Hungry Girl Goes... In Search of Smoothie Must-Haves!
Smoothies are delicious... but the ones you buy aren't always smart choices. The best way to make sure you're not consuming extra calories? D.I.Y.!
Blue Diamond Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
Not only is this just the best all-around milk swap ever, it's also really great in smoothies! It's super-low in calories but very flavorful... which is just how I like my blended drinks! Yum...
Each cup has 40 calories, 3g fat, 2g carbs, 1g fiber, and 1g protein.
PointsPlus™ value 1
Yoplait Light Fat Free Yogurt
Wanna add a thick, creamy base and a bunch of flavor super fast? Empty a container of this stuff into the blender with some frozen fruit and some ice, and boom! An amazingly flavorful, super-thick smoothie in no time. (Key Lime Pie yogurt is great blended up with some frozen pineapple!)
Each 6-oz. container has 100 - 110 calories, 0g fat, 19 - 20g carbs, 0g fiber, and 5 - 6g protein.
PointsPlus value 3 – 4
Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets Diet Hot Cocoa Packets
If you want some chocoliciousness (yeah, it's a word now) in your smoothie, this is definitely the way to go. Dissolve a packet in 1/4 cup of hot water in a glass. Add 1/2 cup of cold water, and transfer to the blender... then perhaps add some frozen strawberries and/or bananas?
Each packet has 25 calories, 0g fat, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, and 2g protein.
PointsPlus value 1
Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin
That's right – pumpkin. The stuff is a great way to sneak a bit of extra fiber into your otherwise fiber-light sipper. Plus, its thick texture makes it a perfect pick. Spoon some into a sweet desserty concoction for some added zazzle.
Each 1/2-cup serving has 40 calories, 0.5g fat, 9g carbs, 5g fiber, and 2g protein.
PointsPlus value 1
I've been pretty big on Splenda for a LONG time, but with all these new stevia-based sweeteners on the market, I've been branching out a little. And guess what? This is the best one I've tried. And a packet of this stuff (or two if you're a sweet freak) can make a BIG difference in your homemade smoothie!
Each packet has 0 calories, 0g fat, 3g carbs, 0g fiber, and 0g protein.
PointsPlus value 0
Assorted unsweetened frozen fruit
Bananas (slice before you freeze!)
Other fun add-ins
Whey protein powder
Sugar-free calorie-free flavored syrups
Mini chocolate chips (use sparingly!)
Matcha green tea powder
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