Plain yogurt smoothies are so 2010.
That’s not entirely true. However, in 2011, we’ve enhanced the yogurt smoothies using Greek yogurt instead of plain to add more taste and nutrients like protein and calcium.
Greek yogurt has many benefits that outweigh plain yogurt.
- Low fat varieties will save you calories
- It provides more nutritional benefits than plain yogurt.
- More protein, calcium and other nutrients for your smoothie
- It’s gluten free and safe for those in restricted diets (like diabetics)
- Greek yogurt offers more taste and texture to your usual yogurt smoothie blend. Greek yogurt has a texture and that is thicker and creamier than plain yogurt. A little bit goes a long way in a smoothie.
What is the real difference between plain yogurt and Greek yogurt?
While plain yogurt is made from cow’s milk, Greek yogurt can be made with either cow’s or goat’s milk. Cream is added to increase the fat content. But, the big difference is that Greek yogurt is triple strained to remove excess moisture. That leaves the texture much thicker than that of plain yogurt. Also, when used in heated recipes, Greek yogurt doesn’t separate like plain yogurt.
Use Greek yogurt to enhance your smoothie
Now that you know the difference between plain yogurt and Greek yogurt, and you know the health benefits of Greek yogurt, let’s talk about how to make a smoothie with this yummy treat. First of all, you’ll need a blender. Then you can experiment with a variety of fruits and veggies, milk, juices and healthy fats to add to your blend. Fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and banana blended together make for a great tasting smoothie. Try adding some veggies such as carrots, tomatoes or spinach to your blend. Don’t worry! In most instances it’s hard to taste the veggies in a smoothie that is majority fruit based. Add healthy fats like flax seeds or Udo’s Essential Fatty Acid oil. You can experiment with low sugar fruit juices and low fat milks.
Here’s a Greek yogurt smoothie recipe you can try at home:
- 1/3 cup raspberries
- 1/3 cup strawberries
- 1/3 cup blueberries
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 cup low fat almond milk
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 cups ice
Play around with the types of fruits and veggies you like to come up with your own signature blend. Leave a comment below and share your favorite smoothie recipes.