Five Low-Fat Smoothies Recipes for the Health-Conscious

There are people – usually health buffs – who avoid smoothies like the plague because of the notion that these are fattening and a destroyer of one’s diet. Calories, sugar and the tempting sweetness is sometimes more than enough for one to question if it has any nutrients at all. Fortunately for them (and for us), there are a lot of healthy smoothie recipes out there to help you out in enjoyment-without-guilt department.

If you’re just starting out with making smoothies but you don’t like what you see (especially if you’ve been seeing a lot of recipes with chocolates), then these simple recipes may help you out. All you need is a blender, the ingredients mentioned, and blend away!

1Blend ½ cored pear, ¼ cup frozen blueberries, ½ cup chopped banana, 1 ¼ cup of water, 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of skim milk powder (other milk powders are okay as well, but skim milk is less fattening), 1 tablespoon of whey (or other high quality fiber or protein powder) and 1 teaspoon of flax oil. Blend thoroughly, and serve as soon as it’s done to achieve the maximum effect.

2A 2-serving frozen fruit smoothie is easy to make. Mix and blend ½ cup of frozen bananas, ½ cup of frozen strawberries, ½ cup of frozen peaches, 2 cups of milk, ¼ cup of orange juice, and 2 tablespoons of honey. Pour into a small glass until smooth and serve immediately.

3This avocado smoothie gives you just 488 calories, 107 grams of carbohydrates and barely 6 grams of fat. Scoop out the insides of 1 large avocado in a blender. Add 2 to 4 teaspoons of condensed milk, depending on how sweet your sweet tooth is. Add the ice and blend all of the ingredients together until you get a semi-creamy consistency. The best thing about this recipe: You would taste more avocado than the sweet (and guilt) part.

4Blend 2 peeled bananas, ½ a cup of orange juice, ½ a cup of vanilla (or plain) yoghurt, 1 can of pineapple juice and 2 cubes of ice (or add to your liking). Blend for 30 seconds or more until smooth. So simple to do that even a child can do it.

5A simple berry smoothie can also give you a great amount of vitamins and nutrients. Blend 2 cups of strawberries, a cup of blackberries, ½ cup of raspberries, 1 cup of plain (or vanilla) yoghurt, a lot of ice cubes (around 10 to 15 would do), 2 tablespoons of honey and ½ cup of milk. As with the other recipes, serve immediately and enjoy.

Healthy smoothies are not a myth, it is as real as you and me. You can find your perfect mix of fruits, yoghurt or milk, substitute some honey to the sugar, and add some high-protein or fiber powder, and your smoothies suddenly doesn’t have to make you feel guilty anymore.