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Healthy smoothie recipes for a healthy lifestyle

Since committing to eating healthier with the Weight Watchers program, I’ve been looking for ways to get more vegetables, fruits, and fiber into my diet, and one of my favorite ways is with healthy shake recipes. Smoothies take just a few minutes to make if you have the ingredients on hand and are a healthy, high-fiber snack that curbs my craving for something sweet (like when I crave a bowl of ice cream at night).

A simple fruit and soy milk shake is a great low-calorie snack that fits in well with the Weight Watchers program. If I have a shake instead of a meal like breakfast or lunch, I like to eat a serving of raw almonds along with it or sometimes I mix a scoop of whey protein powder into the shake. Not only is whey protein powder great for weight loss, it will also help you stay full until your next meal or snack. You can find whey protein powder in many supermarkets and pharmacies near nutritional or weight loss products.

Blenders are fine for making smoothies, but I prefer to use a personal-size mixer. That way I won’t have to take out my big blender. There are several different personal size smoothie makers on the market that often come with a base and two cups of smoothie. They are especially nice because you always have one on hand in case the other is in the dishwasher.

Some recipes call for adding ice to your smoothie, but you won’t need ice if you have some frozen strawberries and blueberries on hand in the freezer. For bananas, be sure to slice them before freezing in freezer-safe containers.

Both healthy smoothie recipes serve one serving and are under 200 calories. Calories are approximate depending on the type of milk you use. If you add whey protein, the calories will come up to about 270 calories, depending on which brand you use (if you add whey protein, the shake recipe will go up to about 5 Weight Watchers points, which is a good low-point lunch).

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 frozen banana, cut into chunks
1 cup skim, soy, or almond milk
1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
1 scoop of whey protein (optional)
Combine ingredients in a blender or magic wand and blend until smooth.

Serves 1

Blueberry Banana Smoothie

1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 frozen banana cut into chunks
1 skim, soy, or almond milk
1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
1 scoop of whey protein (optional)
Combine ingredients in a blender or mixer and blend until smooth.

Serves 1

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