Smoothies can be a great meal replacement if you are trying to drop weight or simply a great morning or afternoon snack. In a pinch, they can also assuage a sharp craving for something sweet and fattening that is probably much less healthy for you. Go ahead and test out some of these delicious substitutes for high-calorie meals or snacks and try incorporating them into your daily menu.
Strawberry-Banana Breakfast Smoothie
How about a breakfast that has 0 fat and 7 grams of protein to get your day going? This strawberry-banana treat is quick to whip up and is sure to put a spring in your step. Just add 1 cup of orange juice, 1/2 banana, 10 fresh strawberries, 3 tbsp. of nonfat dry milk powder and 3 ice cubes into a blender and process until smooth.
Blueberries are packed with nutrients and are tops over all fruits and vegetables in their antioxidant capabilities. With only 1.6 grams of fat and 124 calories, try this delicious blast of berries and banana to start your day out right. Blend 1 cup soy milk with 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 of a frozen banana, 2 tsp. of sugar or 2 packs artificial sweetener and 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract. Blend for 30 seconds until smooth; add up to 1/4 cup more milk if you prefer a thinner smoothie.
This sweet surprise packs a lot of protein in one drink, nearly 13 grams and is well under 300 calories. You will need 1 cup of light or low fat yogurt and 6 ice cubes. Blend or pulse until the ice is in large chunks then add 1 cup of pineapple chunks and whip until smooth. This recipe is super sweet and delicious, almost like ice cream.
This refreshing smoothie has less than a half a gram of fat, no cholesterol and only 86 calories. Just combine 1 1/4 cups of cold apple juice, 1 sliced kiwi, 5 frozen strawberries, 1 banana and 1 1/2 tsp. of honey. Blend until smooth and enjoy.
Take a bit of a vacation with this low-fat tropical fruit smoothie, which uses the exotic taste of mango and a dash of pina colada mix to give it an islander's flair. Just blend together 1/2 mango, 1/2 frozen banana, 4 frozen strawberries, 2 tsp. frozen pina colada mix, 6 ice cubes and 1 1/4 cup cold water.