Friday, January 14, 2011

Good-for-you Orange Creamsicle Smoothie & Weight Loss Tips from WW

Need a little 'pick me up'?   This is a healthy and filling drink that you're sure to enjoy.  It tastes like a creamsicle in a glass! It's great for breakfast or an after school snack. 

I was sorting through a old pile of recipes and this one crossed my path, so...I made it for hubby and me to have an after-dinner treat and it was so delicious.  He wanted more, but it was gone.  I'm sure we will try it again soon.  I always have these ingredients on hand.

Try it, you'll like it.


1 cup skim milk
1 (6 ozs) container (Greek) low/non-fat vanilla yogurt
1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, partially thawed
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
5 ice cubes, crushed

Combine milk, yogurt, orange juice concentrate and vanilla in blender.  Blend 15 seconds to combine ingredients. Add ice cubes and blend about 20 seconds longer until frothy.  Serve immediately - serves 2.

Nutritional info per serving: (using low-fat yogurt) 198 cals., 1.5 gr. fat, 10 gr. prot., 38 gr. carbs, 1.5 gr. fiber, 128 mg. sodium

This recipe is linked to Sweets for a Saturday


Sometimes I just need a little pumping up to keep me on the right track headed toward weight loss, so when I came across these

I just had to share! Hope they give you inspiration also!

1.A spoonful of sugar can add up over the course of a year. Add one less teaspoon of sugar (15 calories) to your cup of morning and afternoon coffee each day and you'll save about 10,000 calories—the equivalent of about 3 pounds per year.

2.Slim down that bowl of cereal: Switch from 1 cup regular whole milk to 1% milk (about 50 calories less per cup) every day. Once your taste buds adjust, you'll be thrilled! That's a tad more than 5 pounds lost by this time next year.

3.Take the scenic route. Park your car as far as possible from the entrance to your office, the shopping mall or a restaurant and get those legs pumping. Ten minutes of daily moderate paced walking (five minutes each way burns about 20 calories) can take off over 4 pounds a year.*

4.Get your vitamin C boost with a whole orange (60 calories) instead of a cup of juice (110 calories) each day. Your 12-month weight loss: 5 1/4 pounds.

5.Go calorie-free by switching from regular to diet soda (150 versus 0 calories per can). If you drink one can per day, that's nearly 16 pounds lost in a year.

6.Flavor your sandwiches with very low-cal condiments like mustard or vinegar instead of calorie-packed mayo. Leave off 1 tablespoon (100 calories) every day and you're looking at close to 10 1/2 pounds a year.

7.Downsize, don't super-size, fast food meals. Opt for a small McDonald's French fries (250 calories) instead of a large order (570 calories) at your weekly fast-food meal. You'll enjoy the same great taste all year long but with an added bonus: almost 5 pounds lost.

Linked to Ingredient Spotlight
                 Breakfast Ideas Monday
           Ingredient Spotlight - Yogurt


  1. Great tips Marsha! That smoothie looks awesome! With all the recipe testing that I do for my blog, I need some great lower fat recipes like this so I don't gain too much weight. Thanks for another great recipe! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

  2. I love smoothies, and an orange creamsicle is one of my favorites. I am definitely going to introduce this to my family. Great tips too!!

  3. We are smoothie lovers too! This would be a great dessert option instead of Dairy Queen Blizzards :)

  4. Love love love smoothies! I have had one every day since January 1st- and what a difference I have felt. SO much more energy :)

    I wanted to invite you to share this recipe (and others) at my weekly event titled Seasonal Sundays- as it fits the theme nicely.

    Happy Sunday! :)

  5. Yumyum! i have found in smoothies you can actually used the sectioned citrus fruit in place of just juice! :) thanks for sharing on MIYMM!

  6. That smoothie looks wonderful. Oranges make me feel healthy :)

  7. What a delicious smoothie! Thanks for sharing at Breakfast Ideas Mondays!