How to Make Fruit Smoothies With Yogurt
As warmer weather approaches, it's time to think about cool, refreshing, and healthy snacks that won't have a negative effect on our waistlines. A smoothie is a great snack, dessert, or can even be part of a light breakfast. What is a smoothie? It is simply a drink containing some sort of liquid, fruit, possibly protein powder or other supplement in a powdered form, and ice, which is then blended into a "smooth" drink. The explosion in popularity of smoothies over the past few years is apparent by the number and variety of smoothies now available in fast food and coffee shop menus. Smoothies are easy and inexpensive to make at home, and by using yogurt and fruit you can keep them healthy as well.
How to Make Yogurt Smoothies with Frozen Fruit
- Frozen berries are great in smoothies. Try strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries.
- Using frozen fruit may be your only option in winter, or a cheaper option than buying fresh fruit.
- Let the fruit thaw for about fifteen minutes prior to blending it. This allows it to blend a little smoother and you won't have annoying chunks in your smoothie.
- Using frozen fruit means you don't have to use ice cubes or crushed ice in your smoothies, which will dilute it.
You can always add a jar of baby food pureed fruit to your yogurt - this is a good way to use up leftovers that baby just won't eat.
How to Make Yogurt Smoothies with Fresh Fruit
- Use fresh fruit when it is in season and less expensive. Fresh berries work well in yogurt smoothies and can be combined with flavored yogurt for a variety of smoothies.
- Bananas are the perfect fresh fruit to combine with yogurt for a smoothie. Use bananas that are ripe (dark yellow skin with one or two brown spots) as they are softer and will blend more easily. Use bananas on their own, or with another fruit such as strawberry. TIP: for a thicker smoothie, use two bananas for 2 cups of liquid (including yogurt).
- If you are using fruits such as apples, plums, peaches or pears in your yogurt smoothie, peel them first to avoid little bits of skin getting stuck between your teeth or in your straw!
Tips for Making Yogurt and Fruit Smoothies
- Increase calcium content and/or thickness in fruit smoothies by adding one or two tablespoons of skim milk powder.
- Smoothies can be made the night before, stored in the fridge, then given a quick shake in the morning for a breakfast on-the-go.
- Frozen bananas can be used in smoothies if you don't mind the colour - they tend to get black when frozen.
- If you are counting carbs, look for a low-carb vanilla yogurt. Vanilla yogurt tends to be higher in carbohydrates than plain yogurt.
- Use your imagination for flavor combinations of fruit and yogurt. Try peach yogurt with strawberries or blueberries, lemon yogurt with raspberries or blueberries, vanilla yogurt with peaches, or strawberry yogurt with bananas.
Fruit Smoothies Recipes With Yogurt
Wondering how to make fruit smoothies with yogurt? The flavor combinations are endless. Here are two simple recipes to get you started. Add or remove ice cubes and bananas to make the smoothie as cold or as thick as you like.
Vanilla Orange Smoothie
**This recipe makes 1 serving only
3/4 cup low-fat organic vanilla yogurt
2 tbsp skim milk powder
1/2 cup all natural orange juice
1/2 cup peeled orange sections
1/4 cup crushed ice or 2 ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender, or in a large glass. Blend well until smooth.
Basic Banana Berry Yogurt Fruit Smoothie
** This recipe serves 2
2 bananas, peeled
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries (substitute raspberries or blueberries if you wish)
1 cup low fat milk, soy milk, or almond milk
3/4 cup organic vanilla yogurt
Using a blender or handblender, mix fruit with a small amount of milk. Add remaining liquids and blend until smooth.