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NJBC Eats: Healthy Summer Smoothie

By Dana Babeu, R.D. | June 25, 2021

 

When it’s hot out, what better way to cool off than with a refreshing Summer Smoothie? Unlike some versions which can be loaded with sugar (and not much else), this recipe includes protein, fiber and even some veggies. You won't even notice them, I promise. It’s bariatric friendly and even kid-approved with lots of options to change things up. As a result, this Summer Smoothie recipe will be on repeat all Summer long. For a healthy smoothie pop, you can even freeze leftovers in popsicle molds.

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Summer Smoothie

Makes 1 serving

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup low sugar flavored low fat yogurt or plain yogurt
  • 2 scoops protein powder of choice* 
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen veggies (shredded zucchini, baby spinach leaves and riced cauliflower all work great)
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen fruit - my favorite is a combination of frozen banana, strawberries and blueberries
  • Optional additions for healthy fat and fiber - Choose up to 2 of the following: 1 tablespoon of natural nut butter, avocado, chia seeds, ground flaxseed or unsweetened coconut flakes. 
  • 1 cup water, unsweetened almond or coconut milk, skim/1% milk 

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients except liquid in a blender or bullet. 
  2. Add enough liquid to cover about ¾ of the ingredients in step 1.
  3. Blend on low speed or smoothie setting for 1 minute, adding additional liquid as needed to achieve desired consistency. 
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Tip: To give your smoothie a creamier consistency, use frozen fruit and veggies in addition to crushed ice. 

*Use unflavored protein or collagen powder for a less sweet option or a vanilla flavored powder for increased sweetness.

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Dana Babeu, RD, is a registered dietitian at New Jersey Bariatric Center, a medical & surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Somerville, Hoboken, East Brunswick, Hackettstown and Sparta, New Jersey. She provides pre-operative and post-operative nutritional counseling to New Jersey Bariatric Center’s Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, LAP-BAND (gastric band) and revision patients, in addition to dietary counseling for patients in our Medical Weight Loss program.
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