Low Calorie Smoothie

Low Calorie Smoothie

Healthy Low Calorie Smoothie

A Low Calorie Smoothie is a natural “gotta have”.  I mean, everyone loves smoothies, and 98% of us are on some sort of diet.

So what is a low calorie smoothie?  The most recognized low calorie smoothie on the market is the RightSize Smoothie.  It rings in at 100 calories per serving.  By comparison, a large Strawberry Banana Smoothie from McDonalds weighs in at 330 calories.

No one wants to sacrifice flavor or that thick, smooth texture just to save a few calories.  We won’t do that to you either!  Check out the methods we’ve come up with for creating a low calorie smoothie.

Creating a Low Calorie Smoothie

There are several ways to keep the calories down in your smoothie, such as:

  • Limiting added sweeteners
  • Replacing some contents with lower-calorie alternatives
  • Adding low calorie fillers to increase the quantity without increasing calories
  • Portion control

Sweetening Your Low Calorie Smoothie

Most smoothies don’t need sweetening.  The natural sugars in the fruits that make up the average smoothie are plenty sweet on their own.

The easiest way to keep calories down is to just not add any.  So don’t, unless you need to.

If you do need to add a sweetener, you can use a low calorie sweetener instead of sugar.

A low-calorie sweetener provides consumers with a sweet taste without the calories or carbohydrates that come with sugar and other caloric sweeteners. Some low-calorie sweeteners, such as aspartame, are “nutritive,” but are low in calories because of their intense sweetness. For example, because aspartame is 180 times sweeter than sucrose, the amounts needed to achieve the desired sweetness are so small that aspartame is considered virtually non-caloric. Many non-nutritive sweeteners, such as saccharin, are non-caloric because they are not metabolized and pass through the body unchanged. Currently, acesulfame potassium, aspartame, saccharin and sucralose are the only available low-calorie sweeteners in the United States. (From CalorieControl.org)

Remodel Your Low Calorie Smoothie

You can turn a normal smoothie into a low calorie smoothie by taking out some of the high calorie fruits and replacing them with lower calorie fruits or vegetables.  Before you can do that, you need to know what fruits are high in sugars and calories, and which make good substitutes.

  • Very high in calories: Bananas, Mangos, Pomegranates, Figs, Cherries and Tangerines.
  • Fairly high in calories:  Oranges, Kiwi, Plums, Pears and Pineapple.
  • Medium calorie range:  Grapefruit, Apricots, Apples, Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Strawberries, Blueberries, Papaya, Peaches, Watermelon, Nectarines, Casaba Melon
  • Low calorie fruits:  Raspberries, Blackberries, Cranberries

Good vegetable substitutes for use in making a low calorie smoothie include:  Celery, Cucumbers, Baby Spinach, Carrots, Tomatoes and Wheatgrass.  These are all fairly moderate in flavor.  Stronger flavored veggies include broccoli and kale.

You can also substitute low- or no-fat milk for whole milk, water for fruit juices, and similar liquid swaps.

Bulk Up That Low Calorie Smoothie

The easiest way to stretch the calories in a smoothie is to add a low-calorie filler.  In the case of a low calorie smoothie, there is nothing with less calories than ice.

While most smoothie recipes recommend that you start with frozen fruits, it can actually benefit you to use fresh fruit if you are hoping for low calories.  Adding ice cubes to frozen fruits can turn your smoothie into a block of ice fruit.  But adding ice cubes to fresh fruit thickens the smoothie after a few minutes in the blender.

Too much ice can cause your smoothie to taste watery, so you don’t want to go overboard with this method.  You’ll want to make sure you taste the smoothie while checking on the thickness at the same time. Eventually, you can find a good balance of flavor and consistency.

The 100 Calorie Smoothie

Getting a smoothie down to 100 calories is simple.  Just use the trick that marketers across the country do.   I mean, do you really think those 100 calorie packs of Oreo cookies are low-cal?  Just shrink the size of the portion down, and you are there!

That large McDonalds smoothie I spoke of earlier is a 22-ounce smoothie.  Each ounce is 15 calories.  So a 100-calorie smoothie has to be about 6 ounces.    Their small smoothie is 12-ounces.  That just means that it is two portions of 100 calories, not one portion of 210 calories.

When you make a smoothie at home, you can simply add the calories of the ‘batch’ to decide how many 100-calorie portions it makes.

With a little work, creativity and planning, you can make a healthy low calorie smoothie that tastes great and is thick and smoothie — and that is pure magic!

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Right Size Smoothie: Diet Smoothie?

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A Tub of Right Size Smoothie Mix

Is a Right Size Smoothie Right for You?

Right Size Smoothie advertisements promote it as a Diet Smoothie. But is it the right smoothie for you?

Right Size comes in containers that, when prepared as shown, produce a 100 calorie smoothie. Is that a low-calorie smoothie? Just glancing a some Yoplait Smoothie Packets in my freezer show that they end up at 110 calories per serving (prepared). That means Right Size is 10% less in calories than a Yoplait Smoothie. Not bad!

Right Size Smoothie Advantages

Not only do Right Size Smoothies have less calories than Yoplait, they also have more protein (9g versus 2 g). Protein is an important nutrient for building muscle.

Additionally, although they have less Carbohydrates (11g versus 14g), a Right Size Smoothie has more dietary fiber (3g versus 2g) and less sugar (5g versus 10g) than Yoplait Smoothies do. Carbohydrates are an important source of energy. Fiber is a carbohydrate that helps you feel full and aids in processing waste through your digestive system.

Disadvantages of Right Size Smoothie

There are three main disadvantages a Right Size Smoothie may be considered to have.

  1. A Right Size Smoothie has a bit more fat than Yoplait (2.5g versus 1.5g), yet neither has any saturated fats.
  2. Right Size Smoothies have far more sodium than Yoplait (95mg versus 30mg).
  3. Right Size is made from a powder mix, while Yoplait is made from frozen fresh fruit and yogurt.

Learn more about the Smoothie Diet or Right Size Smoothies.

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Enjoy a Right Size Smoothie Today!

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Slim Fast Smoothie

Slim Fast Smoothie Video Review

Here’s a great review on the entire Slim Fast Smoothie product line.  Brandy does an outstanding job in this review!

I’ll be honest… a few years ago, I wouldn’t have recommended a Slim Fast Smoothie for the life of me.  They were known for putting a sugary drink in a can, and making it sound healthy.

That’s not the case any more.

With their 3-2-1 Diet Plan and tasty smoothies, the plan really makes sense to me now.  Two smoothies, one healthy whole food meal, and three  snacks per day.  The caloric intake for the day fits the diet of most women.  Men may need to add a bit more.

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Chocolate Royale Slim Fast Smoothie Mix

Slim Fast Smoothie Calories

Slim Fast Smoothies come in two different packages:

  • Pre-mixed canned shakes
  • Smoothie Mix Powder

All the Slim Fast Smoothie Powder Mixes are formulated to make a smoothie with 200 calories, after adding 8-ounces of fat-free milk.

The Pre-Mixed canned shakes vary from 180* to 190 calories per can.

(*French Vanilla, Strawberries N’ Cream, and Lower Carb Vanilla Cream)

Slim Fast Smoothie Flavors

Slim Fast Smoothie flavors are as good and varied as can be.  Here is a brief summary of the flavors in each product line:

Pre-Mixed Cans
  • Cappuccino Delight — A smooth and silky cappuccino indulgence
  • French Vanilla — A sweet and creamy vanilla classic
  • Creamy Milk Chocolate — A sweet and creamy chocolate classic
  • Rich Chocolate Royale — A rich, decadent chocolate delight
  • Strawberries N’ Cream — A thick, refreshing strawberry delight
  • Lower Carb Creamy Chocolate — A sweet, satisfying shake with fewer carbs
  • Lower Carb Vanilla Cream — A sweet, satisfying shake with fewer carbs
  • High Protein Extra Creamy Chocolate — A rich shake with extra protein
Smoothie Mix Powder
  • Chocolate Royale — A rich, decadent chocolate delight
  • French Vanilla — A sweet, creamy vanilla indulgence
  • Milk Chocolate — A sweet and creamy chocolate classic
  • Strawberry Supreme — A thick, refreshing strawberry sensation
  • High Protein Creamy Vanilla — A sweet, creamy shake with extra protein
  • High Protein Creamy Chocolate — A rich chocolate shake with extra protein

Slim Fast Smoothie 3-2-1 Diet Plan

Hey!  They don’t call it the 3-2-1 Diet Plan for nothing!

It starts with 3 (that’s three, get it?) healthy 100-calorie snacks, spaced throughout the day and consisting of:

  • A Slim Fast Snack Bar  or
  • Fruit: Apple, Banana, Cantaloupe, Orange or Pear  or
  • Veggies:  Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery or Tomatoes  or
  • Nuts:  Almonds, Cashews, Peanuts, Walnuts or Pistachios

Then you fill in with 2 (two, understand?) Slim Fast Smoothie Shakes, one at breakfast and another at lunch.

You finish off with 1 (yep, that’s one) healthy whole food meal for dinner.  You can get a bit creative here, but the general proportion of vegetables to carbohydrates to proteins should be 2:1:1.  You’ll want to stay away from fats, sugars, and starchy foods if you can.

Here a sample shopping list for dinners:

Vegetables:  Spinach, carrots, coleslaw mix, broccoli, bean sprouts, cauliflower, cucumber, peppers, romaine lettuce, tomato, onion, zuchini, kidney beans, mixed frozen vegetables

Carbohydrates:  Apples, applesauce, apricots, bananas, canned mixed fruit (light syrup), canned peaches (light syrup), grapes, nectarines, oranges, pears, plums, strawberries, brown rice, lasagna noodles, whole-wheat tortillas, spaghetti, whole-wheat rolls

Proteins:  Cod, eggs, halibut, flank steak, lean ground beef, low-fat cheeses, skinless chicken

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