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I have been making smoothies for breakfast. They are healthy and very portable, and they hold me over until lunchtime. I use all healthy ingredients and include less than a tablespoon of peanut butter for protein. But by the time you add the fruit, the fat-free yogurt, the wheat germ and the peanut butter, they end up packing a lot of calories. What could I change to keep it delicious, but cut some calories?

Smoothies can pack a lot of calories, but this is also related to portion size. Use fat-free yogurt to reduce calories. First, I'd suggest you reduce the portion size. The ingredients you are adding sound fine. Check the Fruit & Veggies More Matters website for smoothie recipes. How much fruit and yogurt you add also could make some difference. But first check the portion size (an 8-ounce glass would likely be a serving).

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