Homemade smoothies without added sugars are great! I would skip the juice for your liquid, and instead use water or some sort of milk, because juice CAN be overly sugary, and has most of the fiber from the original fruit removed. I like to use light almond milk, which is only about 35 calories per cup. Just remember that a smoothie is a meal or part of a meal, not a beverage to be had with a full meal. I like to add some protein and fat to my smoothies to slow the absorption of the fruit sugars and help me stay full longer. Usually I use some plain yogurt or whey protein, plus a tablespoon of ground flax. You can also give green smoothies a try, which keep the fruit flavor, but add a serving of vegetables, like spinach or kale. The color can be kind of funky, but the greens don't really affect the flavor of the smoothie. I like blueberry, banana, orange and spinach. "Pumpkin pie" smoothie is a great lower-sugar smoothie using canned pumpkin, flax and pie spices.
If your smoothies end up being too bland, experiment with adding natural flavorings like vanilla or cinnamon instead of extra sweeteners. I often put about 1/4 tsp of lemon extract in mine and it adds a great flavor boost without extra sweetener.
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