Smoothies are a great way to lose weight with the 17 Day Diet.
When you think of smoothies, breakfast or lunch usually come to mind.
However, this dinner smoothie for the 17 Day Diet is also a great meal replacement.
If you haven’t heard by now, the 17 Day Diet has been updated for 2014 and includes several additions for fat-burning and optimal weight loss.
One of those changes includes an optional Transitional Day Fast.
In a nutshell, the Transitional Day Fast (aka smoothie day) is a special day of fat-burning smoothies in place of your regular three meals.
You can read more about the Transitional Day Fast for the 17 Day Diet.
Dinner Smoothie Ingredients
The dinner smoothie for the 17 Day Diet Transitional Day Fast is more like a green smoothie.
The dinner smoothie ingredients include both spinach and fruit.
Here’s a quick overview of what’s included.
Spinach is great in smoothies – you can barely taste it. Especially when your fruit is ripe.
A tip for blending spinach in smoothies is to freeze your spinach ahead of time.
Using frozen fresh spinach helps allow the green to blend well (it’s basically pulverized in the blender).
Another main ingredient in this dinner smoothie for the 17 Day Diet is blueberries.
Blueberries are lower in sugar than most fruits, and they contain a ton of antioxidants. They are a super food!
The dinner smoothie recipe calls for frozen blueberries.
You can certainly use fresh, but frozen berries will make your smoothie colder and more “slushy”.
Substitutions for Certain Breakfast Smoothie Ingredients
It’s always best to make the smoothies as-is. The doctor formulated the smoothies with certain ingredients for a reason.
However, this dinner smoothie is a hit or miss with community members – some love it and some don’t care for it at all.
If you don’t want to be adventurous and try this smoothie with spinach, for instance, add another scoop of fiber like you did in the lunch smoothie.
If you don’t have matcha green tea powder, or if you’re concerned about the caffeine later in the evening, skip it (or use it in the lunch smoothie instead).
Whey Protein Powder for the 17 Day Diet Smoothies
The recipe calls for vanilla flavored whey protein.
Many flavored protein powders will contain either sugar, artificial sweetener, or a combination of the two.
I highly recommend using a non-flavored whey protein. I use Jarrow’s unflavored whey protein.
When you’re using an unflavored powder, you’re not only eating a cleaner processed food, but you’re also able to control the flavor of your smoothie.
Other Smoothie Recipes for the 17 Day Diet
You can also find the other two recipes for breakfast and lunch:
Here is the dinner smoothie recipe for the 17 Day Diet.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- Large handful of fresh spinach
- 1 serving vanilla whey protein powder
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- Truvia, to taste
- Place the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.
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