Ingredients / Calories
- 6 ounces low-fat blueberry yogurt (2/3 cup)
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- Handful of blueberries, for garnish
197 calories according to the author of the recipe in the link above.
I love smoothies because you can add whatever ingredients you would like such as blueberries and blueberry yogurt. I think the yogurt will make this smoothie very filling and keep me going all morning long. Yogurt is also very nutritious. Read more about the “7 Impressive Health Benefits Of Yogurt” from Health Line. However, blueberry yogurt can have a lot of sugar so the type of yogurt is important or maybe even use just plain greek yogurt since there are also blueberries in the ingredients.
Blueberries are considered a Superfood. Read more in the artcile “Superfoods Everyone Needs.” Blueberries are never on my list of fruits that pop in my head as something I love or crave and I do not know why. I do love them and they make me feel fresh and healthy.
This particular smoothie does not have any vegetables, however, I usually like to use smoothies as away to incorporate greens into my diet so I will usually add spinach. 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 every day.
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 not to add ice to my smoothies and use frozen fruit instead. I feel like the ice makes more smoothie and then I end up drinking it and feel bloated and gross instead of fresh and light on my feet.
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. As I mentioned, the smoothie above does not have any vegatables, but I can just add some spinach and my kids will not know any different.
Here are some additional Low-Calorie Smoothie recipes I found online.