Everyone loves a treat on a warm day. Much of the country is enjoying sunny weather while still being in some form of lockdown. Many of us yearn for sweet treats. But, those of us with blood sugar concerns usually feel like they are beyond our reach. Today, we are sharing four tasty smoothie recipes!
Sometimes milkshakes masquerade as healthy smoothies. And, even healthy components can quickly add up to a high-calorie drink. We’ve written before about how “protein shakes” can seem healthy while being filled with sugar. We don’t think smoothies should be a part of our everyday lives because they can be high in calories while not being filling. But, as a treat, one of these healthier recipes can really hit the spot.
The Neuliven Health team, located in Southern California, often adds frozen avocados to smoothies as it can add the same creaminess as a frozen banana without as many carbs. But, avocados are high in fat and calories. So, you have to think about it when you are making up your own recipes. The ones we are sharing today have no more than five grams of carbs, and the most calorific is only 223 calories!
Everyone loves a cinnamon roll. But, we all usually avoid them. They are high in carbs and can be very fatty. They just aren’t a food we can fit into our healthy diet regularly—too many carbs, calories and fat. That’s why we love this smoothie that tastes like a cinnamon roll in a glass! A glass has 145 calories and 1.6 grams of carbs. Get the recipe.
Starbucks is home to the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino. It isn’t a coffee drink but instead is essentially a milkshake. That sweet treat has 370 calories and 54 grams of carbs. They are delicious, but we never buy them. Instead, this tasty copycat can give you the same experience without 217 calories and two grams of carbs. And, a perk of making it yourself at home means you can adjust the sweetness to your taste! Get the recipe.
Frozen fruit is one of the best ways to get produce when it’s out of season. And, when you are making a smoothie, the frozen fruit can help make your drink thicker and more milkshake-like. You cannot ask for a better sweet-treat than a strawberry smoothie. We love that this recipe is made with almond milk, but you can use whatever milk you have on hand! A drink is 152 calories and five grams of carbs. The recipe makes two drinks so you can share! Get the recipe.
Here’s an avocado smoothie! It might seem cliched for folks who live in San Diego to like a green drink. But, we live in a place where it’s hot for most of the year: we know a thing or two about cooling down! While some green smoothies are way too carb-heavy, this one is lighter and refreshing. It has cilantro, but it’s not a savory drink. Lime gives it a pop of sharpness while vanilla and coconut milk make it sweet and tasty. This is our favorite smoothie on this list and, while it is the highest in calories, it will probably become your favorite too! A serving has 223 calories and five grams of carbs. Get the recipe.
We hope these smoothies add a little brightness to your day and help you cool down and enjoy a treat while stuck at home!