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MLANCE1 SparkPoints: (1,895)
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1/31/13 3:21 P

Yes, the Silk Almond Milk Unsweetened Vanilla is awesome. Only 30 calories per cup, 1 carb, and 45% of your DV of calcium!

RUNNINGAL425 SparkPoints: (78,807)
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1/31/13 1:38 P

Since you are using so much yogurt, you might be able to use water instead of milk, the half cup of yogurt should make it creamy enough. Try other berries instead of the banana. You might want a half a scoop of protein powder, too.

ECKOKITTEN Posts: 237
1/31/13 1:06 P

thanks for the replies! I am type 2 diabetic.

I have been wanting to try almond milk & I will now for sure. I looked it up & for 1 cup of unsweetend it was only 30 calories & 1 carb! wow. Where as the milk is 80+ calories & heavy on the carbs & sugars. That will make a big difference.

I will try avocado too. I never thought about adding one before.

I think i will also switch to a different brand of yogurt.

Thanks so much!

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
1/31/13 1:04 A

you might try using parts of cucumber, tofu, and/or avocado in your smoothie to help the carb count.

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1/30/13 4:01 P

If it were me, I'd cut out the bananna completely and change the skim milk to Almond Milk. You will save about 25 carbs and 85 calories from cutting the bananna and you'll save about 60 calories and about 10 carbs changing from skim milk to almond milk. By doing these 2 things you will cut your carb content in half. If you really like the bananna flavor add a few drops of bananna extract for flavor

PATTISWIMMER Posts: 4,763
1/30/13 1:25 P

that is a lot of carbs.... I have been doing the frozen fruit a cup or two of raspberries and strawberries, some high protein mix low carbs, and I don't do the whole package just enough to make it creamy.... a bit of almond milk unsweetend which is 30 calories a cup... the fruit is 50 calories a cup..and I add a spoonful of fry's cocoa chocolate... 25 calories

DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
1/30/13 12:49 P

I use no dairy whatsoever. to make them creamy I may add in some nutbutter or a handful of cashews or if i feel like it avocado. But I usually use 1/2 banana, 1 cup of berries, a pinch of cinnamon, a large handful or two of greens (could be all one or a mixture of collards, cilantro, mint, romaine, spring mix, spinach, chard, broccoli, carrots, cucumber, celery, etc). Sometimes I will use homemade almond milk but mostly just filtered water.

PARICARP SparkPoints: (13,673)
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1/30/13 12:17 P

I work at a raw juice and smoothie store, so I've calculated smoothie calories sooo many times. Assuming you really want yogurt in it, I'm going to calculate it with yogurt...
I would use 8oz of greens juice (Evolution Fresh Essential Greens is awesome, or any plain greens juice, about 20 calories) OR 8 oz of unsweetened almond milk (40 calories and soo creamy)
1/4 c nonfat greek yogurt (32 cal)
2/3 c strawberries (28 cal)
1/3 c sliced, frozen bananas (45 cal)
1/2 c ice

Makes 16oz smoothie, blends perfectly, and less than 150 calories :)



SLIMNDOWN2012 SparkPoints: (5,992)
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1/30/13 10:21 A

Hi, I love smoothies!!
My first question is are you a type 1 or type 2 diabetic?

Yes, bananas are high in carb, but remember not all carbs are created equal. We need carbs, they fuel the body.

I use plain vanilla yogurt, with probiatics 1 cup = 140 cal, 27 carb, 22 sugar, 7 protien
Half a cup skim milk
This is my base... Then I add frozen berries, maybe some Kefir and after a workout I add protien powder.
If you want a good alternative to adding veggies to your diet, try Shakeology. It is a smoothie style superfood drink. It comes in several different flavors. This is available online, or you can find a friend who distributes. I am waiting for mine to come....

LUCKINLOVE Posts: 216
1/30/13 10:12 A

I recently made one and got about 8oz of smoothie using 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup of mixed berries, 2 tbsp of almonds, and a splash of water. About 200 calories. I find I don't need milk since the yogurt is rich enough.

ECKOKITTEN Posts: 237
1/30/13 10:10 A

I LOVE smoothies & drink one every single day for breakfast or a snack. But i finally counted out the calories and ouch :( It isn't super high for a breakfast but too high for a snack. What is worse are the carbs!!

Calories-339
Carbs- 66
Prot- 19

I make it with 1 cup of skim milk, 1 cup of spinach, 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries, 1 banana, 1/2 cup greek yogurt.

I'd like to make it smaller because it is huge but I usually end up adding more milk to get it going in the blender. I will try to cut everything in half maybe and see. Plus the banana is insane high in carbs I might just cut it out completely.

But I would love to hear your opinions or smoothie recipes that have way lower carbs? *I am diabetic btw

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