It took me a long time to find a good pre-gym snack. One that had a lot of protein but that tasted good. And most importantly, it had to be something I wouldn’t easily tire of. This year I discovered Greek yogurt smoothies and I’ve been hooked since, as I can always mix up the recipe to keep it interesting. On rest days, sometimes I have one for breakfast instead.
Here are my fav smoothie recipes, which are all 3 Points Plus® unless noted otherwise and call for 1 c. nonfat Greek yogurt OR 3/5 pack of light tofu + 1 c. water +
- Nick’s Standard:1 apple, 1 c. frozen strawberries, 1 c frozen. mango (or mango/pineapple/peach mix)
- Suzy’s Standard: If my mom’s around, I’ll add a banana and/or vanilla yogurt for sweetness. She’ll then add a Splenda packet to hers. (Add 1 Points Plus® for the banana and another if you use vanilla yogurt instead of plain.)
- Pina Colada (for an extra point): 1 c. frozen pineapple, banana, 1 tbsp. sweetened shredded coconut
- Hawaiian: Like the pina colada but add 1 c. frozen strawberries
- Apple Peach: See Nick’s standard but use 2 c. frozen peaches instead of frozen fruit listed
- Cherrylicious: 1 banana, 1 c. frozen cherries, 1 c. frozen mango (or mango/pineapple/peach mix). I’m currently addicted to this one!
Tip: I find my blender works better if I put the yogurt or tofu with the water in first. It’s a very cheap blender, but it gets the job done!
Note: Nick’s Standard & Apple Peach each fill a large yogurt container—that’s a lot of smoothie for 3 points. The others are even larger. Maui Wowi’s 12 oz. black raspberry smoothie is 7 Points Plus®. They use “only the highest grade of fruit juice concentrates,” by the bye. Sounds like a contradiction in terms to me. The only sweeteners in mine are whole fruit, zing!
Note 2: If you want to be a real hippie, grow some wheatgrass and throw that in.