How the heck are smoothies and pizza the same? Well, I’ve been thinking about this quite a lot–ever since I wrote that post about building a better pizza. I make a smoothie almost every day. Because I’m not tired of them yet, and I don’t have to think too hard about what to eat, and because they keep me satiated for a good long time–at least until my afternoon coffee break snack!
But here’s how they are the same. Both pizzas and smoothies are quite palatable. Both of them have an infinite variety of ways to make them. They both have many many different add-ins and add-ons that make them oh so tasty. And that is where they can become a problem for the person who is either losing weight or trying to maintain their weight loss. All those little add ins add UP. And this was the problem that I had with smoothies in the past. I would add in a bit of this and a bit of that, or follow a super sounding recipe. And pretty soon I had 400 calories in a cup. 400 calories that didn’t seem to keep me full for too long. And that doesn’t work for me. That’s why I made the declaration that I would rather chew my calories. And for the most part, I wrote off smoothies.
But then when I was reading Shelley’s archives, and I decided to try the Me Diet, I gave them one more try. This time, though, they had to meet certain requirements. I wanted to have 20 grams of protein (most protein powders have this in ‘one serving.’) and only be 170 calories. 20 grams of protein is 80 calories. This doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for add-ins. But if you are creative, you can make some very tasty smoothies. My favorite is still the chocolate mint extreme formulations ultra peptide. I add one scoop of the powder to leftover coffee and 4 ice cubes. Instant peppermint mocha frappuccino for 170 calories! That particular protein powder has more calories because it has a little more fat than most protein powders.
My friend Lori left a couple of good recipes to try in the comments. And Cammy shared her recipe for a strawberry cheesecake protein smoothie on her blog. I LOVE that one. Sometimes I buy strawberries and put them straight in the freezer so I can make it. I also used Cammy’s directions for ‘kale cubes’ to make some spinach cubes. You don’t have to do this, but if you are like me, and your greens go bad before you can add them to your smoothies, go ahead and put them in the food processor with a little water and pulverize them, and then freeze them in ice cube trays. (Warning: its hard to get those green stains off your ice cube trays!)
I made a chocolate banana smoothie the other day using 2 banana cubes, 2 spinach cubes, a scoop of chocolate protein powder, and some water. This one was closer to 200 calories.
And you can buy unflavored whey protein powder. I think it usually has 24 grams of protein for about 110 calories. I’ve found it in the ‘bins’ at the grocery, so I can buy just a little bit at a time. This gives you a little more wiggle room for the add ins.
When I first bought my Magic Bullet, I wasn’t a huge fan of it. But now that I am drinking smoothies regularly, I LOVE that it comes with multiple glasses and lids. I am using all of them all the time! (You can find them at Costco too.)
Oh, and here is my best tip for making smoothies the ultimate traveling companion. If I am going somewhere, and I don’t want to drink my smoothie right away, I will go ahead and make it, and then put it in the freezer for a while. How long I want it to stay cold and frosty will determine the amount of time I leave it in the freezer. I just love this. I can bring my smoothie with me and have it waiting for me, cold and frosty, as soon as I finish my workout at the gym. Don’t forget to pack a straw!