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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Healthy Smoothie Info

Raspberry Strawberry Blackberry Smoothie
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1 cup almond milk
ice cubes
Raspberry Strawberry Smoothie
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1 cup almond milk
ice cubes
Spinach Romaine Banana Ginger Smoothie
handful romaine lettuce
handful of spinach
1 frozen banana
small piece of ginger
stevia to sweeten
1-2 cups water
Strawberry Melon
Lettuce Smoothie

10 large leaves of romaine lettuce
1 cup ripe cantaloupe slices
1 cup strawberries, frozen
stevia to sweeten
6 ice cubes
Strawberry Raspberry Pineapple Smoothie
1 cup strawberries
1 cup raspberries
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
ice cubes
Strawberry Watermelon
Mint Smoothie

1/2 cup strawberries
2 cup watermelon
2 mint leaves, chopped
stevia to sweeten
Banana Cantaloupe Smoothie
1 cup cantaloupe
1 ripe banana
1 cup almond milk
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
1 cup strawberries, frozen
1 frozen, ripe banana
stevia to sweeten
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup water
3-6 ice cubes
Strawberry Raspberry
Banana Smoothie

1 frozen ripe banana
3/4 cup strawberries, frozen
1/2 cup raspberries, frozen
stevia to sweeten
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup water
Pineapple Banana Parsley Green Smoothie
1/2 cup fresh pineapple
1/2 frozen banana
1/2 cup parsley
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 cup water or ice
Strawberry Melon
Mint Smoothie 

2 cups watermelon
1/2 cup strawberries
2 mint leaves, chopped
stevia to sweeten
Banana Cantaloupe
Green Smoothie

1/2 sliced cantaloupe melon
1 frozen sliced banana
12oz almond milk
handful of chopped spinach
Blueberry Banana Smoothie
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup blueberries
stevia to sweeten
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup water
3-6 ice cubes


Best Ingredients to Use
for Low Carb Smoothie Recipes

Smoothie recipes are made up of three primary types of ingredients: a liquid base, fruits and vegetables. Let's take a look at each one individually.
Most smoothie recipes call for a liquid ingredient to allow the solid components to move around inside the blender and give your smoothie the right thickness. The beverage you choose will largely determine how healthy your smoothie turns out. 
Liquid starters. Water can be used as a base for your low carb smoothie; it has the lowest amount of carbs of all — zero. Then there's milk, yogurt or some type of dairy-free milk substitute such as almond milk, soy milk, rice milk and others. You can find some of these products with as little as 2 grams of carbs in an eight ounce serving; check the nutritional label on the package. To discover the pros and cons of each one, see my page on how to make a smoothie the healthy way.
You'll want to avoid using fruit juices as a starter for your low carb smoothie recipes, since they're typically very high in carb counts and have no fiber.
Green leafy vegetables are popular ingredients for low carb smoothie recipes. Spinach and kale, for example, have just seven grams of carbs per cup. Leafy greens are harder to pulverize into a smooth consistency, so you may need a high-power blender, such as a Vitamix or BlendTec, if you use these ingredients.
Fruits. The bulk of the carb content in your low carb smoothies will come from the fruits you add to your smoothie. If you want to keep your carb count low, use the least amount of fruit you can. Berries, melons, peaches and papaya contain the lowest levels of carbs among fruits.
The table above lists the calorie, carb and fiber content of the most common ingredients used to make smoothies. Use it as a guide when creating your own low carb smoothie recipes.
The South Beach Diet website has good information on the glycemic (sugar) content of foods, which may help you in deciding which fruits you want to use in your low-carb smoothies.

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