220 Calorie Green Smoothie

First of all, sorry I have been MIA!!

I have fallen victim to the trendy green smoothie! I have always been the one to say,”I don’t enjoy drinking my calories!” Nothing is more¬†disappointing¬†to me than slurping up 300-400 calories for a sadly small smoothie. Not to mention the lingering starvation I feel about 10 minutes after consuming.

Lately, everyone in our office is whipping up fun green smoothies and I finally gave it a try after my coworker Lisa gave me half of hers. It was so good and actually kept me full as a large snack would. I figured out you just have to have a good balance of protein and carbs to make it filling. Before I was always trying to make my smoothies as low calorie as possible, which should have been clear to me why I was never full after them. Blended up ice and an apple and spinach isn’t going to cut it!

I was then set on finding a way to have my smoothie and drink it too. Once I decided that as long as you are wise with your ingredients, you can have a decent sized smoothie for a fair amount of calories. It’s important to measure your ingredients, make it high in protein, and of course add your greens. I promise, if you make it correctly, you will not taste your greens! My favorite is spinach and a tiny bit of kale… so good for you and hidden, promise!

There are tons of ways you can make a green smoothie — it’s so simple to sub in and out things you don’t like. But below is a basic recipe I think you will like! This smoothie yields close to 30 oz and has less than 250 calories! Yay!

Enjoy!

xoxo

Callie

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220-Calorie Green Smoothie

1 serving

Makes 28 ounces

220 calories, 4g fat, 438mg sodium, 37.5g carbs, 7g fiber, 23.5g sugars, 13g protein

Ingredients:
1/3 cup low-fat cottage cheese or 1/2 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
1 1/2 cups spinach leaves
1 cup kale
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 cup frozen banana slices
1 small apple, cored and cut into chunks
2 cups crushed ice
2 no calorie sweetener packets (I like Truvia for a natural option!)

1/8 tsp. cinnamon, if desired

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth.

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