Smoothies are one of the easiest and most exciting beverages to make. If you have the right ingredients lined up, all you have to do is put it through the blender and enjoy a great beverage. Add yogurt to the mix and you get a creamy, delicious texture. In addition to that, you can also get your probiotic fill. You can use any kind of yogurt in your smoothie recipe, depending on your requirements — Greek yogurt, French style, Frozen, low fat, whole milk, and others.
If you are looking to make your yogurt at home, check out our guide to buying the best yogurt maker. Either way, store bought or homemade, yogurt is a great way to enhance your smoothie. Here are some exciting recipes you can try out the next time you are craving a smoothie.
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Banana-Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie
This banana and strawberry smoothie is extremely easy to make. The ingredients are available easily through the year. There is a risk that the strawberries are sour, but you can add sweeteners like sugar (or honey if you want to skip the extra sugar). Besides, the banana should lend a lot of natural sweetness to the beverage. It is a great way to get a protein boost in the morning and is the perfect breakfast-smoothie meal.
Put all the ingredients into a processor and blend it until you get a smooth consistency. To freeze the banana, cut it into bite-sized pieces. Place the pieces on a wax paper and stick it in the freezer for about two hours. You can use the bananas immediately or store it to use later. You may have better success with overripe bananas.
Orange-Vanilla Yogurt Smoothie
This recipe will take you immediately back to your childhood when you spent summer eating orange creamsicles with friends. It’s a smooth, creamy and delicious recipe that you can create within a few minutes. The ingredients, again, are available easily through the year.
Once all the ingredients are ready, put them in a blender and run it until you get a smooth, creamy consistency. A high-performance blender may work better with frozen bananas. Enjoy with a slice of orange on the rim of your glass to enhance the presentation.
Power of Green Smoothie
This five-ingredient smoothie is the perfect blend of fruits and vegetables to create a nutritious, powerful way to start your day. While the look of green smoothies may put you off, the taste rarely ever disappoints. There is a marvelous blend of several different flavors which enhance the taste, giving the smoothie not only taste but also nutrition.
Blend all the ingredients until you get the right consistency. If you are diabetic or want to cut down on your sugar intake in general, this recipe may make you feel averse. Even though the fruits will lend a natural sweetness to the smoothie, you can replace any one of the fruits with a leafy green of your choice - kale, collard greens, etc. Add some honey if you want to enhance the sweetness.
Banana Bread Smoothie
This smoothie is a delicious, filling beverage that is perfect to start your day with. If you do not have time to put together an entire course of breakfast, simply put together these ingredients into the blender and give it a whirl. Not only will this smoothie sustain you well until lunch, but it is also extremely tasty.
You can add some maple syrup or some honey if you would like your smoothie to be sweeter. Add all these ingredients to a blender and give it a whirl. Wait for it to arrive at the right consistency.
Cantaloupe and Coconut Smoothie
This one is a slightly more elaborate smoothie but is a very easy recipe to follow nonetheless. Combine the delicate tastes of cantaloupe and coconut milk and you have a delicious, unique and delightful smoothie. This smoothie may require some prior preparation if coconut milk and water are not something you keep at home regularly.
Put all the ingredients into a blender and give it a go until you arrive at a smooth, creamy consistency. Save the toasted coconut for the end to sprinkle as a garnish.
Apple Pie Smoothie
This delicious smoothie tastes very close to the actual thing, but instead of consuming it as a Thanksgiving dessert, you can drink it every other morning for breakfast! It has all the flavors of the real apple pie and is also nutritious and filling. The smoothie is also high on protein content so you can rely on it for bone strength.
You can add dates, maple syrup or some honey to add sweetness to the smoothie. Add all the ingredients into the blender and blend until you get the right consistency.
A yogurt-based smoothie is a perfect way to start the day. If you are in a hurry, you can simply pick up a smoothie to go and sip it during your commute to work or school. These smoothies are healthy, nutritious, delicious as well as filling, all at the same time. Keep your ingredients ready the night before and all you have to do is put them through the blender in the morning.
These smoothies are also great as a post-workout treat. You can try these recipes and also play around with the ingredients and variations. There are no strict rules about what may go with your yogurt. It will be even better if you learn how to make yogurt at home for a fresh, creamy smoothie flavor. So go ahead and make your day with these delicious smoothie recipes!