Low Fat Smoothie Recipes

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Learning how to make low fat smoothie recipes is an excellent decision if you’re aiming to lose weight. Smoothies are a fun and delicious way to get essential nutrients into your body without taking in a whole lot of sugar or saturated fat. But, of course, you need to use the right ingredients in the right quantities for a true low-fat smoothie. On top of that, you need to be aware that it isn’t just the fat content in the food you eat that can lead to an increase in your weight. Share your low fat smoothies below for others to try.

Ingredients for a Low Fat Smoothie
Many smoothie enthusiasts love to use milk and yogurt in their smoothies. While both of these foods contain some essential nutrients, they can also come with a price tag in terms of fat content. Opt for low fat milk and low fat yogurt, or look at cutting milk out of your smoothies altogether. A great low-fat smoothie option involves just using one or two types of frozen fruits plus some yogurt. If you want to be really strict, you can just use fruit and crushed ice, although you will find this somewhat less flavorsome than a smoothie with yogurt.

Instructions for Making the Smoothie
Once you’ve chosen your ingredients, the rest is simple. Make sure the fruit you have selected is clean – it’s best to wash it just in case as many store-bought fruits are coated with pesticides. Cut up your chosen fruit into small pieces to make blending easier. Combine the ingredients in the blender, and blend until the smoothie reaches the consistency you want. You can drink the smoothie straight from the blender cup or pour it into a glass. Then enjoy!

The Sugar Factor
Now here’s a secret that many people never learn, and it’s largely responsible for the ongoing struggle against weight gain. You can keep yourself on a strict low-fat diet, but if you stuff yourself with high-sugar foods you can still gain weight. What most people don’t understand is this: it’s not just the fat intake of your diet that determines how much fat your body will actually store. Sugar operates as a great fuel for the body, but when you take in too much at any given time, that sugar will be converted by your body into fat and stored for later use.

This is a survival mechanism – hundreds of thousands of years ago, humans couldn’t just head down to the supermarket whenever they wanted to. So the body developed a system for storing extra energy when lots of food was available. This is very handy when you’re a caveman, but not so handy when you live in a world of Pop Tarts, ice cream and chocolate.

With most fresh fruits, this isn’t an issue as the sugars they contain are unrefined. However, many highly processed fruit juices contain artificial and refined sugars – these are to be avoided if losing weight is your goal.

Low Fat Smoothie Recipes

Fat Free Cantaloupe Smoothie
1/2 cantaloupe cut in chunks
1 Cup skim milk
5-6 strawberries
1 Cup plain yogurt
5-6 ice cubes
Blend until smooth.

Pure Fruit Smoothie
1 Cup watermelon
1 Cup honeydew melon
1 peach, cut in slices
1 Cup mango slices
5-6 Cup strawberries
1 Cup 100% juice
Combine ingredients together in blender and blend until smooth.

Banana Smoothie
1 small container fat free yogurt
1 banana, cut in chunks
1 Cup strawberries or blueberries
1 Cup skim milk
5-6 ice cubes
Blend until smooth.

Easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie
1 banana, cut in slices
5-6 strawberries
small container fat free or low fat strawberry yogurt
5-6 ice cubes
Combine ingredients together in blender and blend until smooth.

Mixed Fruit Smoothie
1 peach, cut in slices
1 banana, cut in chunks
5-6 strawberries
1 Cup skim milk
1/4 Cup orange juice
5-6 ice cubes
Combine ingredients together in blender and blend until smooth.

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

Low Fat Smoothie Recipes!

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