Greek Yogurt Smoothie Recipe

Greek Yogurt Smoothie Recipe

A GREEK YOGURT SMOOTHIE FORMULA
  1. Smoothies are a great way to pack in nutrients. I love starting my day with a smoothie, and knowing I am front-loading my day with protein, fruits, veggies, and healthy fats.
  2. They are ideal for busy lifestyles. I can’t imagine an easier way to get such a variety of healthy foods in! When the mood strikes, a smoothie is a perfect quick snack.
  3. Greek yogurt has long been a favorite smoothie addition of mine. It adds a creamy and tangy flavor. The Greek yogurt taste compliments the sweetness fruit!
  4. When making smoothies, I like to think of this balanced approach:
  5. 1-2 servings of vegetables (think spinach, kale, cauliflower, and zucchini)
  6. 1-2 servings of fresh fruits (fruit is high in sugar, but that is mediated by the fiber and protein in a balanced smoothie!)
  7. 1 T healthy fat (coconut oil, MCT oil, avocado, or nut butter)
  8. 20-45 g of protein (depending on whether it’s a meal or a snack. This can be a combination of Greek yogurt and protein powder).
  9. Unsweetened liquid (such as almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, or green tea. Avoid apple juice or other liquids that add sugar without fiber.)
  10. Extra Ingredients: Add flavor and healthy nutrients by throwing in some superfoods! Matcha, cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla extract, and cacao powder are great options
WHY IS GREEK YOGURT GOOD FOR SMOOTHIES?
  • Greek yogurt has a range of health benefits!
  • It’s a great way to add protein to a smoothie. 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt has 15-20 grams of protein. It’s a great option for people who prefer not to use protein powders. Adding protein to smoothies makes them more satiating.
  • Greek yogurt is UBER creamy! Honestly, yogurt adds a tangy flavor and creamy consistency that makes smoothies dessert-like. I use it in my Chocolate Chip Mint Smoothie!
  • It’s a fermented food, meaning it has probiotics that help improve gut health. Be sure to buy a plain, high quality Greek yogurt with multiple bacteria strains for the most benefits.
IS IT BETTER TO PUT MILK OR YOGURT IN A SMOOTHIE?
  1. Dairy milk is often difficult to digest. Yogurt contains bacteria that is more beneficial to digestion. In addition, Greek yogurt has more concentrated protein.
  2. Non-dairy milks are great for thinning smoothies out. I recommend a combination of unsweetened, non-dairy milk and plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt.
  3. Creamy yogurt also gives smoothies a tangy flavor and better consistency!

 

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A healthy Greek yogurt smoothie recipe to use as a base! Try this fun combo of pineapple and berries, or explore your own favorite flavors. The sky is the limit.

  1. Prep Time: 5 mins
  2. Cook Time: 0 mins
  3. Total Time: 5 mins
  4. Course: Breakfast
  5. Cuisine: American
  6. Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pineapple frozen
  • 1/2 cup strawberries frozen
  • 1/2 cup blueberries frozen
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • collagen protein
  • protein powder I like unflavored whey isolate

Instructions

  1. All all ingredients into a blender.
  2. Process on high for about a minute, until the smoothie is very smooth and creamy. Adjust the thickness by adding more/less almond milk, or throwing in a few extra frozen berries.

Notes

Strawberry Greek Yogurt Smoothie

  • A delicious strawberry banana Greek yogurt smoothie, perfect for those who enjoy sweet and fruity flavors!
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • Optional: Greens or frozen zucchini
  • Optional: Protein Powder or Collagen
Blueberry Greek Yogurt Smoothie

This banana-free Greek yogurt smoothie is packed with antioxidants. I have heard nutrition experts claim that blueberries are the most beneficial food to include in your diet daily. Opt for wild blueberries for the maximum benefits.

  • 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • Optional: Greens or frozen zucchini
  • Optional: Protein Powder or Collagen
  • Optional: Chia seeds, cinnamon, MCT oil, coconut oil
Mango Greek Yogurt Smoothie

Sweet mango tastes delicious with a burst of orange flavor! Other great flavors with mango are strawberry, banana, or dragon fruit. You might also love this Dragon Fruit Smoothie.

  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1 frozen mandarin orange (or 1/4 cup orange juice)
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • Optional: Greens
  • Optional: Protein Powder or Collagen
  • Optional: Matcha, MCT oil, coconut oil
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Chocolate Greek Yogurt Smoothie

I love using MCT oil in my Greek yogurt smoothie. It adds a great creamy texture, and is known to be energizing for your body and brain. If you’d rather, opt for a nut butter.

  • 1 frozen banana (cut into quarters)
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or full fat coconut milk!)
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon MCT or Coconut Oil (adds creaminess)
  • Optional: Greens
  • Optional: Protein Powder or Collagen
Chai Spice Greek Yogurt Banana Smoothie

The sky is the limit when it comes to adding flavor! Chai spice, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, and vanilla are great flavor enhancers for smoothies (and it doesn’t hurt that they all have anti inflammatory properties!).

  • 1 frozen banana (cut into quarters)
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or full fat coconut milk!)
  • 1-2 teaspoons chai spice (depending on how spicy you like it!)
  • 1-2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup, if desired
  • 1 tablespoon MCT or Coconut Oil (adds creaminess)
  • Optional: Greens
  • Optional: Protein Powder or Collagen
  • Amp up your Greek Yogurt Fruit Smoothie!