smoothie swap!

It’s tempting to see “fruit smoothie” on fast food menus and think – oh, perfect, a healthy snack option – quick, easy, fruity – done. However…they typically come packed with more than twice the calories and sugar than a candy bar!! Even in the winter, I still do tend to crave the yummy sweetness that comes in these smoothie/shakes – and Hungry Girl came up with the perfect alternative to satisfy your sweet tooth – or your kid’s! This alternative slashes the calories from a potential 700 to an acceptable-for-a-snack 146!

Thanks, Hungry Girl! Full details here:

HG's Banana-Berry Cloud
HG’s Banana-Berry Cloud

Friends ‘Til the Blend!
Bananas and strawberries go SO well together that we couldn’t resist whipping up this twist on our classic Strawberry Cloud. Especially once we saw the latest over-caloried slurpable concoction being churned out at Carl’s Jr. Read, blend, and sip…

Ingredients:
2/3 cup light vanilla soymilk
1 tbsp. sugar-free fat-free banana-flavored instant pudding mix
Half a 2-serving packet (about 1/2 tsp.) sugar-free strawberry powdered drink mix (like Crystal Light Energy Wild Strawberry)
4 frozen unsweetened strawberries, partially thawed
Half a medium banana, sliced into coins and frozen
1 1/2 cups crushed ice or 8 – 12 ice cubes
2 tbsp. Fat Free Reddi-wip

Directions:
In a large glass, combine soymilk, pudding mix, and powdered drink mix. Stir thoroughly, until mostly dissolved. Transfer to a blender. Add all remaining ingredients except Reddi-wip.

Blend at high speed until thoroughly mixed. If needed, remove blender from the base, stir mixture, and blend again. Pour into the large glass and top with Reddi-wip. Enjoy!!

MAKES 1 SERVING

Serving Size: 1 shake (entire recipe)
Calories: 146
Fat: 1.5g
Sodium: 348mg
Carbs: 29g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 14g
Protein: 4.5g

PointsPlus
® value 4*

Carl's Jr. Strawberry Banana Smoothie Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shake
Carl’s Jr. Strawberry Banana Smoothie Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shake

Daydream Deceiver!
This may be the most ridiculous name for anything ever… and the most deceptive. Most people in a hurry (like us) would read it off the menu board and think, “Oh, it’s a smoothie! That’s a good choice; it’s not like it’s a milkshake or anything.” NO! STOP! It IS a milkshake! Get this — “Strawberry Banana Smoothie” is the FLAVOR. That’s CUCKOO! And you’ll wanna sit down for this next part — the crazy thing has 700 calories and 34 grams of fat! There’s even a malt version, with 770 calories. This junior of Carl’s has got some nerve. Luckily, we’ve put together a refreshing swap that has bananas and strawberries and no deception whatsoever. Unless the term “cloud” has you expecting a visible mass of condensed vapor. In which case, you definitely won’t be interested in ourDeath by Chocolate Cupcakes

Serving Size: 1 shake
Calories: 700
Fat: 34g
Sodium: 260mg
Carbs: 86g
Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 73g
Protein: 14g

PointsPlus® value 19*

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