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How can I make great low calorie smoothies?

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I just got a smoothie maker as a gift. I'd love to make some low cal smoothies. The problem I've run
into is that most recipes call for bananas and or
yogurt. I really dislike both, though I do like
frozen yogurt. Any ideas on how to leave out these
ingredients and still make a great smoothie?

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  1. Hmm, well this suggestion isn't going to work for you, but for anyone else reading along, here's krissywats's "Perfect Smoothie"

    1/4 cup of oatmeal, 'ground' into a powder in the blender
    Add in:
    1/2 cup of plain lowfat yogurt (organic!)
    1/4 cup of maple syrup (pure, of course)
    2 Tbls. of Natural Peanut Butter
    4 Tbls. of cocoa powder (adjust to taste, i like mine almost bitter chocolately)
    1 frozen banana (I take my browning bananas and freeze them in individual bags)
    five or six ice cubes
    1/2-3/4 cup of non-fat condensed milk (you could probably use regular milk, but I find this gives a better consistency and taste - I always keep two or three cans around)

    Mix!! Wonderful milkshake consistency.

    The oatmeal sounds weird but I started doing it when I was nursing (oatmeal boosts milk production) and it's a great way to get oatmeal into your diet, You don't taste it, but it enhances the texture of milk based smoothies. I haven't tried it with fruit smothies.

    Linda, try various combinations of frozen fruit and juice. Smoothies are so easy, once you get a feel for the proportion of fruit to juice, you can do pretty much anything. I don't use ice, only frozen fruit.

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    1. re: Chris VR

      This is a high cal smoothie with BOTH of the ingredients she hates...lol - kind of the dark side of her wish.

      1. re: snackish

        Well, hence my disclaimer that "this isn't going to work for you..." :-) There are lots of people reading along who might benefit from the suggestion, so I thought it still worthwhile to mention.

    2. The key to making low cal smoothies for me is lots of crushed or pulverized ice. You have to drink them before the ice melts and makes it watery, though.

      You might try non-fat dry milk powder with your other ingredients. Some people say silken tofu gives a good texture, but I haven't tried it.

      1. We live in an area with a lot of Hispanic immigrants - the grocery stores all carry Goya and Jumex fruit juices, which are all really more like somewhat thicker fruit nectars. Try those with a good amount of ice if you're lucky enough to have access to them - the Strawberry is my kids' favorite, the Guanabana is mine.

        1. While I have found that using frozen bananas makes for smoothie perfection, if you absolutely cannot abide them, other frozen fruit (peaches, nectarines, apricots, etc.) works well. For your liquid, try low fat soy milk or rice milk. Depending on how sweet your fruit is, add or don't add honey or maple syrup. I also like to use poached dates as a sweetener.

          1. i have no idea what the caloric content is, but i use soft/silken tofu to thicken them up. i know what you mean about bananas.

            1. i dont know if youd call this a smoothie, but its my favorite simple blender drink - great for large groups since its so easy - berries (i actually like good frozen ones in here), and club soda (or flavored club soda). A spash of rum is good in there too, but jacks up the calorie content. No sugar needed.

              1. Just know that smoothies are calorie-dense any way you slice, er, puree them. By pureeing a food you reduce its apparent volume. And if you use juice rather than whole fruit, you're making it even more calorie-dense. I guess one way to compensate for this is to have a smoothie as a meal in itself rather than as a snack or beverage.

                1. I freeze skim milk in an old ice cube tray. I use it for smoothies or a low(er) cal chocolate shake - blended cubes and chocolate syrup.

                  1. I put one carton of low carb vanilla yogurt (50 calories)with about 3 handfuls of whole frozen strawberries then cover the whole thing with Crystal Light lemonade. Blend! It makes about 32 oz. and is filling/delicious enough to be a meal. Enjoy my secret treat...

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                    1. re: boogie

                      i use crystal light too - either lemonade or fruit punch (i dont think crystal light makes fruit punch flavor, i think that ones a store brand), i freeze them in an ice cube tray and blend with berries. Or freeze a little at a time and scrape it, like a granita (which is way off topic, but guilt free and summer friendly).