As it turns out, it’s a relatively healthy smoothie, but it’s also a little high in calories.
Since I am on a quest to try and lose a few pounds around my middle, I am going to experiment (with Martha’s help and suggestions) by trying some minor alterations to attempt and make it a little lighter.
I am curious what will happen to my weight if try these changes for a few weeks – but make no other major changes in my life.
Is reducing the overall calories of my morning breakfast smoothie enough to help me feel a little lighter?
I generally don’t weigh myself because I don’t want to become number-focused, but I may pick up a scale for experiments such as this. Otherwise, all I have to go by is how my clothes fit and how I feel overall.
The main ingredients are a collection of some of my favorites, but they do change frequently.
Blueberry Banana Almond Butter Smoothie Ingredients
For example, I usually prefer to use the unsweetened version of Almond Breeze almond milk. But sometimes I can find unsweetened sunflower milk by SOL, or unsweetened coconut milk on sale, so I often substitute. Or, I may use about 1/2 cup of the almond milk and 1/2 cup of sunflower or coconut milk to change things up a bit.
Given this, the nutritionals shown here are only estimates:
Blueberry Banana Almond Butter Smoothie Nutritional Analysis
Also, I frequently change up the amount of cinnamon used – but this won’t really impact the nutritional estimates. I usually add more, but sometimes a little less. Cinnamon is supposed to be healthy and may possibly help to control blood sugar and may also aid the body by boosting brain function. Not only that, but it smells wonderful and I love the taste!
Weight Watchers may want lighten up this recipe by using less almond butter (or skipping it), using half a banana instead of a whole, and by adding ice.
Martha mentioned that smoothies are one of those recipes that can be tricky for Weight Watchers to calculate since fruits and vegetables are usually considered to have 0 Points Plus when eaten in their natural form. But when they’re added to a recipe, as part of a stew or banana bread or a smoothie, the calories are counted and included in calculation of points.
Just curious, do you count fruit points when you add it to a smoothie?
Peter’s Favorite Blueberry Banana Almond Butter Smoothie Recipe
Blueberry Almond Banana Smoothie
Recipe type: Smoothie
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving: 341 calories, 13.4 g fat, 45.7 g carbs, 12.3 g fiber, 16.5 g protein and *9 Points Plus
You may want to try and lighten up this recipe by experimenting with less almond butter (or eliminate it completely), ½ banana instead of a whole, and by adding ice.
This awesome smoothie recipe was made with one of my favorite kitchen tools – a .
I really love it’s versatility because I can easily make hot soups, cold ice creams, hummus, frozen drinks and smoothies, etc. in minutes!
*PointsPlus® for calculated for Peter’s Favorite Blueberry Banana Almond Butter Smoothie by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
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