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I have always loved smoothies.  I frequent the Whole Food Market Juice Bar for the Berry Nutritious smoothie.  It has  strawberries, blueberries, bananas, kale, coconut shreds, flax seeds and hemp milk.  It is truly yummy.

Smoothies can be made from whatever ingredients you like (fruits, vegetables, protein powders, supplements, yogurt, etc…) or have on hand.  Blending the entire fruit provides all the fiber, juice, and vitamins as opposed to juicing which only provides the juice (and all the sugar).

Smoothies can be your breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  Be careful with using fruit juices because they contain large amounts of sugar with no accompanying fiber.  Hemp milk is awesome, Almond milk is also a great choice.  These non-dairy milks provide protein and nutrients without the sugar or dairy.

Yes, there is a common point here: Sugar is bad. Yes, fruits have natural sugars, but excess fructose (sugar found in fruit) will still thwart any weight loss goals and cause fat storage if ingested in large amounts.

Here are some smoothie recipes from Skinnytaste.com.  Happy blending!

Triple Berry Smoothie

Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries blended with yogurt and ice. I’m a berry lover, so the fact that they are good for you is a bonus. This smoothie is low in calories, rich in vitamin C and loaded with cancer preventing flavonoids and phytochemicals. Drink up!!

Triple Berry Smoothie
Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 2 • Serving Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 2 pt 
Calories: 68.4 • Fat: 0.4 g • Protein: 3.3 g • Carb: 12.9 g • Fiber: 3.1 g 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup blackberries and raspberries
  • 5 medium strawberries
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 6 oz WW berries and cream nonfat yogurt
Directions:
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve with a straw.

Very Blueberry Smoothie

As the summer gets closer I had a request to make some low point fruit smoothies. This will be smoothie week!! A great way to get your recommended daily fruit intake. Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, fiber and high in vitamin C. Enjoy!

Very Blueberry Smoothie
Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 2 • Serving Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 2 pt 
Calories: 80.5 • Fat: 0.0 g • Protein: 3.4 g • Carb: 16.2 g • Fiber: 3.0 g 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 6 oz WW blueberry nonfat yogurt
Directions:
Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve with a straw.

Skinny Green Tropical Smoothie

A tropical green smoothie made with pineapple, shredded coconut and bananas, then blended with spinach, light coconut milk and Greek yogurt. High in Vitamin A, B-6, C, Manganese and fiber.

I’ve been really addicted to green smoothies since I first tried them, some of you may remember the Skinny Green Monster made with spinach bananas and peanut butter… so good! I got my friends and family members hooked in it too! It’s amazing how you can’t taste the spinach, and every time I have one I try making it different.

This tropical version has been on my mind for some time, I just love the combination of pineapple and coconut, and the sweet bits of shredded coconut give each sip an Island flair. I’ve also added mango, flax seeds, papaya would be good too! You can leave the yogurt out and add a bit more coconut milk to make it dairy-free. Enjoy!!

Skinny Green Tropical Smoothie
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 2 • Serving Size: 1 3/4 cups • Old Points: 4 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 228 • Fat: 7.7 g • Protein: 10.2 g • Carb: 30.2 g • Fiber: 3.9 g • Sugar:19.4 g
Sodium: 70.5 mg


Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup light coconut milk
  • 6 oz fat free Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
  • 1 ripe medium banana
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 tbsp sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/4 cups ice

Directions:

Put everything into the blender and blend until smooth. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.

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