I’m a week into my journey to lose weight and inches and get healthier with Shaklee 180, a weight loss program. Click here if you missed my other posts about this journey. Well, what got me to this bulging, completely overweight point in my life is my love for — nay, addiction to — sugar. That isn’t going to go away overnight. Which means that I often still crave a little something sweet. Of course, cookies and ice cream wouldn’t be very conducive to getting my act together, so I’ve been avoiding them like the plague.
However, I DO have a thing for smoothies. Sweet, berry-flavored ones. I learned, through a little research, that smoothies from some of my favorite stores, which shall remain nameless, contain a crap load of sugar and calories. Surprise, surprise. And while I’ve always made smoothies at home, this process usually involved tossing whatever I felt like into the blender, with no measuring or concern over the nutrition of the finished product.
This time, though, I made my own Caribbean Smoothie down to a science, and measured. Every. Single. Ingredient. Just so I could replicate it and share it with you. And you know what? Even without all the sugar I usually add, it was delicious! And about 124 calories for an 8 oz. serving. Read: A lot less than any store-bought smoothie I’ve ever had (though I’m sure I could’ve found lower-calorie options if I had tried). Want the recipe? I thought you might
- 16 oz. 100% orange juice
- 1 cup strawberry halves
- 1 cup diced papaya
- 1 medium banana, peeled
- 2 tbsp. cream of coconut (I use the Coco Goya brand, which I find at Walmart and Kroger.
- Small bowl of ice
MAKES: About four-and-a-half 8oz. servings.
It is important to note that “cream of coconut” is NOT the same as coconut milk. Once you have the ingredients gathered, simply blend them all together on high speed until everything is fully pulverized. You should end up with about 36 oz. of smoothie — enough for the whole family.
Now, for the nutritional content. I whipped up this handy graphic for your enjoyment:
Of course, 8 ounces is not a whole lot, particularly if you’re used to store-bought smoothies of 20 ounces or more. But this is meant to be a treat — not a whole meal. And portion control is one of the quickest ways to jump start your weight loss. So an 8 ounce serving size it is — unless you’re not watching your weight. In which case, feel free to have as much as you want
It is worth mentioning that a single 8 ounce serving contains about 16 grams of sugar (albeit from natural sources), so keep that in mind if you’re watching your sugar and carb intake. But since a single meal replacement bar on the Shaklee 180 program contains 19 grams of sugar, I figured I’d be OK. After drinking nothing but water all day, every day for nearly a week, this tasted like magic in my mouth. Eight ounces was just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth, AND I could count it as a serving of fruit in my daily allotment. Score!
Disclosure: I am one of 50 bloggers participating in Shaklee’s Cinchspiration challenge. This recipe, and my opinion of it, are completely my own.