Smoothie Time

I have a major sweet tooth, but recently I’ve been trying to eat healthier, and for some reason Ben and Jerry’s and pie don’t really fit into the picture. During our last adventure to Bed, Bath and Beyond, we picked up a smoothie cookbook, and ever since I’ve been experimenting. I’ve adapted some of my favorites here. Try them as a substitute for other sweet treats.

Carrot cake smoothieCarrot Cake Smoothie

2 jars (4 oz) baby food carrots1/2 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
1/4 cup milk
1/8 cup sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Dash ground nutmeg
Dash ground ginger
2-3 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Makes two small servings or one serving as pictured.

**Healthy alterations: Trade milk for soy milk (I wouldn’t recommend using skim; it’s way too thin). Use stevia or splenda instead of the sugar. I used two packets of stevia and didn’t notice the difference.

 

Frozen Hot ChocolateFrozen hot chocolate

1/2 cup milk
3 tbls sugar
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tbl instant hot chocolate mix
2 cups chocolate ice cream
2 cups ice
Whipped cream (optional)

1. Combine milk, sugar, chopped chocolate, and hot chocolate mix in medium microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high 30 seconds, then stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Cool to room temp (if you put it in the fridge to cool it faster, make sure to bring it back to room temp before proceeding. Otherwise it gets all chunky and weird).

2. Combine chocolate mixture and ice cream and ice in blender. Process until smooth. Top with whipped cream if desired.  Makes 2-4 servings depending on what you prefer.

**Healthy alterations: HAHA. This is basically solid sugar. Delicious but solid sugar. However, you can swap the chocolate ice cream for chocolate frozen yogurt without changing the flavor and skip the whipped cream. I find that the recipe is overly rich. I’d recommend saving the chocolate mixture and using it for double the amount of chocolate ice cream and ice.

Cardamom-Apricot Smoothie

1/3 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
1/2 tbl honey
1/2 can (15 oz) apricot halves, undrainedapricot cardamom smoothie
1/2 banana
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 cup ice

Combine all ingredients in blender. Process until smooth. Makes one serving as pictured, or two smaller servings.

**Healthy alterations: If possible, try to find apricot halves in light syrup instead of heavy syrup. Trade vanilla froyo for vanilla greek yogurt. It won’t be as thick but it cuts down on the calories and adds protein. With vanilla greek yogurt, this could be more of a meal and less of a treat.

 

 

 

Comment with any other amazing smoothie recipes you find or let me know what you think of these!

–All recipes are adapted from Favorite BrandName Recipes: Best of the Best Smoothies