Blackberry Cream Smoothie
Creative low sugar smoothies also low in calories from Downshiftology .. an awesome blog with many other amazing smoothies also noted in the recipe link below.
Recipe To Blackberry Cream Smoothie From Downshiftology.
Ingredients / Calories
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup greek yogurt
- 1 cup frozen blackberries
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup blanched then frozen cauliflower , optional
275 calories according to the author.
Spinach has always been my go-to leafy green of choice in all food items. I remember my mom first making me smoothies in high school. Thanks, Mom. They were not green, but purple and consisted of spinach, blueberries, milk and protein powder. I remember being grossed out initially and then loving them and wanting one everyday. I still love my spinach smoothies but I love the author to this Blackberry Smoothie because she discusses other types of vegetables to incorporate into smoothies including avocado, zucchini, and cauliflower and discusses their health benefits. I looked further into cauliflower as it is in the smoothie above and was intrigued by the article “The Top 8 Benefit of Cauliflower” from Healthline. And, with so many vitamins, fiber, and more, it looks like cauliflower is a pretty amazing vegetable I often overlook and should start including in my diet more regularly.
This recipe also uses hemp seeds, which I have never had before. So I looked into them further and read “Health Benefits Of Hemp Seeds” from Medical News Today and learned help seeds are pretty amazing. Apparently they are considered by some a superfood and have outstanding benefits.
Smoothies are nice a versatile. There are so many options. you can play around with smoothies all day to find your favorite recipes.
I love this blog even more because the author also discusses sugar intake, which I am always worried about when making smoothies. Even without adding sugar, I could easily overdo it with fruit. In the recipe link above, the author notes fruits that are high in sugar, which include bananas, mangos, grapes and more as well as fruit that is low in sugar, which are mostly berries including blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries.
Smoothies are so easy to make. And, they take minutes. But there is room for error. For example, sometimes, when I make a smoothie, I come out with four or five cups of smoothies instead of the two I was aiming for. At first, I just drank them assuming it was supposed to be like that, but I do not think that is the case and I was probably really overdoing it on the fruit. I have googled this and have not found other people having this problem. Since this problem still occurs even when measuring out the ingredients, I freeze the remainder for later. I read you can leave a smoothie in the refrigerator for two days, but I personally do not think they keep and just do not think they are that good.
I prefer frozen fruit to ice in my smoothie.
I tend to get hungry after a couple of hours after a smoothie so I like to keep some carrots on hand to avoid any junk food mishaps.
I try and taste my smoothie before pouring it out just in case I need to add anything to it. I feel like this is like tasting food before adding salt.
My husband told me drinking from mason jars is very early 2000. I do not know if that is true or not, but I love my mason jars and use them for my smoothies with reusable straws such as metal.
Smoothies are easy and quick to clean up if you clean your blender right away.
I am not going to lie, my vegetable intake would be very limited without smoothies. It just never occurs to me to make sides with my meals and sides are usually vegetables. So, unless I made salad, there are not vegetables
Equipment is everything. I feel so lucky because my sister in law gave me a Vitamix a few years back, which is completely life changing. Prior, I used the bullet and it is just not the same. It works, but a nice blender is ideal.
Lastly, I find green smoothies an excellent way to get vegetables into my kids diet. They get a little messy, but whatever works.
Here are some additional Low-Calorie Smoothie recipes I found online.