I could literally drink a milkshake every single day of my life and be a happy person. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t fit into my clothes very long, which would definitely not be good! So instead I’ve spent a lot of time and trial and error making a smoothie recipe that satisfies my milkshake obsession, does not need any added sweetener, and fits well within my WW points allowance. The recipe I’m sharing today checks all three boxes, plus, I’m sharing 3 bonus tips for making smoothies.
Think of this as a formula that you can plug into whatever ingredients you have more so than a recipe. I’m using strawberries, but you could put in blueberries, mango, raspberries, or whatever combination sounds good to you. Switch out the banana for a few chunks of fresh or frozen avocado (yes, now available in the frozen fruit section of your grocery) for added creaminess without the banana taste. Trust me, you will not taste the avocado with such a small amount in with the flavors of the other ingredients! Watch the YouTube video for more detailed explanations about ice v. frozen fruit and the 3 bonus tips.
Smoothie- serves 1
- ice (optional, depending on how many other frozen ingredients you add)
- 1/4 Cup Fage 2% Greek yogurt, or yogurt of your choice (contributes 1 WW SP, or choose 0% for 0 points)
- 2 Tablespoons PB2 or any powdered peanut butter
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1/4 to 1/3 Cup frozen fruit without added sugar, such as strawberries, blueberries, and mango
- Use banana! A ripe banana adds creaminess to your smoothie without adding points, but it also adds enough sweetness that you don’t need to add any other sugar or artificial sweetener.
- Liquid v. frozen ratio! Adding frozen fruits and ice adds to the slushiness factor that you want in a smoothie. Without something frozen, the consistency will the thinner and less milkshake-like, so you at least need ice. The more frozen content in the cup, the more liquid you’ll need, whether it’s a type or milk or just water.
- Color! You eat with your eyes first, so think about what the final product will look like, especially if you’re serving smoothies to someone else. This becomes particularly obvious if you’re adding green ingredients like spinach or kale to a smoothie with red fruits such as strawberries or raspberries. Don’t make a brown smoothie!