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Smoothies you say…Don’t worry…you’re not going to find any dairy here.  No yogurt. No bananas.  No gobs of fruit and juice.  The “smoothies” I’ve recently added to my diet have a veggie base with just a touch of fruit.  So can I really call them smoothies?  I don’t know…but they’re worth a try if you’re struggling with eating well on a time crunch.  I’ve been using them as a meal replacement as I get fat on air, but for many of you, they can supplement what you’re already eating to get more nutrition into your diet.

Benefits of this kind of “smoothie”?

– Low Calorie
– Fast to Make
– Gobs of fiber (so you stay full)
– Getting your veggies in for the day

Suggested items:
  • Good Blender – I LOVE my Vitamix (the refurb ones are a great deal).  It can handle almost anything.
  • Knife (for cutting your fresh veggies).  Just blend the frozen ones right out of the freezer.
  • An insulated bottle (or 2).  I love the Insulated one from Blender Bottle (has the mixer included).
  • Protein Powder.  I like Optium Nutrition Gold Standard Whey in Vanilla and Chocolate.
  • Monkfruit Sweetener – if you don’t know what this stuff is yet…check it out.  Fabulous!

Vanilla Peach Smoothie

1 Cup Water – 0 calories
1/2 Bag Frozen Peaches – 90 calories
1 Cup Frozen Spinach – 20 calories
1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder – 120 calories
1 Whole Cucumber (with skin sliced up) – 50 calories

Total Calories for ~ 48 oz smoothie (280 calories)

Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie

1 Cup Water – 0 calories
1/3 Bag Frozen Strawberries – 70 calories
1 Cup Frozen Spinach – 20 calories
1 Scoop Chocolate Protein Powder – 130 calories
1 Whole Cucumber (with skin sliced up) – 50 calories

Total Calories for ~ 48 oz smoothie ( 270 calories)

Mint Lemonade Smoothie

1 Cup Water – 0 calories
1-2 lemon (rind and all!) – depends on size and how lemony you want it to be!  – 30 calories
1 Cup Frozen Spinach – 20 calories
2 Whole Cucumbers (with skin sliced up) – 100 calories
A few cubes of ice – 0 calories
A handful of mint leaves (or peppermint extract if you can’t get your hands on mint) – 0 calories
2 TBS Monk fruit sweetener – o calories
2 TBS Chia Seeds (mixed in after, not blended) – 120 calories

Total Calories for ~ 48 oz smoothie ( 270 calories)

 

As you can see, my favorite veggie combo is Cucumber and Spinach because they are relatively cheap and easy and I’m not offended by either flavor.   Other veggies that are great to add are celery (which personally I don’t like, but my husband loves), green peas, other greens (frozen or fresh), Broccoli, zucchini, and well pretty much anything.  I don’t suggest onions or bell peppers…but you know…whatever floats your boat.  Most green veggies are mild enough that you can flavor around them with your additives.   So have fun and play with it a bit!

I’d love to hear of any yummy smoothie recipes you create!  Please share!  Always looking to expand my lunch options!