Are you trying to start the new year off on the right foot by eating healthy and trying to maintain or lose weight? This Kiwi and Kale Smoothie recipe is a great way to begin 2015 because it’s made with some of my favorite healthy ingredients including kale, kiwi, nonfat Greek yogurt, mango and a the low calorie sweetener, aspartame. Aspartame is ideal to use in this recipe (as well as many others) because it adds just the right amount of sweetness without adding calories. Aspartame can truly be part of a healthy diet. The rapid rise in aspartame’s popularity can be attributed to the many benefits aspartame provides to calorie-conscious consumers. Aspartame is also beneficial in weight control. With nearly two out of three Americans considered overweight or obese, taking steps to assure appropriate calorie intake is very important. Because products with aspartame are lower in calories than their sugar-sweetened counterparts, using products with aspartame together with regular physical activity can help with weight management. Check out this calorie savings calculator to find out the number of calories you can save using an aspartame-sweetened product instead of a full calorie product. This post is sponsored by the Calorie Control Council, but all opinions are my own.
Kiwi and Kale Smoothie
1 banana, peeled
2 cups fresh cubed pineapple
2 kiwi, peeled and sliced
11/2 cups fresh kale leaves
1 (6-ounce) container nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/2 scoop protein powder (optional)
2 packets equal or low calorie sweetener
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup crushed ice
1 cup frozen mango cubes
1. Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Serve immediately.