Low Calorie Smoothie Recipes

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These low calorie smoothie recipes will teach you how to make a low calorie smoothie as part of a weight loss or just in a healthy diet. Many people quickly learn that losing weight isn’t just about watching your fat intake – it has a lot to do with making sure your overall calorie intake is less than what you burn each day through your daily activities and any exercise you may do. Making low calorie smoothies will help you keep track of you calorie intake versus calorie use, and keep you on the right side of the equation for the purposes of slimming down. Share your low calorie smoothies below for others to try.

How to Measure Calories in a Smoothie
Obviously, to create a low calorie smoothie you need to know how to figure out how many calories are in the finished product. You can do this by figuring out how many calories are contained in each of the ingredients you put in the smoothie. For packaged ingredients like yogurt, this should be easy – the packaging should have dietary information that includes the number of calories per serving. You can then figure out how many calories are in the amount of yogurt you use in the smoothie.

For other ingredients in the smoothie, such as fruit, you’ll have to use a bit of estimation and guesswork – after all, it’s hard to find an apple with the full dietary information written on the side (and would you want to eat it anyway?) Luckily, it’s fairly easy to find out the average calorie count in various fruits and vegetables to give you a rough idea of how many calories are in the smoothie overall. Refer to the information below for some particularly low-calorie fruits and vegetables which taste great in a smoothie.

Low Calorie Smoothie Ingredients
The types of fruit you choose to put in the smoothie will have an impact on the calorie count, as different fruits contain vastly different energy levels. The average apricot, for examples, contains only about 16 calories – this makes it an excellent choice as the base for a low-calorie smoothie.

Watermelons and grapefruit are also great candidates for a low-calorie smoothie. Half a cup of fresh watermelon contains only around 25 calories. A medium-sized grapefruit contains about 35 calories altogether. Strawberries are also appealing, being both sweet and low in calories – half a cup of strawberries contains around 23 calories. Honeydew melon, plums, apples and papayas are also good choices for a low-calorie drink, each containing between 25 and 30 calories per half cup.

Blueberries, while they provide many health benefits due to the nutrients they contain, are also amongst the highest-calorie fruits. Dried fruits such as raisins, dates and prunes are also relatively high in calories.

Be aware also of where the fruit you’re using actually comes from. If it’s from a can and soaked in syrup, the calorie count is likely to be much higher than the figures given here. Generally, you’re best to use fresh fruit without any additives or sweeteners.

Low Calorie Smoothie Recipes

Blueberry Smoothie
small container fat free blueberry yogurt
1 Cup blueberries
5-6 ice cubes
Put the ingredients in your blender and blend well.

 

Banana Smoothie
1 banana, cut in chunks
1 Cup orange juice or other flavored juice
1 Cup plain or other flavored fat free yogurt
Put the ingredients in your blender and blend well.

 

Apricot Orange Smoothie
1 orange, peeled and sectioned
1 apricot, halved
1 Cup skim milk
1 Cup orange juice
Put the ingredients in your blender and blend well.

 

Strawberry Mango Smoothie
1 Cup orange juice
5-6 strawberries
1 mango cut in slices
dash cinnamon
5-6 ice cubes
Put the ingredients in your blender and blend well.

More low calorie smoothie recipes can be found on our green smoothies and low fat smoothie recipe pages.

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