If you have trouble getting enough fruit throughout the day, smoothies are a great way to incorporate them into your routine. Smoothies make for a quick (and sip-able) breakfast—just add fruit and a couple of other ingredients, and blend. It’s a healthier alternative to juice because blending fruit keeps the fiber intact. Check out these refreshing smoothies all under 250 calories per serving!
1. Red Cabbage Smoothie | Elle Penner, MyFitnessPal Dietitian
The most shocking thing about this red cabbage smoothie (besides the gorgeous color): the cabbage is practically undetectable! With just one cup of blueberries, one banana and a little bit of vanilla yogurt mixed in, red cabbage adds a ton of insoluble fiber to the mix. Recipe makes 2 servings at 16 ounces each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 199; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 3mg; Sodium: 78mg; Carbohydrate: 46g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 30g; Protein: 5g
2. Avocado & Strawberry Smoothie | BBC Goodfood
Enjoy this high-calcium smoothie, which takes advantage of avocados for a creamy base. It’s a tasty way to enjoy fruit for breakfast that will leave you feeling satisfied. If your calorie goals are higher, feel free to add more avocado or sprinkle in some nuts for texture. Recipe makes 2 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 197; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 62mg; Sodium: 300mg; Total Carbohydrate: 15g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 15g; Protein: 9g
3. Mango Lassi | Cooking Light
It takes five ingredients to make this simple smoothie loaded with ripe mango and creamy yogurt. Use frozen mango chunks to speed up the process. If you’re going to use fresh mango, cut and freeze it ahead of time. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 143; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 8mg; Sodium: 84mg; Total Carbohydrate: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 25g; Protein: 7g
4. Banana Berry Buttermilk Smoothie | Cooking Light
Contrary to it’s name, “buttermilk” is lower in fat and higher in protein than you might expect because buttermilk is simply the liquid left behind after churning butter out of cream. It’s a great tangy base for this banana berry buttermilk smoothie, which packs plenty of vitamin C. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 113; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 3mg; Sodium: 67mg; Total Carbohydrate: 26g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 20g; Protein: 3g
5. Berry Beet Smoothie | Dietitian Debbie Dishes
Don’t love beets? Try out this berry beet smoothie by blending together roasted beets, blueberries, milk and plain yogurt. Beets add color, fiber and sweetness to the smoothie without adding any sweetener. Roast the beets ahead of time and freeze to satisfy your smoothie cravings anytime. Recipe makes 1 serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 240; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 17mg; Sodium: 172mg; Total Carbohydrate: 40g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 32g; Protein: 12g
6. Go-Getter Green Smoothie | Cooking Light
Try out this smoothie during the summer when melon is at its peak. This go-getter green smoothie is packed with mashed bananas, ripe melon, spinach and tangy kiwi. The recipe calls for fat-free Greek yogurt with honey, but feel free to use plain yogurt if you want to cut back on sugar. Recipe makes 2 servings at 1 1/2 cups each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 224; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 91mg; Total Carbohydrate: 48g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugars: 27g; Protein: 9g