How Many Calories are in Your Weight Loss Smoothie?
By WLR's Food Information Executive, Laurence Beeken
The total calories in a smoothie can range anywhere between 200 to 800, so it is important to choose the right ingredients.
Take a look at the calories in popular ingredients.
Many of the so called diet smoothies claim to contain most of your 5 a day, and some even suggest that they can help weight loss. Premade smoothies are designed to be very palatable and this is what keeps us going back for more.
However, many of the low fat and low calorie smoothies available are not as good for your diet as you may think! Hidden in many are a number of ingredients in a smoothie that can undo all your good work in shifting the pounds.
How Can You Make a Low Calorie Diet Smoothie?
If you want to be sure that you are getting the most from the calories in your diet smoothie, then the best thing to do is make your own. Weight Loss Resources has many low calorie smoothie recipes for you to try in the recipe database. Make sure you add them to your food diary to see exactly which nutrients you are getting.
Diet Smoothie Calories – Fruit Information
One of the favourite smoothie ingredients is the banana, which can contains around 140 calories for a medium sized one, although as fruits go, it is one of the more calorie dense. Other popular (and lower calorie) fruit suitable for smoothies include:
|Data per 100g edible portion||Calories||Carbs||Sugar||Protein||Fat|
Weight Loss Resources' database contains the calories for many other fruit and vegetables, try it free for 24 hours
Diet Smoothie Calories – Liquid Information
Liquids naturally form the main part of the ingredients, but what you use can make a big difference:
|Data per 100ml||Calories||Carbohydrate||Sugar||Protein||Fat|
|Ice or Water||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0|
|Fruit Tea Infusion||2.0||0.3||0.0||0.0||0.0|
Weight Loss Smoothie Calories – Other Ingredients
Other popular ingredients that can be added to your smoothie include:
|Data per Dsp||Calories||Carbohydrate||Sugar||Protein||Fat|
|Vanilla Ice cream||20.1||2.4||2.1||0.4||1.1|
|Low Fat Natural Yoghurt||5.9||0.7||0.7||0.5||0.1|
|Egg, Medium, Raw (each)||71.5||0.4||0.4||6.3||5.0|
Tips to Make Your Smoothie Lower in Calories
If you have a favourite smoothie, you can try a few simple tweaks to bring the calories down:
- Substitute milk for water or fruit tea.
- Swap the fruit for lower calorie options.
- Substitute greens! One cup of spinach contains approximately 7 calories.
- Sweeten with artificial sweetener if you must (or go without) instead of syrups and save.
- Go for low fat options for ingredients where possible.
You can use the tools in Weight Loss Resources to look up the calorie and fat content of over 50,000 foods. Make your own low fat healthy recipes and keep track of the calories. Try it free for 24 hours.