A cool delicious drink, with plenty of vitamins, minerals, and not so many calories, carbs, or fat is the glorious smoothie. Surely you've had one. If not--you're in for a major treat--that won't be self-destructive, either.
You can make smoothies at home if you have a blender, food processor, or even an electric mixer.
Start with: 1 banana, 3 ice cubes, 1/2 cup fruit juice. You can add any other fruit you choose: strawberries, raspberries, cherries, apple slices, kiwi, oranges, whatever you're in the mood for. I recommend fresh fruit, but it's also good sometimes to use frozen fruit or even a canned fruit. That means you can always have the ingredients on hand and make one anytime. (Just avoid processed fruits that have added sugar).
You can add "power" ingredients, too. Like protein powder you get at a health-food store, or wheat germ, or an energy booster such as ginseng. You can add herbs, too, if you're feeling the need. (Check with your doctor first, though, because herbs can be powerful and may have side effects or negative interactions with medications).
If you want to make it a dairy smoothie, add 1/4 cup skim milk or non-fat yogurt. Some folks add ice cream, sherbet or sorbet, but for those of us losing weight or maintaining a weight loss, that decision needs to be carefully considered.
Remember, you're getting your daily serving of fruit when you have a smoothie. Also know that a little smoothie goes a long way, so don't drink a lot.