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Cutting back calories without cutting back enjoyment

The scale has once again been stuck, stuck, STUCK as I push my metabolism back into motion after the "unfortunate month of generic thyroid medication."

So I've been looking for ways to shave off calories here and there, and I found a couple of smoothie subs that make a big dent in calories but not in nutrition or flavor.

I used to buy bags and bags of frozen mango but I've switched to frozen peaches, which have nearly HALF the calories. Frozen raspberries are also really low in calories and they add a bunch of dietary fiber.

I've also switched from regular almond milk to unsweetened almond milk and that also knocks off half the calories. With the fruit and protein powder you can't really tell the difference. I've been using Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk, which works great. I can't say it's great for drinking straight because it really is UNsweetened but it's perfect to add into recipes.

Here's a quick smoothie that features raspberries and peaches -- my latest flavor obsession.

Raspberry-Peachy Smoothie

  • Raspberry Peachy Smoothie8 ounces unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Twinlab Clean Series vanilla sport)
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 3/4 cup frozen peaches

That's it!

It's not super sweet but you can add a little sweetening of your choice. Depending on your protein powder, the smoothie is around 250 calories.