Drinking yogurt smoothies is a great way to lose weight and get important nutrients your body needs as well. The yogurt smoothie recipes we show below are easy to make and will help you get much of the nutrition you need in one simple drink.
There are many health benefits of eating yogurt. A cultured milk product, this is a food that has been known to be in existence for over 4500 years. Most varieties you see contain live active bacteria. While we think bacteria might be a bad thing, there are actually good bacteria that can help us fight off and resist infection and improve digestion. When looking at the massive selection of different cultured milk products in your grocery store’s refrigeration section, you’ll want to always make sure that the products you choose clearly state on the labels that it contains live cultures to see these types of benefits. If you don’t drink milk or dairy products, don’t fret – thanks to a company called So Delicious you can now make these same smoothies using coconut milk yogurt, found in most health food grocery stores.
Remember if using dairy based yogurt to go for the organic, full fat, “raw” milk yogurt – the hormones, antibiotics, and processing makes milk very difficult to digest for some people. While people think “low fat” milk will help them lose weight, that is not actually the case!
Basic Yogurt Smoothie Recipe for 2-4 Servings:
2 Cups of Yogurt
1 cup frozen fruit
1 cup juice
You will then want to blend all of these items together in your blender until smooth and creamy. For thicker shakes, substitute 1/2 banana for 1/2 cup juice.
Once you know this simple formula, the possibilities are endless for creating your own unique recipes and shakes depending on your individual tastes and preferences.
Here are a few sample ideas you can try:
Flavored Yogurts: Strawberry, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Blueberry, Vanilla, Cherry, Raspberry, Blackberry, Mango, Pina Colada, Pineapple
Frozen Fruits: Melons, Grapes, Bananas, Watermelon, Canteloupe, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Pineapple, Pears, Kiwi
Juices: Grape Juice, Cranberry Juice, Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Lemon/Lime Juice, Pineapple
Depending on what tastes you are looking for, all you need to do is combine of of each from the above list. For example, to make a strawberry yogurt smoothie I might use plain yogurt and then mix it with orange juice and frozen strawberries. For a more tropical drink, I might consider using Mango flavored yogurt and mix it with orange and pineapple juice as well as frozen watermelon to make yogurt shakes.
Another thing you can try is to take your favorite regular milkshake recipe that calls for ice cream and instead of using ice cream substitute the frozen yogurt instead. This will give it a different texture than using non frozen varieties instead.
You really can’t go wrong with a frozen yogurt smoothie. They’re easy to make, fun to experiment with, and so very good for you too as a source of a weight loss shake!