If you feel that plain fruit smoothies lack something in them, it may be time to make healthy fruit smoothies with Greek yogurt. Greek style yogurt is thick and velvety. It makes your smoothies richer and creamier while providing extra protein, calcium and other minerals. Bump up the taste and nutrition level of your smoothie with yogurt.
What is Greek Yogurt
Greek style yogurt is a thick yogurt made from cow’s milk or goat’s milk. Cream can be added when making the yogurt for a higher fat content. Greek yogurt is triple strained to remove more moisture and leave a thicker consistency.
When used for cooking and baking, Greek yogurt does not separate, unlike regular yogurt.
Health Benefits of Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt in rich in calcium and contains more protein than regular yogurt. It is gluten free and safe for diabetics and vegetarians. Yogurt promotes a healthy colon, thanks to the lactobacteria it contains. Calcium and other nutrients in yogurt are more easily assimilated by the body. Yogurt is easily digested and boosts the body’s immune system.
How to Make Healthy Smoothies with Greek Yogurt
A blender is necessary if you are going to make a smoothie. You can use a small personal blender or a large all purpose blender to make bigger batches.
Fruits are often used when making smoothies, although some smoothie recipes have vegetables in them. Fruits may be fresh or frozen. You may use one kind of fruit or a combination of different fruits. Bananas, strawberries, melons, grapes, peaches, pineapples, blueberries, pears, mangoes and papayas are smoothie favorites. When using frozen fruits, you may need less ice or none at all.
For a thick and creamy smoothie, add yogurt to your recipe. Greek yogurt makes a delicious and healthy addition to smoothies. Yogurt adds flavor, texture and nutrients to your fruit smoothies. You may want to use low-fat versions if you are counting calories.
To get the right consistency for your smoothie, you will need some type of liquid. You can add water, milk or fruit juice. Add enough liquid to get the consistency you like.
Try the simple Greek yogurt smoothie recipe below.
Triple Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 2 small bananas, sliced and frozen
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 to 2 tbsp honey
Put all ingredients in a blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.