Posted by free1blog2 | Posted in Recipes | Posted on 30-05-2012
Smoothies can easily have the calories of small dinner tossed salads without the dressing, but with the texture of double milkshakes. Make one yourself. It’s easy.
You do not need milk or soy products to make a smoothie look luscious. The secret lies in the use of shaved ice. The texture when shaved ice blends with other components is restaurant-smooth.
You can make your smoothie as thick as you like with a smoothies maker like one of the Margaritaville frozen concoction machines. These outstanding machines can make a range of frozen slush beverages automatically, but all four kinds have a “perfect-it-yourself” manual alternative to get just the consistency you want. The only constant is their extraordinary smoothness–no ice chunks, no watery voids such as those you frequently get with traditional blenders. (If you can’t afford one, you may utilize a separate ice shaver and your blender with a little added work.)
The lowest calorie smoothie options are the original formulations. In Brazil, only soft fruits like bananas, guavas, papayas, and mangoes were blended with shaved ice. No sugars need apply. Smoothies are about half ice; as a result, they have half the calories of an equal volume of juice. On a warm day, they can be surprisingly more refreshing, too!
In the USA today, a blend of fruits is more typical–add strawberries and pineapple to the former list. Protein powders and other nutritional supplements, too, can be included to up the nutritional value without much effect on the calorie count. Sugars are hardly ever wanted, but you can easily make use of any of the sugar-substitutes, if wanted, as no heat is present. Once again, you will have half the calories of a juice beverage of the same volume, due to the oh-so-smooth-and-tasty ice.
Of course, fruits themselves have greater calorie counts than a lot of veggies. But, you say, you can’t just drop some celery in your Margaritaville frozen concoction machines. You’re right. Hard fruits like apples, pears, and the seedy berries must be juiced, as do carrots, sweet potatoes/yams, and those green and leafy veggies like green spinach and wheatgrass.
Making use of a blend of vegetables with fruits reduces the calorie count and grows the dietary variation and richness. Juicing for weight loss is a terrific idea and two times as successful when the fresh juices are combined in a smoothie maker like the Bahamas, Key West, Fiji, or Tahiti models of Margaritaville frozen concoction machines. Your heart will certainly fall for the smooth creamy texture, but your body won’t need to wear additional calories under its sleeves and belt lines.
Give this mouth watering fruit and vegetable smoothie a try. It is rich in vitamins A and C, and its color alone will make your morning.
Pineapple-Orange Rapture. Peel and section 4 oranges. Place with 2 cups pineapple, and 1 peeled cut-up sweet potato in your juicer. Put the resulting juice in your smoothie maker pitcher. Add ice to the hopper. Select “smoothie” and press “GO” to get this yummy, sun-kissed beverage.
Have some fun. Make your own rich, delicious low calorie smoothies.