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Blueberry Smoothie with Greek Yogurt

Updated on May 12, 2013
4.4 stars from 5 ratings of Blueberry Smoothie with 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.

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Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 2 min
Ready in: 4 min
Yields: 2 large smoothies

Ingredients

  • 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)
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Instructions

  1. Combine frozen blueberries, strawberries and other desired fruits into blender. Blender should be no more than halfway filled with fruit.
  2. 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.
  3. Add yogurt to your smoothie and push down into mixture with spoon. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. 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.

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Blenders

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.

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    • madeinla profile image
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      Jolan 3 years ago from West Coast

      Hi sassy, this smoothie will be very thick when made with frozen fruit. The greek yogurt also makes it thick. It makes two 16 ounce smoothies. Let me know how you make out!

      Thanks, Laura

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      sassy 3 years ago

      How thick is this smoothie? How many servings does it make? I've been looking for really thick smoothie recipes and this one looks amazing and i wish to try it out. If you can please answer me that would be awesome :) please and thank you :)

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      Brenda 4 years ago from Springfield, MO

      I have looking for a new breakfast smoothie recipe to try, and this sounds so good. I'm going to give it a try in the morning. Voted up.

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks for your lovely recipe and for your tips about keeping the fruits at best form before making them into a smoothie. I love smoothies -- they're good and healthy! Up and useful. :)

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      Jolan 4 years ago from West Coast

      Hi Eddy, Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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      Jolan 4 years ago from West Coast

      Hi Ceres, glad you checked out my recipe! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Jolan 4 years ago from West Coast

      Hi Duchessoflilac1, glad you liked the recipe! I have a few more good ones that I will post soon.

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      Jolan 4 years ago from West Coast

      Hi cdemp11, thanks for reading! Your green smoothies sound great. I would love to try one with less fruit and more vegetables. I'm a huge fan of avocado, so I look forward to trying your suggestions!

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      Jolan 4 years ago from West Coast

      Hi Monteena, thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy making them!

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      Jolan 4 years ago from West Coast

      Hi Insightful Tiger, thanks for your comment and vote! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.

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      Jolan 4 years ago from West Coast

      Hi Claudia, thanks for stopping by! Every time I make a smoothie, I forget to take my own picture :) I always plan on it, but then I start drinking it right away!

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      Jolan 4 years ago from West Coast

      Hi rust, thanks for reading! I will have to try the blackberries sometime, sounds great!

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      rust 4 years ago from East Texas Woods

      Looks great AND it's healthy! Love blueberries in greek yogurt, blackberries are great too. Nice article!

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      Wow, that Pinterest photograph you selected for this hub really does the job of getting people to click into your hub! The blueberry smoothie looks delicious beyond words.....

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      The smoothie looks delicious! I enjoyed reading the tips and story behind your love affair with smoothies :) Voted up and awesome.

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      Monteena Jones 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      It summer and I'm really looking to make some smoothies. Thanks for the recipe and the tips. Hopefully, I can experiment with your tips and make some great smoothies this summer!

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      Jolan 4 years ago from West Coast

      Hi cdemp11, thanks for reading! Your green smoothies sound great. I would love to try one with less fruit and more vegetables. I'm a huge fan of avocado, so I look forward to trying your suggestions!

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      cdemp11 4 years ago from GA, USA

      Nice hub. I love green smoothies! I drink one almost daily! Mine include kale, spinach, chia, flax, avocado, cinnamon, cucumber, ginger, blueberries/apple, raw honey, and sometimes greek yogurt. I would encourage you to try substituting some kind of greens for some of the fruit (so you have less sugar). Spinach has a very mild flavor, so you taste mostly the fruit, and the avocado gives it a creaminess, as does the frozen berries.

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      Jolan 4 years ago from West Coast

      Hi Duchessoflilac1, glad you liked the recipe! I have a few more good ones that I will post soon.

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      Jolan 4 years ago from West Coast

      Hi Ceres, glad you checked out my recipe! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Jolan 4 years ago from West Coast

      Hi Eddy, Thanks for stopping by! Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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      Jolan 4 years ago from West Coast

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for your comment and vote! I have a few other smoothie recipes that I'll add here later. Looking forward to writing more here on Hubpages!

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      Rebecka Vigus 4 years ago from Johns Island, SC

      Thanks I keep looking for smoothie recipes.

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      This blueberry smoothie with yogurt sounds tasty and delicious. The images you have of it look really good. Now I want a smoothie. And this hub was really informative in that it wasn't just about how to make the smoothie but you also added tips for better smoothies.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Mmmm looks and sounds delicious.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

      This smoothie looks fantastic. And it is definitely a healthy drink to have. Great hub. Thanks for sharing Laura!

      Voted up and awesome.

      Have a nice day,

      Chris