It’s easy to feel virtuous when you have a smoothie for breakfast or for an afternoon snack, but not all them qualify as healthy. In fact, many smoothies, especially those you buy at juice bars, contain several hundred, even up to a thousand calories in one cup. You know why that’s a problem, right? Yep! Too many calories equal unhealthy weight gain. Fortunately, making your own smoothies makes it easy to blend up a healthy cup full of deliciousness. Each of these recipes contains less than 100 calories! Enjoy!
1. 50 Calorie Smoothie
What could be better than a smoothie that contains only 50 calories? Not much. This smoothie is full of flavor, but low in calories so you can enjoy it for a snack or with your meal without undoing all of your hard work to lose weight.
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
½ cup frozen mixed berries
Place a small bit of orange juice in the blender. Add the yogurt and berries and blend until smooth.
2. Avocado Smoothie
Avocados are really healthy and they give a smoothie a great smooth consistency that complements lots of other ingredients. Adding an avocado to your smoothie increases your intake of healthy fats and fiber, which satisfies appetite without overdoing it on calories.
1 ½ cups milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 ice cubes
Combine the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
3. Orange Sunshine Smoothie
Here’s a delicious smoothie that is perfect for waking you up in the morning. The orange boosts your vitamin C intake, which is great for your health and the flavor combination will make you feel like you’re indulging. That’s something you can feel good about!
½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
¼ plain yogurt, fat-free
½ cup crushed ice
1 tablespoons Splenda
Blend the ingredients together for about 30 seconds.
4. Passion Peach Smoothie
Just a sip of this heavenly concoction will make you feel like you’re on vacation. The tropical flavor is ideal for making you feel like you’re cheating, but this smoothie weighs in at under 100 calories so you can do so, totally guilt-free. Yay!
1 cup passion fruit nectar
2 cups peaches, peeled and sliced
8 ounces fat-free vanilla flavored yogurt
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
Place the ingredients in a blender and add a few ice cubes. Blend until smooth and creamy.
5. Fruit Melody Smoothie
If you like the flavor of many fruits blended together, you will love this tasty smoothie. It’s loaded with nutrients and has a taste that really can’t be beat. This one will probably be your new favorite after just one sip.
¼ cup spinach
¼ cup water
1 kiwi, peeled
1 peach, peeled and pitted
1 teaspoon Stevia
1 scoop vanilla flavored protein powder
5 ice cubes
Puree the spinach and water until smooth and well blended. Add the remaining ingredients and whirl until smooth.
6. Fruity Green Tea Smoothie
Green tea has so many health benefits, from antioxidants to stress relief. Adding it to a smoothie is a genius idea I wish I would have thought of. Blend it with some fruit and you have a smoothie that beats all the others, hands down.
1 cup boiling water
4 green tea with mandarin tea bags
2 teaspoons sugar
½ cup ice cubes
Steep the tea bags in the boiling water for about 2 minutes. Remove the tea bags, add the sugar and refrigerate until cold. Place the tea, banana and ice cubes in the blender and puree until smooth.
7. Hawaiian Smoothie
What could be better than tropical treat straight from Hawaii? If you want to down a smoothie that tastes like a creamy delight, but that is really good for you, this is the one for you. You’ll love it!
1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
½ cup papaya, peeled and chopped
¼ guava nectar
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 teaspoon grenadine
½ cup ice
Place all the ingredients in the blender and whirl until smooth and well combined.
8. Skinny Pumpkin Smoothie
Yes, you can enjoy pumpkin pie even if you are trying to lose some weight. This smoothie is easy to make and tastes really great too!
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons nonfat soy milk
1 teaspoon Truvia
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/16 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/16 ground ginger
1 1/2 cups ice cubes
Place all the ingredients except the ice into a blender and combine well. Add the ice and blend until smooth.
9. Strawberry Banana Smoothie
At only 84 calories, you can really enjoy this smoothie without any guilt. The fruity flavor is heaven to your tastebuds.
2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
1 banana, peeled
10 ounces plain nonfat Greek yogurt
2 cups crushed ice
Place strawberries, banana and yogurt in blender container. Pulse until fruit is well blended, scraping sides of container, if necessary. Add ice, pulse until that is well blended. Pour and top with 2 tablespoons whipped topping per glass.
10. Kale Smoothie
If you're a fan of green smoothies, you will love this one. Clocking in at under 100 calories, it's also perfect for a weight loss plan.
1 cup loosely packed kale, stems removed and chopped
1 cup ice cubes
1/2 apple, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup almond milk
Place all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Serve immediately.
Which one do you want to try first? What other yummy combinations would you recommend?