doesn't need to know you mixed beets in with the berries—until after they serve up a big smile.
First up, Berries and Beets.
1 cup fresh blueberries + 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries + 1/3 cup sliced, cooked beets + 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt + 1/4 cup fresh orange juice + 1 teaspoon light agave nectar
Blend up the flavors of this kid-friendly duo into a cool, creamy smoothie. Add the ingredients to the blender as listed in the recipe for the smoothest results. You can use frozen fruit instead of fresh fruit and ice, adding water as needed to thin it out.
Berry-and-Beet Green Smoothie
A lot of people give smoothies a short blend at full power, but that doesn't give the best results. Starting at low speed and gradually increasing power lets the blades work better, breaking the ingredients down evenly and at the same time.
Strawberry & Basil
Savor the flavors of summer with this fresh and bright smoothie that can be enjoyed any time of day. Fresh strawberries can be used during the summer while frozen berries provide the sweet flavor all year round. This smoothie can enjoyed for breakfast or as a light afternoon pick-me up.
2 cups frozen strawberries + 1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves + 3/4 cup original, unsweetened almond milk + 1/4 cup Greek yogurt + 1 tablespoon honey
SERVES 2 (10 oz. serving)
Ginger, Berries & Oats
1/4 cup prepared oatmeal + 1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk + 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger + 1 cup fresh blackberries + 1/2 cup sliced strawberries + 1 teaspoon honey + 1/2 cup ice
Grapefruit, Peach & Ginger
Packed with flavor, this smoothie provides a citrus tang with the spice from fresh ginger. The whole smoothie comes together with the creaminess from the banana and sweetness of the peaches. During the summer, fresh peaches can be substituted for frozen.
1 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice + 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger + 1 cup of frozen peaches + 1/2 a frozen banana + 1/2 teaspoon chopped mint.
SERVES 1 (15 oz. serving)
Peanut Butter Berry
Spinach and Almond Butter
Loaded with protein and fiber, this smoothie is a great way to get your day started or sip after a hard workout. This green smoothie is creamy, fresh and flavorful with just a pinch of cinnamon. If you like your smoothies more sweet, try adding a 1/4 teaspoon of honey.
1 tablespoon almond butter + 1/2 cup fresh spinach + 1 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1/2 a frozen banana + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
SERVES 1 (13 oz. serving)
Watermelon with a Hint of Mint
2 cups seedless watermelon + 2 tablespoons fresh mint + 1/3 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt
Chocolate-Covered Cherry Breakfast Smoothie
All the rich decadence of chocolate-covered cherries without the added sugar. Enjoy this smoothie as a light yet creamy chocolate dessert with just the perfect fruity hint. This smoothie doesn't skimp on fiber either thanks to the added spinach.
2 cups frozen dark cherries + 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder + 6 oz. unsweetened, original almond milk + 2 cups spinach
SERVES 2 (9 oz. serving)
Peaches & Cream
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh peaches + 1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk + 1/2 medium banana + 2 teaspoons honey + 1/2 cup crushed ice
Berry, Cream, and Overnight Oats Smoothie
This overnight oat smoothie is everything you love about breakfast rolled into one delicious and healthy cup. Did you know that in order for your body to absorb all the nutrients from flax seeds they must be ground, not whole? This breakfast smoothie is high in protein, nutrients, and tastes even better than it looks.
1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats + 12 cup original, unsweetened almond milk + 1/2 cup frozen blackberries + 1/2 cup frozen blueberries + 1/2 cup fresh diced strawberries + 1 teaspoon ground flax seed + 2 teaspoon honey
SERVES 2 (7 oz. serving)
Pineapple Piña Colada
1/2 medium banana + 1/4 cup light coconut milk + 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple + 1/4 cup chilled pineapple juice + 1/2 cup crushed ice
Sip on a strawberry-coconut smoothie as a sweet start (or end) to your day. You'll never crave strawberry ice cream again after having this creamy smoothie with a banana and yogurt base. The additional pinch of shredded coconut on top adds great texture as you happily savor the fruit-filled goodness.
1 cup frozen strawberries + 1 frozen banana + 1/4 cup of original, unsweetened almond milk + 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut + 1/4 cup of 2% Greek yogurt + 1 pitted date
SERVES 2 (8 oz. serving)
Creamy Mango, Avocado & Lime
1/4 cup sliced avocado + 1 cup sliced Champagne mango + 1 tablespoon lime juice + 1 tablespoon fresh mint + 1 teaspoon honey + 2 cups crushed ice
Cashew & Peach
Creamy, nutty and high in protein. This healthy, low-calorie smoothie hits all the right notes. You can also try these as frozen pops by making the smoothie mixture in your blender then pouring into pop molds and freezing for four hours. You can substitute frozen peaches for fresh during summer months.
1 cup frozen peaches + 1/4 cup cashew milk + 2 tablespoons cashew butter + 1 frozen banana + 1/4 2% Greek yogurt
SERVES 2 (7.5 oz. serving)
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves + 1 1/2 cups chopped fresh honeydew + 1/3 cup nonfat vanilla Greek yogurt
- ADD ICE LAST: Adding ice first may cause you to overblend, leaving you with a watery drink.
- IF YOU USE FROZEN FRUIT: You may not need as much ice. Frozen fruit is as nutrient-packed as fresh—just choose those with no added sugars.
- NOT A FAN OF DAIRY? Most milk alternatives (soy, rice) have roughly the same calories as 1% milk—about 100 per cup.