Peppermint Smoothie

peppermint smoothie

Ingredients:

2 cups of low-fat frozen vanilla yogurt
2 cups of 1% milk
2 tbs crushed peppermint candy or 1 teaspoon real peppermint extract
1 1/2 cups of ice

optional crushed peppermint and candy cane for garnish

Directions:

Add to a blender and create your Peppermint Smoothie! You may need to blend a little longer to get the peppermint candy pulverized.

Blueberry Cheescake Smoothie

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Frozen Blueberries (can also use fresh, but you’ll want to add ice to make it thicker)
1 cup low fat Milk
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup low fat and low sodium Cottage Cheese (I use 1%)
1/2 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (if using as a meal replacement or post workout drink)

Directions:

If using, put protein powder in the blender first.
Add the rest of the ingredients in order
Blend until smooth.

Tropical Fruit Smoothie

tropical fruit

With summer upon us, I thought I’d liven up the joint with some seasonal tropical fruit ideas.

Ingredients:

1 c. pineapple
1 med banana
1/2 c. mango
1/4 c. papaya
3/4 c. nonfat plain yogurt
1/2 water
1/3 c. frozen orange juice (I use 5 alive myself)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (if using as meal replacement or post workout drink)

Directions:

blend together frozen juice, water, and fruit
add protein powder and yogurt
blend until smooth and creamy

Vanilla Almond Smoothie

vanilla-almond-smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tsp honey
1 cup almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 c ice

Directions:

Blend until smooth

Optional: I have been known to substitute powdered almonds for the extract and protein powder. About 2 tablespoons almonds and omit the extract and protein powder.

 

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Cauliflower and Cabbage Smoothie

cauliflower smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup skim milk
1/2 large banana
3/4 cup frozen Mango or Papaya
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
3/4 cup cauliflower floretts
3/4 cup shredded cabbage
3 Tbsp. Vanilla Protein Powder
2 T. Flax seed (powdered, or you can use oil but oil wont add fiber). Optional, for Vitamin B, fiber, antioxidants, omega 3 benefits.

Directions:

Add milk, banana, and veggies to blender and whirl until chopped up well.
Add Yogurt and blend.
Add Mango and blend
Add Protein powder and flax seed and blend until smooth.

Valentine Chocolate-Cherry Smoothie

valentine cherries

Makes a single serving, double recipe to share.

Ingredients:

3/4 c frozen (not thawed) sweet cherries
1/2 c vanilla yogurt
1/4 c skim milk
1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
ice if needed

Directions

In blender, combine the cherries, yogurt, milk, cocoa and ice cubes.
Blend on high speed or ice-crush setting for 30 to 60 seconds, or until smooth. Pour into a glass. Serve immediately.

Calories: 160

Refreshing Peach Smoothie

peach smoothie

The best thing about peach smoothies is that whether you use fresh, canned, or frozen peaches the smoothie still tastes great!

Ingredients:

1 large peach
1/2 c. vanilla or peach yogurt
1/2. skim milk
ice to taste

Directions:

Pit and peel the peach (you can leave the skin on but it might not blend as smooth) and slice.
Place all ingredients into blender and blend on low until mixed and then high until smooth.

For a great dessert option, substitute low fat vanilla ice cream, frozen yogurt, or sorbet for the yogurt and omit the ice.