Healthy Smoothies with Greek Yogurt: How to Run on the Wild Side
A yogurt and fruit smoothie is a quick and convenient way to add fruits and calcium to your diet. When making a yogurt smoothie, it’s best to use plain yogurt especially if you will be adding a lot of fruits. You may want to use nonfat or low-fat yogurt to cut down on calories if you are trying to lose weight. For an extra thick drink, you can make healthy smoothies with Greek yogurt.
Yogurt smoothies are healthy because they are packed with calcium, iodine, phosphorous, Vitamin B2 and protein. There are different styles of yogurt, including Greek yogurt and kefir. Greek style yogurt is thicker than regular American yogurt and it can be made from cow’s milk or goat’s milk.
Traditional Greek yogurt might have a higher fat content than regular yogurt. But these days, however, low fat Greek style yogurt is also available.
How to get it
Greek yogurt is available at specialty stores. But if you can’t find any, you still can strain some regular yogurt through a cheese cloth. Line a strainer with cheese cloth and put it over a bowl. Pour your yogurt on the cheese cloth, cover with a plate and store in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning you’ll find some milky liquid (whey) in the bowl, leaving behind the thickened Greek style yogurt.
Yogurt Smoothie Tips
This tips might be useful when preparing your own healthy smoothies with Greek Yogurt. They’re easy to remember:
- Use low fat Greek yogurt to cut down on calories.
- Use Greek yogurt for a healthy, high-protein smoothie.
Yogurt Smoothie Recipes
Yogurt smoothies are creamy and delicious. When there is no milk around or if you cannot tolerate milk, yogurt is an excellent option. People with lactose intolerance can usually digest yogurt easily. The healthy smoothie recipes below use Greek yogurt. Try them and you may never want regular yogurt again.