Whether you like to enjoy smoothies for breakfast or a midday snack, they’re a great way to get in some much-needed fruit and veggies. However, depending on the ingredients you include, you could be whipping up more of a calorie-laden milkshake than a healthy smoothie. Instead, a good smoothie should be low in calories and include a mix of protein and fiber that will keep the urge to snack at bay until your next meal, and some fruits and vegetables for a boost of antioxidants and vitamins.
How to Make a Low-Calorie Smoothie
When it comes to making a low-calorie smoothie, it’s all about including fresh and natural ingredients with no added sugar. Be sure to avoid ingredients high in sugar, such as flavored yogurt, sweetened fruit juice, canned fruit in syrup, ice cream, sorbet, and whipped cream. Instead, stick to fresh fruits and vegetables to make up the bulk of your smoothie. For added protein, mix in unflavored yogurt, unsweetened peanut butter, or protein powder. For the base of the smoothie, use water, coconut water or unsweetened almond milk. Healthy add-ins can be things like spices, chia seeds, sugar-free extracts, and unsweetened cocoa powder. All in all, it’s possible to create a great tasting, healthy smoothie that has less than 170 calories yet is still incredibly satisfying.
Low-Calorie Smoothie Recipes
Here are some great options to try:
If gathering all the ingredients and making your own smoothie sounds like too much work, you can grab an Edible Arrangements® smoothie at your local store. Try our delicious Pineapple + Kale + Honeydew smoothie from our $5 Delights menu. It’s low calorie, plus it will keep you feeling satisfied until your next meal. It’s also packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
This tropical smoothie blends a heaping pile of spinach with mango, pineapple, and a touch of banana to deliver a whopping nutritional punch. You’ll also get all the antioxidants you need in a day – in just one convenient smoothie.
This strawberry shortcake smoothie is made with just three ingredients: frozen strawberries, non-dairy milk, and butter extract. It comes out creamy, packed with vitamin C, and tasting just like your favorite strawberry shortcake.
This detox smoothie is packed with potassium, manganese, vitamin A, and vitamin C. Plus, it only clocks in at 61 calories, making it the lowest-calorie smoothie on our list.
Looking for a more filling way to take your coffee? This skinny mocha smoothie is dairy-free, vegan, and includes no added sugar, making it the perfect way to enjoy your daily caffeine.
This smoothie mixes coconut milk and pineapple chunks to create a tropical tasty treat that’s high in vitamin C. No need to travel thousands of miles to get this low-calorie taste of the Caribbean!
Blueberries are rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber, making them the perfect addition to any smoothie. This recipe adds nonfat yogurt for protein while keeping the overall calorie count to just 80 delicious calories.
With superfood Acai in the mix, this smoothie delivers vitamin-packed nutrition in low-calorie form. It’s light and refreshing, and since it only includes three ingredients, it’s easy to whip up in just 30 seconds or less.
Mango and carrot may seem like an odd combination, but their flavors work amazingly well together. This smoothie also includes Greek yogurt for added protein and freshly grated ginger for a little extra pizzazz.
Packed with greens, fruit, oats, and protein-rich Greek yogurt, this smoothie makes a great start to the day. The fiber from the oats and protein from the Greek yogurt give it plenty of staying power, while the greens and blueberries deliver vitamins and antioxidants.
If you’re craving comfort food, look no further than this apple pie smoothie. It tastes just like a slice of your favorite pie, but instead is made with fresh and all-natural ingredients, all for less than half the calories of the real deal.
If you’re looking for an easy way to get a healthy dose of essential nutrients while minding your waistline, smoothies are a great-tasting way to do it. Stop by your local Edible Arrangements® location for a taste of low-calorie deliciousness to start (or finish) your day.