Smoothies can be a great way to “automate” your weight-loss meal planning. They’re quick, easy, inexpensive and can be enjoyed on the go. They’re also a great way to pack in fruits, veggies, fiber and other important nutrients. All you have to think of is: Meal? Smoothie. The only decision is whether you want to make your own or have someone else do the blending. Here are a few new developments in the smoothie world:
Smoothie King has recently introduced its Lean1 smoothie that has 20-30 grams of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, 14 fruit and vegetable extracts and phytosterols. They come in Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry and are lactose free under 300 calories. And yes, it tastes great and the blast of protein makes it a great post-workout meal replacement. Smoothie King also has kicked off its I am 1 campaign that runs through Feb. 29. You can share your weight-loss story and earn a free smoothie. For more information, visit www.smoothieking.com/Iam1.
Beachbody’s Shakeology meal-replacement shake line has already been a hit with its Greenberry and Chocolate flavors. The line is expanding on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) with a new Tropical Strawberry flavor, and the big difference is that this will be a vegan formulation, replacing the whey protein of the other two flavors with brown rice protein. Shakeology is 150 low-glycemic calories with 18 grams of protein and loads of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber. probiotics and more.
The Green Smoothie Bible (Ulysses Press, $14.95) is an upcoming book by Kristine Miles that rides the popularity wave of green smoothies — smoothies with a big dose of leafy green vegetables. Now, don’t make a face (we can see you!) — these recipes are formulated to make the veggies disappear into a swirl of sweetness from fruits, flavor extracts and spices. There’s an interesting section on the history of smoothies, whether to juice or blend and why adding greens to your smoothies is a good idea.
The book doesn’t come out until next month but here’s a sneak-peek recipe for a smoothie from the weight-loss chapter. Miles recommends using 40 percent greens and 60 percent fruit. Miles uses bok choy, kale, mint, parsley, spinach and Swiss chard in her smoothies. If this is your first time adding greens to smoothies, mint and baby spinach are good starters.
This smoothie makes two servings.
- 4 apricots
- 1 banana
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ to 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1½ cups water or nut milk
Blend and serve.