Thursday, September 17, 2009

Healthy, Delicious Smoothie

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I am a big fan of smoothies! When we were first married my husband would make me a smoothie at least a couple of times a week. However, this smoothie is significantly healthier than the ones we used to make. This has such great flavor and is full of fruit--what could be bad about that? I now prefer making this over buying a smoothie from Jamba Juice. It also has the perfect amount of sweetness for me. And if you're doing (or have ever done) Weight Watchers, each serving is only two points (it makes two huge glass-full servings). You could totally adapt this smoothie to include various fruits and shake it up however you like. I love having this as a snack or even with breakfast. My kiddos love it too.

Mixed Berry Smoothie

1/2 C skim milk
1/2 C water
8 Splenda packets
1/8 C orange juice concentrate
1 1/2-2 C Kirkland brand blueberry, marionberry, raspberry frozen berry mix
2-3 tsp vanilla
1/2 C ice

Put all ingredients except ice into a blender. Blend. Add ice if you want it to be thicker.

Tips: Kirkland brand is purchased at Costco. You could substitute any mix of frozen berries--I haven't tried strawberries but it would probably be great. I love the blueberries in the mixture! If you want it a little bit sweeter--add more vanilla or Splenda packets. This is a really thick smoothie, so you could add more milk and no ice if you want it less thick.

Serves 2; Weight Watcher Points Plus: 2

5 comments:

Brandon said...

Hey Maris, this looks good! Lindsey and I love to make smoothies. She used to work at Jamba so that's pretty cool! Btw, I love that you called it "Zuka" juice. Wow, that takes me back ;)

-Brandon

Marisa said...

What???? Is it not Zuka anymore???? I went back and forth on what it's really called. I guess I'll have to go and change it to save face...a little bit :-)

Melody said...

Thanks for the points too. This looks delicious!

Barbara Bakes said...

I need to make more smoothies! Yours looks great! Have you tried using agave nectar in place of the Splenda?

Marisa said...

I haven't tried the Agave in it--I bet it would be awesome, Barbara. I saw all of your recipes using it and need to get me some. Do you get it at a health food store like Whole Foods or Good Earth?