Sugar-Free Breakfast Shake with Veggie Ice Cubes

Ok, so you’re probably wondering what in the world today’s post is about. To explain a bit, I often put ice in my smoothies. Lately, I’ve been wanting to try freezing a high water content vegetable with a mild taste to replace the ice with and up my veggie content. Enter my high water content friends, zucchini and cucumber….

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….these boys work just like ice cubes in that they help create a cold, thick treat.

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All you do to make them is peel the veggies, dice them, pop them into a Tupperware, and freeze them! They add volume and nutrition without adding calories!…and they’re delicious in today’s breakfast shake…

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….this shake is a great way to start the day, as it has fruit, vegetables, and whole grains…..

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…and it’s super easy!

Sugar-Free Breakfast Shakes with Veggie Ice Cubes
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast/Snack
Cuisine: Smoothie/Shake
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple, cored
  • 1 pear, cored
  • ½-2/3 c. orange juice
  • 2 T. raisins (or 2 dates)
  • ½ c. oatmeal (cooked oats)
  • ¼ c. frozen zucchini or cucumber cubes or a handful of ice cubes
  • a few dashes of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Pour ½ cup orange juice into the blender.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Blend everything together until smooth.
  4. Add in a few extra splashes of orange juice, if needed, to create your ideal consistency.
Notes
The nutrition data are based on using ⅔ cup orange juice and raisins. Weight Watchers points (using the new system): 8
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 Calories: 295 Fat: 1.8 g Saturated fat: 0 g Unsaturated fat: 1.8 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 69.8 g Sugar: 38.3 g Sodium: 6 mg Fiber: 8.9 g Protein: 4.6 Cholesterol: 0 mg

All of the fruit along with the raisins makes it sweet enough for me (especially in the morning), but feel free to add another date or tablespoon of raisins if you like it sweeter!

What’s your favorite smoothie to have in the morning?

Shared with: Whole Foods Wednesday , Healthy 2day, Healthy Vegan Friday

 

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Comments: 8

  1. Dana January 9, 2013 at 9:01 am Reply

    Great idea! Not to sound pedantic, but here’s an even better idea. If you really want to “up” your phytonutrients, try making green smoothies on a regular basis. The sky is the limit with what you can do with them (as I’m sure you know). Next time, try using your recipe, omit the raisins (dates) and oatmeal, and also replace your orange juice for either coconut water or just plain water, but “up” your greens by using spinach, kale, chard, or collard greens, etc. by using at least 2 c worth in this smoothie. It’s delicious. If one isn’t quite used to that much “greens” in a smoothie, start out with less. But eventually, you’ll automatically start craving them AND craving less sweetness having to be added to your green smoothies. Google green smoothies, there are tons. Great resource is http://www.blenditandmendit.com or rawfamily.com. Cheers! :)

  2. Teri Gelseth January 9, 2013 at 10:18 am Reply

    This is genius! I cant wait to try it! I think I will add some wheat germ and coconut oil… mmmmm!

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    • Lauren January 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm Reply

      Thank you! Both of your additions sound wonderful!

  3. Marya@PartTimeHealthNut.com January 9, 2013 at 4:17 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness, I love this idea!!
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    • Lauren January 9, 2013 at 6:21 pm Reply

      Thanks girl! :-)

  4. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance January 10, 2013 at 3:14 am Reply

    I love the idea to freeze the veggies–especially if you have some that you feel you can’t use up. I hate to see any produce go bad! :)
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  5. Emily January 10, 2013 at 3:42 am Reply

    Love the idea of freezing zucchini for this! For too long now I have just been grilling them and adding them as a side to whatever meal we’re having, to get them all used up.
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    • Lauren January 10, 2013 at 5:51 pm Reply

      Thanks Emily!…and thanks for the visit! :-)

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