Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Low-Fat Carrot Cake Smoothie
(288 calories | 8 8 8 myWW *SmartPoints value per serving)
When it gets hot, my smoothie intake skyrockets.
I drink them all year round, but a lot more during the long hot summer here in Phoenix. Especially for breakfast.
They're a cool, refreshing way to begin the day.
So, I've taken my Vitamix Blender out of hiding and placed it on the counter because I'll be using it almost daily for the next several months.
What do you make for breakfast when the weather turns steamy?
Do you also turn to smoothies?
Do you follow a recipe or just wing it?
I'm also intrigued by dessert-inspired smoothies, like this Favorite Skinny Pumpkin Pie Smoothie, which is why I got so excited by the idea of a smoothie flavored like carrot cake.
Do you like carrot cake?
For years it was my favorite dessert. I use to order it for dessert every time I saw it on a menu.
That was before I made the connection between what/how much I ate and my weight 🙂
Now, I rarely order carrot cake and when I do, I'm usually satisfied with a few bites.
They satisfy my desire for carrot cake for a lot fewer calories, so I get to keep living happy, healthy and slim.
Christie from Food Done Light is the inspiration behind this healthy low-fat carrot cake smoothie recipe.
This video shows another easy recipe for making a healthy carrot cake smoothie:
If you like carrot cake, this low fat carrot cake smoothie is a healthy alternative to traditional carrot cake in a drink you can feel good about enjoying for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even dessert.
It was so yummy I had it for breakfast three days in a row last week.
Sweet, creamy and satisfying, it kept me full and happy until lunch.
Skinny on Low Fat Carrot Cake Smoothie
Christie's recipe called for both cottage cheese and yogurt. I used just the cottage cheese.
It's a great alternative if you aren't a fan of the tang of plain Greek yogurt.
And it packs more protein.
To make this work with Weight Watchers Simply Filling, you'll need to use fat-free cottage cheese or count the points.
To boost the protein content even further I used a scoop of vanilla protein powder, and mine has 66 calories and 8 grams of protein per scoop.
Protein powder isn't a Weight Watchers "Power Food" but this smoothie mix is, which seems like an inconsistency.
I compared the my protein powder to the WW smoothie mix ingredients and nutrition facts.
As far as I can tell it's very similar in nutritional makeup.
And as far as I'm concerned healthier, since it's all natural and uses stevia instead of sucralose (which gives me a headache).
So, I'm taking liberties and counting it as a Power Food 🙂
Any protein powder with a similar nutritional makeup would work.
Yours might not end up as ultra smooth and creamy as mine, but it should still taste great.
You also might have to add a little extra liquid.
And, of course, feel free to customize this low-fat carrot cake smoothie recipe anyway you like by adjusting the spices, adding coconut, adding more sweetener, etc.
Whatever you need to do to make it work for you. Just remember to adjust the points accordingly if you're counting.
According to my calculations, each serving of this carrot cake smoothie has about 288 calories and:
8 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
8 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
8 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
6 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Curious about Weight Watchers new myWW Green, Blue and Purple plans? Watch this short video to learn more:
If you like this low fat carrot cake smoothie, be sure to check out my other Weight Watchers friendly smoothie recipes including Papaya Ginger Smoothie, Pineapple Coconut Mango Smoothie, Orange Creamsicle Smoothie, Protein Berry Smoothie and Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Shake.
Low-Fat Carrot Cake Smoothie Recipe
- ½ cup low-fat cottage cheese (use fat-free for WW Simply Filling)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder with about 66 calories and 8 g protein
- ½ cup roughly chopped carrots
- ½ cup crushed pineapple with its juice
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6-8 ice cubes
- To get a creamy consistency, I think you'll need a high powered blender. I used my VitaMix.
- Place all the ingredients into the blender and process until smooth and creamy. (I needed to use my plunger at first to get everything to combine.)
- If you have a less powerful blender, you may need to add a little more liquid for this recipe to work.
Source: adapted from Food Done Light
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
Tools I Used to Make this Low Fat Carrot Cake Smoothie:
More Easy + Healthy Smoothies for Weight Watchers
- Summer Mango Stone Fruit Smoothie (SkinnyTaste)
- Carrot Cake Protein Shake (DashingDish)
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Smoothie (HungryGirl)
- Carrot Cake Smoothie (SnackGirl)
- Coffee Banana Smoothie (Cookin'Canuck)
- Pina Banana Colada Smoothie (SkinnyTaste)
- Orange Julius Protein Smoothie (DashingDish)
- Creamy Coconut Raspberry Smoothie (HungryGirl)
- Chocolate PB2 Smoothie (SnackGirl)
Watch Rockin Robin as she makes her own healthy and delicious carrot cake smoothie:
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