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Smoothies that top the calorie charts (and healthy options to drink instead)

By Penelope Wall, July 30, 2010 (All day)

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Penelope asks: Are you as obsessed with smoothies as I am? Share your favorite flavor combos below!


I having been making smoothies using the following ingredients. My husband believes 1 serving is loaded with calories and I disagree.

16 oz. Orange Juice - 220 calories
1 8 oz. cup lowfat yogurt 140 calories
1 small banana 90 calories
2 cups mixed frozen berries 140 calories
1 cup frozen blueberries 70 calories
5 ice cubes

This makes 32 oz. after put in blender. I add the 32 oz. up to be 660 calories. So, an 8 oz. serving would be 165 calories. Am I correct??


03/12/2016 - 3:28pm

I use a heaping tablespoon of ground Chia, either strawberry or vanilla non fat sugar free yogurt, fresh coconut water or un sweetened pomagranate juice and a mixture of frozen fruit such as Mango,Strawberries,Blueberries,Papaya or Watermelon totaling a half a cup of fruit. I vary the fruit each time in order to take advantage of the different nutrients.


08/28/2010 - 1:34pm

i didn't see a section to make other comments: please consider removing this post. the serving sizes are not proportionate. in one the options were
ORIGINAL (Large, 32. oz.), 590 calories, 30 grams total sugars
HALF OF ORIGINAL (Small, 16 oz.), 250 calories, 59 grams total sugars
QUARTER OF ORIGINAL (8 oz.), 249 calories, 20 grams total sugars (Bonus: 0 grams added sugars)
perhaps it would be more beneficial to simply suggest minimizing intake or ordered smaller portions.


08/16/2010 - 2:54pm

I love smoothies! I make them every day especially now that produce is plentiful although I have already began to plan for winter using frozen fruits!] I have recently found mangos to be on sale so I make one with a mango, blueberries, strawberries, and maybe a peach or a banana plus a cup of lowfat greek yogurt [protein] and coconut milk [healthy fats], ice and blend your way to summer delight!


08/07/2010 - 6:54pm

I love smoothies but will not buy them. Before they became popular I made my own and will continue to do so. It's less expensive and I know what's going into my drink.

I don't have a smoothie recipe per sey; I just have fun with them. But my basic ingredients are:
Apple juice (real fruit)
Yogurt (Now that I've become familar with it Greek style)
Wheat Germ
Flax seed (ground)
Soy milk
Assorted frozen fruit. Buy different fruits, strawberries, blueberries, mango, pineapple, etc. Peel, clean and or cut then freeze. You'll always have some on hand or you can buy in the freezer section fo the grocery store.


08/06/2010 - 6:59pm

I make smoothies for breakfast a lot. I buy fresh berries and bananas and freeze them. Below is my usual. Lately, it's almond milk instead of soy. Sometimes, a tbsp of protein powder is added
I now use an immersion blender with a deep cup - burned out too many regular blenders!

It is my recipe - Posted on another site
Lee's Frozen Fruit Smoothie
A blend of frozen fruits and almonds in soymilk
Servings: 2 breakfast servings or 4 snacks
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/4 cup frozen sliced strawberries
6 slices frozen bananas
12 whole unsalted almonds (roasted or natural)
1/2 cup Plain Lite Silk Soymilk
Sliced almonds for topping (optional)


Place blueberries, strawberries and bananas along with 1/4 cup of soymilk in a blender capable of crushing ice (or a frozen concoction maker). Replace the top on the blender jar.
Pulse two or three times.
Stir the mixture so that it will blend easier.
Pulse again. Add remaining soymilk as needed.
After the mixture is completed blended (no large blueberry skins showing), stir in the almonds and pulse about 3 times.
Serve in parfait glasses, top with a tablespoon of sliced almonds, if desired. Eat with a spoon.

This can be made using fresh fruit, but will be liquid instead of frozen.
Warning: the top must be on the blender when pulsing, or there will be blue splashes everywhere!

Serving size: 1/2 of a recipe (6.3 ounces).
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 205.91
Total Fat 11.19g
Saturated Fat 0.91g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 39.44mg
Potassium 467.44mg
Total Carbohydrates 23.48g
Fiber 5.13g
Sugar 10.97g
Protein 6.76g


08/05/2010 - 8:24pm

My favorite make at home Smoothie:

One whole orange, peel cut off, deseeded
1 - 1 1/2 c fat-free vanilla yogurt

Put orange sections in blended and blend on high. Add yogurt and blend till smooth.
Optional: Pour into a freezeable container and freeze, stirring often, til desired consistency is reached. Enjoy!

2nd option: Stir in 1 1/2 oz vodka before freezing! Refreshing!


08/05/2010 - 10:31am

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