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Best and Worst Smoothies

The real skinny on smoothies, plus 3 healthy smoothie recipes.

10 Worst Smoothies

(Listed from highest to lowest calories per ounce)

 

 

Calories

Fat

Sat. Fat

Carbs

Fiber

Protein

Calories per oz

Dairy Queen’s Tropical Blizzard, 20 oz        

1120

62g

25g

126g

9g

22g

56

Smoothie King’s The Hulk-Strawberry, 20 oz

1035

32

13

121

8

27

52

Orange JuliusCocoa Latte Swirl, 20 oz

960

23

19

156

5

34

48

Planet Smoothie’s PBJ, small 22 oz

780

32

6.5

115

8

21

35

Planet Smoothie’s Java the Nut, small 22 oz

690

22

8

108

3

14

31

Orange JuliusBlackberry Storm, 20 oz

680

15

13

128

6

12

34

Sonic’s StrawberryFruit Smoothie, 20 oz   

670

0

0

166

4

5

34

Emerald City’s PB&J, 24 oz

630

25

4.5

77

12

22

26

Surf City Squeeze smoothiePeanut Butter Banana, 20 oz

629

25

8

95

12

12

31.5

Emerald City’s Coconut Passion, 24 oz   

600

23

7

80

24

24

25

 

3 Smoothie Recipes

One way to make sure your smoothies are healthy is to make them at home. All it takes is a blender and a few key ingredients in your refrigerator.

Design-Your-Own Fruit Smoothie

One of my favorite combinations for this smoothie is vanilla low-fat yogurt with V8 Fusion Light (Pomegranate Blueberry) for the juice and frozen blackberries or blueberries for the fruit.

Ingredients:

6 ounces (3/4 cup) any light or low-fat yogurt or plain yogurt

6 ounces (3/4 cup) any 100% fruit juice

1 cup any frozen or fresh fruit

1 cup crushed ice

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

Directions:

  1. Add ingredients to blender or food processor and pulse until mixture is blended and smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Makes 1 serving

Per serving: 270 calories, 9.5 g protein, 50 g carbohydrate, 4.5 g fat, 0.4 g saturated fat, 0.8 g monounsaturated fat, 2.9 g polyunsaturated fat, 4 mg cholesterol, 10.5 g fiber, 102 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 15%. Omega-3 fatty acids: 2 grams, omega-6 fatty acids: 0.8 gram.

 

Vanilla Chai Smoothie

Ingredients:

1/2 cup vanilla light soymilk (such as Silk brand)

1/2 cup vanilla light or low-fat yogurt

2/3 cup frozen banana slices

1/2 cup crushed ice

2 pinches ground cinnamon

2 pinches ground ginger

1 pinch ground cloves

Directions:

  1. Add ingredients to blender or food processor and pulse until mixture is blended and smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

Makes 1 serving

Per serving: 149 calories, 7 g protein, 28 g carbohydrates, 1 g fat, 0.1 g saturated fat, 0.3 g monounsaturated fat, 0.5 g polyunsaturated fat, 3 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 124 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 6%. Omega-3 fatty acids: 0.1 gram, omega-6 fatty acids: 0.4 gram.

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