This is one of our base recipes. A Greek yogurt smoothie is a great way to start your morning, fuel a workout, or satisfy a craving for something cold, creamy, and sweet!
Are Greek Yogurt Smoothies Healthy?
While eating whole fruit is normally best, a smoothie can be a great way to get lots of fruits and/or vegetables in one easy serving. Greek yogurt is a good source of calcium, probiotics, and protein; combining fruits and vegetables with Greek yogurt is a healthy combination!
Why Greek Yogurt vs. Regular?
Greek yogurt isn’t necessarily better than regular yogurt, but we like the creamy texture and extra tang that it adds to smoothies. Greek yogurt is also higher in protein, which makes this smoothie more filling and satisfying. We recommend buying plain varieties in order to avoid added sugars and organic, if you can afford it. Select a fat content that works with your overall diet. If you tend to consume a lot of foods high in saturated fat, a low-fat or fat-free variety is your best choice. If you limit saturated fat in your diet, full-fat varieties are okay. For more information about which dairy products are best, check out our ingredient guide.
Which Blender is Best for Smoothies?
Any blender will work! While a Vitamix probably makes the creamiest smoothies, any full-size blender, single-serve blender, immersion blender, or even a food processor will do the job.
- If you want to make smoothies for breakfast and are usually crunched for time in the mornings, place all of the non-frozen ingredients in your blender’s jar and place it in the fridge the night before. Add the frozen ingredients in the morning and blend!
- Choose a creamy fruit to yield a creamy smoothie (bananas, avocados, mangos, etc.).
- If you are unsure about the flavor of greens in your smoothies, start with spinach. Spinach has a milder flavor than heartier greens like kale. Also, include a banana. It hides the taste very well!
- If your smoothie is too thick after blending, add more liquid. If it is too thin, add more fruit or ice.
- Yogurt: substitute any plain or dairy-free variety. Or try our Kefir Smoothie Base Recipe.
- Milk or Milk Alternative: substitute 100% fruit juice, coconut milk, or even water.
Will Smoothies Keep in the Fridge?
Keep leftovers in the fridge and enjoy the next day. They can hold for longer than a day in the fridge but often will start to separate. Simply shake before drinking, and voila! Delicious, nutritious smoothie goodness.
The whole family will enjoy this Greek yogurt smoothie! Blend with your choice of fresh and frozen fruit and greens for a healthy refreshing drink!
- 1 cup fresh fruit
- 1 cup frozen fruit
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- ½ cup milk or milk alternative (almond, soy, cashew)
- 1 cup lightly packed leafy greens (optional)
- 6-8 ice cubes (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree. Enjoy!
If you are looking for a creamier smoothie, choose creamy fresh fruits like bananas, mangoes, and avocados (yes, avocados are a fruit!).
Be careful with the leafy greens you choose! Some can be very bitter. Spinach probably impacts the flavor the least. Kale and herbs will be stronger. Hint: banana helps mask the flavor