smoothiesSmoothies provide you with essential vitamins and minerals. They also provide an easy way for you to get your daily allowance of fruits and vegetables. They aid in weight loss, improved digestion, detoxification, and you can build muscle and improve athletic performance by adding a protein powder. The best way to make sure your smoothie only contains essential nutrients, is to make it yourself. All you need is a blender, fruit and a base, such as water, milk, or yogurt.

Here are some easy smoothie recipes to get you started:

Mango Madness

Under 200 calories for 1 serving

  • ¼ cup mango cubes, fresh or frozen
  • 1/3 cup mango juice
  • ¼ cup mashed avocado
  • ¼ cup fat free vanilla yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 7 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth.

Watermelon Spritz

Under 200 calories for 1 serving

  • 2 ½ cups seedless watermelon
  • 1/3 cup fat free yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

Hearty Banana

Under 200 calories for 1 serving

  • ½ small ripe banana
  • ½ cup fat free plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup fat free milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 6 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth and creamy.