What Are the Different Types of Low-Fat Smoothies?

Cynde Gregory

Smoothies are a quick and easy way to get several servings of fruit, fiber, calcium, and other nutritional pluses into a drinkable meal. Not only are they quick to prepare, but they taste almost sinfully delicious because of their creamy sweetness. In fact, smoothies can be a calorie and fat-laden minefield. Fortunately, low-fat smoothies made with reduced-fat milk, soy, almond, or coconut milk or other bases, such as sherbet or yogurt, offer options.

Wheat germ can be added to smoothies.
Wheat germ can be added to smoothies.

The easiest way to keep fat out of a smoothie is to begin with ingredients that have trimmed out as much of it as possible without compromising taste. Some folks have trained their mouths to drink nonfat milk without a problem, but others find that 1% or 2% milk fat is as low as their taste-o-meters will go. Gradually replacing a little of the milk with the nonfat version won’t be as noticeable if the smoothie also contains a dollop of yogurt or kefir. Within just a week or two, low-fat smoothies made with nonfat milk alone will taste perfectly fine.

A low-fat smoothie made with strawberries.
A low-fat smoothie made with strawberries.

Some folks don’t like dairy, and in the world of smoothies, that’s just fine because there are a lot of other options. Blending pineapple, strawberries, apple, or any other combination of fruit with a splash of water and some crushed ice creates a fruit bowl in a glass for on-the-go sipping. A drizzle of honey or a bit of naturally sweet stevia helps brighten up the flavor, and some smoothie lovers like to add a drop or two of vanilla or almond extract as well as a squeeze of lemon or lime.

Smoothies are created using a variety of fruits, juices, and ice.
Smoothies are created using a variety of fruits, juices, and ice.

Another nondairy option is to begin with unsweetened soy or almond milk with a lower fat content. A clever way to make this smoothie seem more deliciously naughty than it is is to add a frozen banana to the blender. Even those who aren’t banana fans note it adds an ice-creamy texture without banana flavor. In addition to the banana, adding pineapple and mango as well as a little coconut extract puts a tropical spin on these low-fat smoothies. They’re just as good, though, with a handful of berries instead.

Spinach can be used to make healthy, green smoothies.
Spinach can be used to make healthy, green smoothies.

Low-fat smoothies made with yogurt or kefir contain high calcium and revved-up taste. Soft fruit like peaches or raspberries are good additions to this type of smoothie. Some folks like to add a little wheat germ or some chopped nuts.

Smoothies can be made with sherbet.
Smoothies can be made with sherbet.
A smoothie maker is an important appliance for people who enjoy making smoothies often.
A smoothie maker is an important appliance for people who enjoy making smoothies often.
Cocoa powder, which is low in fat, adds a chocolate taste to smoothies.
Cocoa powder, which is low in fat, adds a chocolate taste to smoothies.
Low-fat smoothies can be made from reduced-fat milk, soy, almond or coconut milk.
Low-fat smoothies can be made from reduced-fat milk, soy, almond or coconut milk.
A low-fat smoothie may feature kale and other nutrient-rich green vegetables.
A low-fat smoothie may feature kale and other nutrient-rich green vegetables.

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