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Best and Worst Smoothies

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

3 Smoothie Recipes continued...


Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie


1/2 cup light vanilla soy milk (or 1/2 cup 1% or nonfat milk plus 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons natural-style smooth peanut butter

2/3 cup frozen banana slices

1 packet Splenda or other alternative sweetener of your choice (optional)

2/3 cup crushed ice


  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: 284 calories, 10 g protein, 25 g carbohydrate, 16 g fat, 3.8 g saturated fat, 8.2 g monounsaturated fat, 5 g polyunsaturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 6 g fiber, 206 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 50%. Omega-3 fatty acids: 0.1 gram, omega-6 fatty acids: 4.5 grams.

NOTE: Add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed, and the omega-3s increase to 2 grams.

Recipes provided by Elaine Magee; © 2009 Elaine Magee

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, is the "Recipe Doctor" for WebMD and the author of numerous books on nutrition and health. Her opinions and conclusions are her own.


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