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6 Refreshing Smoothies Under 250 Calories

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6 Refreshing Smoothies Under 250 Calories

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

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28 responses to “6 Refreshing Smoothies Under 250 Calories”

  1. Avatar ZBuffBod says:

    These sound great! Adding to my repertoire of recipes!

    • Avatar Judy says:

      I always add a small chunk of pealed ginger root to my green smoothie so refreshing! Thank you all for the great ideas

  2. Avatar bkungl says:

    Thank you…these are great. I’m going to try a few of them.

  3. Avatar blenny23 says:

    I would love to try some of these recipes, but unfortunately I can’t eat avocado, blueberries, banana or kiwi!
    My ‘go to’ smoothie is usually a big handful of spinach, one or two apples peeled and cored, juice of half a lemon, one 0% fat Actimel, a teaspoon or Chia seeds, half a teaspoon of turmeric and a good splosh of unsweetened almond milk. That makes enough for a couple of glasses.
    You can use lime juice instead of lemon, water instead of almond milk, a dollop of yogurt instead of an Actimel and you don’t HAVE to include the seeds and turmeric. I also sometimes throw in a few raspberries if I have them.

    Oh and just a tip regarding buttermilk – if you don’t have any to hand, you can pour a teaspoon of lemon juice into a cup of milk (as in a cup measurement, not a mug!) and leave it for five minutes. It will sour and split the milk slightly and produce essentially the same consistency/taste of buttermilk.

    • Avatar Jenni Parkhill says:

      Thanks for this recipe blenny. I hsve an extreme allergy to kiwi, banana and avacados. Cant wait to try this. 🙂

  4. Avatar Fred says:

    These are full of sugar! I’d love to try them but it’s beyond my daily sugar intake.

  5. Avatar Francine Chick says:

    I was hoping for one that was not so loaded with carbs and sugar. 🙁

  6. Avatar disqus_DstUsg5pL1 says:

    Sugar sugar sugar

  7. Avatar Bonnie Scully says:

    Try 1 orange, 1 lemon, 2 leaves of kale, 2 stalks of celery, and 1 tsp cayenne… The tsp cayenne is great for circulation and the lemon is cleansing. Put them in that order and put the leafy part of the kale
    Leaves in first… Chop if using a cheaper blender. 🙂 the dense fiber helps your body to digest the sugars more slowly so that it doesn’t cause a spike like eating refined sugars.

  8. Avatar Cassie says:

    Can someone give some recipes that are low in sugar and carbs?

  9. Avatar Theresa says:

    The smoothies seem to be high in sugars. Pre diab. People should this be an issue?I

    • Avatar Terri says:

      I use protein whey powder (no additives) scoop of avocado, few drops of stevia, tsp cocoa powder, teaspoon chia seeds, 30g plain full fat greek yoghurt, 1 egg or 1/4 cup egg whites and some water. Low carb high protein and some good fat. Thick and yummy

  10. Avatar Megan says:

    Way too much sugar!

  11. Avatar Sage says:

    I think smoothies are best when they have all natural ingredients. I am vegan and usually use coconut yogurt or soy yogurt, almond milk or cashew milk. Sometimes I’ll use organic applesauce or a banana in it instead. For me, as long as the sugar is natural coming from the fruit then it’s all okay with me!:)

  12. Avatar Terri says:

    First one has 30g of sugar!!!!

  13. Avatar zxuser says:

    I use ocean spray pomecranite Juice (diet, 5 calories) cut up 1/2 banana and a cup of strawberries. Freeze both fruits and dump them all into a commercial blender. Tada! 8 ounce smoothies under 250 calories.!! Freezing them takes the place of ice and is. Perfect blend! Sometimes use raspberries or whatever berries I can find. Trick is to portion them and freeze them. Most home blenders will die with. This frozen fruit, even if you put a little in at a time. I spent $200.00 and works great!

  14. Avatar Kathleen Cameron says:

    It’s only 250 cal. people, I need something sweet are I’m going to fail trying to lose weight. zxuser I made ur smoothie it was good, kept me from going down the cookie isle at the store….. 🙂

  15. Avatar Kathleen Cameron says:

    a lot of these recipes sound great but it would cost me a fortune at the grocery store, I still have a son at home who would never in a million years drink or eat the majority of recipes posted here.

  16. Avatar Assassin says:

    If you want to sweeten some of these up, try Citrus Lite powdered drink mix. 5 cals per serving, 0 fat, 0 sugar, 0 carbs. I use Cherry in mine, tastes great

  17. Avatar Stacey Ronczy says:

    So, for those of us allergic to banana and avacado, is there another binder we could use?

  18. Avatar adnerbsilliw says:

    There’s only one that’s diabetic friendly..

  19. Avatar robinbishop34 says:

    If you are looking for a smoothie as a meal replacement, I’d suggest protein powder, skim/almond milk, and a small amount of the fruit of your choice added.

    If you’re looking to cleanse or for overall health, I’d suggest juice extraction. There are two common juices, a green and a red which can be found by googling them. These juices are mostly vegetables and are relatively low cal. They should be prepared and consumed quickly on an empty stomach so the live enzymes can get into the bloodstream quickly to work their magic.

    It is advisable to go into a juicing routine after several days of a very clean diet as they will cause your liver to purge toxins at a rate faster than your body can handle, so it is vital that your gut is clean and ready to eliminate unimpeded. If you don’t have a juice extractor, you can add your veggies to a blender w/some filtered water and use a nylon paint strainer bag (home depot, lowes) over a pitcher and squeeze out the juice, leaving the pulp behind. You can use the pulp in soups, stews, sauces later on when on solid food.

  20. Avatar Ajah says:

    I don’t have any issues about the sugar content because I’m always on my feet. I’m going to need that for energy, so it will burn off anyways. It’s not like it’s splenda or sugar cane type of sugar it’s the natural sugar from the fruit, so I’m ok with it. I’ve done the smoothies and juices from Fully Raw Kristina and her recipes are high in sugar too, but I have lost so much wait and have amazing glowing skin, so I guess it’s not all bad, but I would say for anyone who is concerned should consult their doctor.

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