Tasty hot and cold beverages to enjoy on your diet journey

While dieting every once in awhile we must take time for a special treat. Why not make  yourself a nice creamy shake or a frozen smoothie?

Those and many more great beverage recipes are found here.

As an added feature each beverage recipe preview provides you with the calories, carbohydrates, proteins and major vitamins per suggested serving.

 Choose the one that sounds the most exciting and enjoy.
Top 14 great tasting low calorie hot & cold beverage recipes
  [ Ice Fruit Smoothie ]   [ Citrus Banana Slush ]   [ Banana Kiwi Smoothie ]   [ Strawberry Soy Smoothie ]   [ Nut Milkshake ]   [ Fruit & Nut Milkshake ]   [ Mixed Fruit Yogurt Smoothie ]   [ Green Juice ]   [ Brown Rice Tea ]   [ Hot Chocolate ]   [ Coconut Milk Fruit Smoothie ]   [ Iced Green Tea ]   [ Creamsicle Milkshake ]   [ Chai Breakfast Shake ]  

Ice Fruit Smoothie
Per Serving Info: | Calories: 444 | Carb: 58.40g | Prot: 57.60g | Fat: 3.31g
An all fruit smoothie with a protein kick.

2 medium strawberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 extra small banana
1/2 cup sliced mango
1/2 cup orange juice
1 oz pomegranates
2.4 oz whey

Combine all ingredients and blend to desired consistency.

Citrus Banana Slush
Per Serving Info: | Calories: 169 | Carb: 41.90g | Prot: 2.27g | Fat: 0.65g
A refreshing frozen treat to replace ice cream.

6 cups sliced bananas
3 cups diced pineapple
6 cups orange juice

Slice bananas in a large bowl.
Add chunked pineapple.
Pour orange juice over the fruit and stir together.
Divide orange juice mixture into small containers and freeze.
When fully frozen, chop up a bit to eat.

Banana Kiwi Super Smoothie
Per Serving Info: | Calories: 347 | Carb: 55.14g | Prot: 26.87g | Fat: 4.90g
A high in nutrients protein shake for the muscles and taste buds.

1 large banana
1 kiwi fruit
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
6 oz nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Chop fruits.
Blend all ingredients for 1-2 minutes.

Strawberry Soy Smoothie
Per Serving Info: | Calories: 216 | Carb: 31.80g | Prot: 10.57g | Fat: 5.02g
This smoothie is filling and has low Weight Watchers points.

1 cup vanilla soy milk
1 tbsp imitation vanilla extract
1/4 cup wheat bran
3 servings 1 packet splenda
1 cup whole strawberries
8 ice cubes ice cubes

Place all ingredients in the blender and mix till smooth.
Serve immediately. Makes one big serving that will keep you full for a while.
Note: you can substitute the strawberries with any other of your favorite fruit (blueberries, peaches, bananas etc. but remember to adjust the points accordingly.)

Fruit & Nut Milkshake
Per Serving Info: | Calories: 210 | Carb: 29.58g | Prot: 7.10g | Fat: 8.56g
If you like butter pecan ice cream then you'll love this recipe.

1 large banana
20 seedless red grapes
1 oz lightly salted almonds
1 cup light soymilk

Combine all ingredients in a blender.
Blend until desired consistency.
Note: use a blender that will grind/blend whole nuts and fruit. Add more fruit for a thicker consistency.

Mixed Fruit Yogurt Smoothie
Per Serving Info: | Calories: 125 | Carb: 25.52g | Prot: 3.01g | Fat: 2.20g
Really yummy blueberry, apple, orange, banana and yogurt smoothie.

1 cup blueberries
1 medium banana
1 cup orange juice
1 medium apple
1 container plain yogurt

Toss all ingredients in the blender.
Add as much water or ice as you prefer.
Blend to preferred consistency.

Green Juice
Per Serving Info: | Calories: 199 | Carb: 50.74g | Prot: 3.91g | Fat: 0.86g
Fruits and vegetables juice, ideal when it's hot outside.

2 cups diced pineapple
2 cups cucumber
5 leaves mint
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup baby spinach

Put the pineapple and the cucumber into the blender.
Add the other ingredients and blend together.
Note: add a bit of crushed ice into the blender if you want it to be fresher.

Brown Rice Tea
Per Serving Info: | Calories: 0 | Carb: 0.00g | Prot: 0.00g | Fat: 0.00g
Brown rice tea is very healthy and you can drink it all day long.

5 g brown rice tea (genmaicha)
10 cups water

Get some brown rice tea, often called Genmaicha, in Japanese.
Boil 1.5 liters of fresh water in a pot or tea kettle. As soon as it is boiling turn it off and wait for 3-5 minutes.
Genmaicha should be boiled at a temp of 175 °F to 185 °F (80 °C to 85 °C). If you don't have a thermometer to test the temp of the water, just shut off the heat as soon as the water has started boiling, and wait 5 minutes for the water to cool off a little.
Measure 5 teaspoons of the Genmaicha into a 1.5 liter pan, and pour the hot water into the pot. Let the tea steep from 3-5 minutes but no more than 5 minutes or it will be too strong. I find that 3 minutes is perfect!
Immediately strain your tea and water into another pot, or teapot, removing all tea from your water, and let it sit at room temperature for awhile; depending on your preferences, drink it hot, or allow it to cool.

Hot Chocolate
Per Serving Info: | Calories: 136 | Carb: 23.61g | Prot: 11.58g | Fat: 2.66g
Has your sweet tooth been hurting you lately? Here's another way to get your chocolate fix - guilt free.

1 cup fat free milk
3 tbsps unsweetened powdered cocoa
3 packets Splenda sweetener
1/4 tsp vanilla

You will need 2 standard sized mugs (8-12 oz.) for this beverage which is easiest prepared using a microwave, although you could use a stovetop. Have a teaspoon ready for stirring.
To one mug, add the dry ingredients: the Splenda (or equivalent substitute) and the cocoa, like Hershey's brand.
Add the non-fat milk to the other mug. Place this mug in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes, or until the milk is very hot to touch (not quite boiling but not curdled).
Pour milk into the mug with the dry ingredients. Stir vigorously. This will make the hot chocolate nice and frothy, with a good body (contributing to the illusion that you made it with a higher-fat milk).
Taste your creation. If it is not sweet enough, cautiously add additional sweetener. If desired, add the vanilla extract, as well. Re-stir as needed.

Coconut Milk Fruit Smoothie
Per Serving Info: | Calories: 108 | Carb: 16.24g | Prot: 0.66g | Fat: 4.08g
Super low in calories, delicious and filling.

15 raspberries
4 medium strawberries
2 tsps sugar
5 ice cubes
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk

Take the leaves off the strawberries and pick out any debris from the raspberries.
Put all the ingredients in the blender in this order: ice, berries, sugar then milk.
Blend until smooth.
Note: add fiber powder or protein powder as desired.
129 members have added this recipe to their cookbook.

Iced Green Tea
Per Serving Info: | Calories: 12 | Carb: 2.73g | Prot: 0.05g | Fat: 0.00g
A delicious refreshing summer drink.

4 cups green tea
4 packets sweetener
10 ice cubes

Brew tea as directed.
Mix with sweetener (like Equal) packets.
Pour over ice and enjoy!

Creamsicle Milkshake
Per Serving Info: | Calories: 214 | Carb: 31.11g | Prot: 19.07g | Fat: 0.46g
A delicious thick orange cream shake.

1 cup plain fat free yogurt
1 cup nonfat milk
1/2 tsp sugar free orange gelatin powder

Combine ingredients and a few ice cubes in blender.
Blend on high until smooth.
Note: any flavor gelatin powder works.

Chocolate Soy Milk Shake
Per Serving Info: | Calories: 165 | Carb: 13.83g | Prot: 20.59g | Fat: 4.24g
A soy shake that pucks a punch.

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
1 cup ice
2 servings 1 packet equal sweetener

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until ice is blended.
Note: use light soy milk if available.

Chai Breakfast Shake
Per Serving Info: | Calories: 140 | Carb: 26.96g | Prot: 2.69g | Fat: 3.98g
A spiced creamy shake, perfect for breakfast.

1 small banana
1 cup almond milk
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 oz agave syrup

Mix all the ingredients together in a blender.
Add some crushed ice.
Blend everything together until smooth and a foam has formed.
Note: you can replace the agave syrup with any sweetener you prefer.