Taste is Relative, Health is Not

Taste is relative. What I find good tasting you might not and vice versa. But that shouldn’t stop a smoothie connoisseur from trying! When it comes to heath and weight loss, vitamins are important so I encourage my readers (and myself) to always include the following in all fruit smoothies.

1. 2 T. Acai berry juice

2. Banana

3. Yogurt or milk

4. strawberries or watermelon

5. Protein powder

These ingredients guarantee several important vitamins, potassium, protein, antioxidants, and calcium and help you to start your day full and with lots of energy.

Sugar Free Strawberry Smoothie

For phenomenal taste and low calories check out this strawberry smoothie.

1 8 ounce carton of plain nonfat yogurt or 1 cup sugar free ice milk
1/4 cups skim milk
3 packets equal or 1 teaspoon splenda or 2t. honey
3 cups frozen strawberries
1 cup ice cubes

In a blender container combine yogurt, milk, and equal. With the blender running, add berries a few at a time through opening in lid.

Blend until smooth, then add ice cubes one at a time through opening in lid, blending until slushy. Pour into glasses.

Per 16oz glass

Calories: 188  Carbs: 55g  Fat: 2.7g  Protein: 2.2g

High Protein Tofu Fruit Smoothie

A source of high energy and low fat, tofu is used by vegans worldwide to replace meat as a protein source.

This is also a incredibly satisfying and flavorful post workout drink.

1/2 cups apple juice
1/2 cups frozen vanilla nonfat yogurt, or any flavor of sorbet
4 ounces (1/2 cup) soft tofu, drained
1 cup fresh or frozen sliced strawberries or peaches
1 banana, peeled and broken into chunks
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 cups ice cubes
Fresh whole berries for garnish (optional)

Place all ingredients into container of electric blender. Blend on high until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Per 16oz glass
Calories: 212 Carbs: 44g Fat: 1.9g Protein: 11.5g

Basic Fruit Smoothie

Smoothies are a tasty and healthy way to get much of your daily requirement for fruit (and often calcium, veggies, and protein as well).

With more and more studies proving that many multi-vitamin pills are next to worthless, a smoothie is a wonderful way to start your day!

1 quarter strawberries, hulled
1 banana, broken into chunks
2 peaches
1 cup orange or peach or mango or apple juice
2 cups ice
In a blender combine strawberries, banana and peaches. Blend until fruit is pureed. Blend in the juice. Add ice and blend to desired consistency. Pour into glasses and serve.

Add 1/4 cup of protein powder to this smoothie for a healthy meal or post workout drink anytime.

For an optimal health boost add 3 tablespoons of acai berry juice. This adds an extraordinary amount of antioxidants as well as helping as a mild appetite suppressant. Even better, is there are no known side effects from this fruit. If you have an allergy to fruits, you might want to check with your doctor.

Per 16oz glass
Calories: 210 Carbs: 77g Fat: 8.8g Protein: 2.4g

Smoothie Power Shake

Cantaloupe has been proven to be an excellent source of Vitamins A, B6 and C, and potassium. It’s also a very good source of dietary fiber, folate, niacin, and thiamine. In addition, studies have concluded that cantaloupe SOD extract promotes cellular antioxidant activity and strengthens your cells against cellular decay.

1 cup nonfat milk
1/2 cups orange juice
1 banana
1/2 cups cantaloupe
1 tablespoon peanut butter or 2 Tablespoons protein powder
1/2 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen (without sugar)
Put all ingredients in blender. Set to blend. Blend

Per 16oz Glass

Calories: 505  Carbs: 34g  Fat: 3.2g  Protein: 11.8g