Blueberry Smoothie with Greek Yogurt
Smoothies are quick and easy meals that can stand in for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Packed with greek yogurt for protein and berries loaded with antioxidants and fiber, this sweet treat is healthy and fast to prepare.
- 1 1/2 cups Blueberries, (frozen for thicker smoothie)
- 1 cup Strawberries, (frozen for thicker smoothie)
- 1 Banana, (optional)
- 1/2 cup Peaches or Mango, (only if Banana is not desired)
- 1 cup Vanilla or Honey Yogurt, (Greek style for tartness and creaminess)
- 1-2 cups Orange Juice or other fruit juice, (amount depends on blender)
- Combine frozen blueberries, strawberries and other desired fruits into blender. Blender should be no more than halfway filled with fruit.
- Add 1-2 cups of orange juice, apple juice or pineapple juice to blender and blend until smooth. You may need to add more orange juice depending on the strength of your blender.
- Add yogurt to your smoothie and push down into mixture with spoon. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour smoothies into two large glasses and serve with a straw. Enjoy!
Tips for Better Smoothies
I have been making smoothies for the last 7 years. Over the years, I learned that yogurt adds wonderful creaminess and flavor to the final smoothie. Another trick I learned was to freeze all the fruit, including the bananas, for an extra thick smoothie.
I know there are many people who prefer not to put bananas into their smoothies, so I have offered a substitution with either peaches or mango in its place. I have noticed that bananas which are older have had time to develop their natural sugars and add more flavor to the smoothie than newer bananas that are still slightly green and tough.
Depending on the amount of fruit you used, and whether your berries are fresh or frozen, you may need to add more fruit juice to get the smoothie to blend well. Frozen berries will require more juice than fresh ones. You may have to mix by hand with a spoon with blender turned off, if your blender gets stuck trying to blend frozen berries.
I have used orange, apple and fruit juices in my smoothies over the years. I have also experimented with apple cider, pomegranate juice, and sparkling apple cider. All of these variations have turned out to be successful and delicious. I suggest you play around with different ingredients until you find the best combination that works for you.
Fresh vs. Frozen Fruit
I first started making smoothies with leftover frozen fruit that I had originally used to make fruit pancakes. I have generally used frozen fruit in all of my smoothie recipes to date. I enjoy a thicker smoothie, with the consistency of a milkshake.
Fresh fruit will produce a more watery smoothie, but you can add a few ice cubes to thicken it up if you only have fresh fruit on hand. If you have the time, you can always freeze fresh blueberries, and cut up and freeze fresh strawberries for later use. This is a great way to prevent fresh fruit from going to waste!
If you love bananas in your smoothie, please note that you can freeze bananas in the peel in your home freezer. This is a great way to prevent bananas from getting thrown away. When you are ready to make a smoothie, simply let the banana sit out on the counter for a few minutes so it can defrost. When you are ready, cut through the peel with a knife on one end and you should be able to remove the peel. If this task proves difficult, try running it under some warm water. Cut out any bad parts on the banana and remove any strings. You can cut the banana into smaller pieces before adding it into your blender. Frozen bananas will make your smoothie even thicker if that's what you like.
It's important that you have a good, solid blender that can handle frozen fruit or large amounts of fruit and liquid. I used to have a basic blender from Walmart that only cost $7. It broke after a couple of uses. It would be wise if you invested in a more expensive blender that is better quality. My mother was kind enough to let me take her old Osterizer blender from the 70's, back when they were gold with orange and brown buttons. I remembered being the only person in our household to ever use it, so she had no problem letting it go. I recently looked up a stock photo for this article for the blender that I have, to find out that it is now called a "vintage blender." It may be vintage, but it has surely stood the test of time. I noticed that it was made in USA, and after all I have put it through, it has never broken! Knock on wood! I'm not sure I would be able to find one just like it without some searching.
Do you still have an old Osterizer blender?
What is your favorite smoothie recipe? Please share in the comments below!