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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sweet Treats Saturday: Fruit Smoothies

Sometimes, there's only so much straight sugar I can take (wait, who am I kidding?). Those days, when I'm feeling just a bit guilty, I make myself a fruit smoothie.  While the average fruit smoothie can be deceptively high in calories, I've found some methods that make some delicious, lower calorie smoothies.  I also like to sneak these in during cold season to get an extra boost of vitamins.

Fruit Smoothie
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup water
1 cup strawberries
1 small banana (or half a banana)
1/2 cup chopped mango
1/2 cup chopped pineapple

You can use any fruit combinations that you like. This is one of my favorites and I can usually find all of them frozen into smoothie size bits at my local grocery store or Trader Joe's.  If you are using frozen fruits, you don't need to add any ice.  If you aren't, you may want to add a cup of crushed ice until your smoothie is the right temperature.  I like to add a cup of water to the smoothie to cut back on the amount of fruit juice needed as this can be a lot of additional calories and sugar.

What's your favorite fruit combination?


  1. Mmm, this combination sounds yummy! I like to freeze the too ripe to eat bananas (peeled and wrapped in saran wrap), so they are ready to pop into a smoothie!

  2. I do that with my bananas too! I'm so bad at eating them before they go ripe that it's been my way to preserve them and make sure they're used. Another favorite recipe is:

    1 cup strawberries
    1 small banana
    1/2 cup blueberries
    1/4 cup granola (ex. Trader Joe's bagged)
    1 tbsp peanut butter
    1/2 cup orange juice
    1 cup water

    It's sooo good and very filling.


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