There’s no doubt that smoothies are here to stay, but what’s the best way to enjoy smoothies and your favorite snacks without packing on extra calories? The editors of Cooking Light have answers in the special edition, Smoothies & Snacks, which includes over 50 of our best recipes for delicious smoothies that you can have for breakfast, lunch, or any time you need a boost. As always with Cooking Light recipes, we focus on whole-food ingredients, less sugar, and as little fat as possible. We also include our favorite snack recipes, in case you need a nosh in addition to your smoothie. Plus, with our best tips on smoothie “dos and don’ts,” you’ll be a smoothie pro in no time flat!
RISE & SHINE
PREP SCHOOL • Yes, smoothies are naturally quick. But some mornings push even the most devout smoothie aficionado to the limit. Tackle each time-crunched breakfast and cranky after-school snacker with these easy techniques.
BOWL ME OVER
PEANUT BUTTER • Nut butters—packed with satiating protein and fiber (4g and 1g per tablespoon, respectively)—help keep your stomach from rumbling between meals and are a great source of heart-healthy fats. Pick a natural nut butter that includes only nuts (and occasionally sugar and salt) in the ingredient list. Before adding to your smoothie, give it a good stir to incorporate the oils that may have separated.
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