Smoothies, a fixture of juice bars and cafes around the country, are made with fresh ingredients and taste great. But can they help you lose weight? That depends on what goes into them and how you use them, but it’s definitely possible to gradually and healthfully shed pounds with the aid of low-sugar smoothies. To make a filling smoothie that’s still relatively low in calories, start with a high-protein base. According to a research review published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in 2008, protein is more filling than either carbohydrates, making it a smart choice for weight loss. A 6-ounce container of nonfat, plain Greek yogurt makes a neutral base and has only 100 calories with 18 grams of protein. Soft, silken tofu will make a thicker smoothie. A generous 200-gram slice has 110 calories and nearly 10 grams of protein.
HIGH PROTEIN CHOCOLATE SMOOTHIE – NO SUGAR ADDED
- ¼ cup almond milk, unsweetened
- ½ cup cottage cheese, low fat
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, unsweetened
- 1 scoop whey protein powder, unsweetened
- 2 droppers full liquid chocolate stevia or ¼ teaspoon plain powder
- 1 cup crushed ice
Add your almond milk, cottage cheese and cocoa powder to your blender first.
Once well blended add the rest of the ingredients to your blender.
Taste and adjust sweetener if needed. Enjoy immediately!
Nutrition Information Serves: 1 Serving size: 1 Calories: 223 Fat: 3g Carbohydrates: 10g Sugar: 3g Sodium: 491mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 42g Cholesterol: 5mg Prep time: 3 mins Total time: 3 mins