Yogurt, especially plain Greek yogurt and natural yogurt, is a very healthy smoothie ingredient. Made from fermented milk and with very little processing, yogurt is a health food packed with very beneficial nutrients.
Containing protein for muscle growth and calcium for your bones, yogurt is also high in probiotics. Probiotics help keep the “good” bacteria in your intestines healthy which aids proper digestion and fat burning.
A healthy digestive system means that you can make the best use of all the food you eat whereas an unhealthy digestive system means that you are more prone to stomach upsets, bloating, heartburn and indigestion and fat burning can be hampered.
Many people think of yogurt as a dessert and that’s no bad thing as adding it to a smoothie can make your smoothie taste so good that you might think that it’s unhealthy! However, yogurt is low in calories and gives any smoothie a dessert-like taste that’s hard not to enjoy.
With its wide range of health benefits and super flavor, yogurt is a very good addition to any smoothie. Just remember to use sugar-free, unflavored, natural or Greek yogurt and if you are concerned about lower calories, choose a low fat product for your smoothies.
1. Blueberry yogurt maple smoothie
Blueberries are one of the best superfoods around. Packed with antioxidants, blueberries can help boost your immune system, keep you free from colds and may even fight cancer.
2. Creamy vanilla yogurt and date smoothie
Dates are an unusual ingredient for a smoothie but’s that why I like this particular recipe. It puts me in mind of Middle-Eastern travels. Try this exotic yogurt smoothie recipe here.
3. Kiwi and pear yogurt smoothie
Kiwi and pear contain plenty of vitamin C without being sharp – unlike oranges. In fact, they have a light and refreshing taste which perfectly complements the yogurt and vanilla. My recipe shared here.