Best 5 Healthy Greek Yogurt Smoothie Recipes
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Best 5 Healthy Greek Yogurt Smoothie Recipes

Greek yogurt is known as one of the best ways to add creaminess and nutritional value to your smoothies.

It helps to round out the sweetness of fruit smoothies, add depth and richness to green smoothies, and provide balance for other kinds of smoothies.

Greek Yogurt - Filled with More than Great Flavor

Greek yogurt is a popular option in many diets and recipes for a variety of reasons.

It’s made by taking regular yogurt and removing lactose and liquid whey from it.

Differences between regular and greek yogurt

The Greek process makes this type of yogurt different from regular yogurt in the following ways:

  • ​Taste and texture - Greek yogurt has a thicker texture than regular one, which makes it an ideal smoothie thickener as well as a great substitute for sour cream and crème fraiche. The taste is tangier - if you haven't tasted it before, definitely give it a try and see how you like it.
  • Carbs - Greek yogurt contains about half the carbohydrates of a regular yogurt.
    For the lowest carb count, choose the yogurts that contain less added sugar.
  • Protein - Greek yogurt contains roughly double the amount of protein than regular yogurt.
    This makes it ideal for workout smoothies, as well as feeling fuller for longer if you're looking to lose weight.
  • Sodium - Greek yogurt is lower in sodium compared to regular yogurt - about half the amount!
  • Fat - Normally, Greek yogurt contains almost three times the saturated fat of regular yogurt. That's why I always choose one of the non-fat or lower fat varieties.

Greek yogurt is available in plain or flavored, different fat concentrations in the milk, and from sources around the world.

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What are the health benefits of Greek yogurt?

Here are some of the latest findings on the health benefits of yogurt:

More protein

Protein helps the yogurt be thicker and creamier, but that’s not all.

Yogurt increases the protein and amino acids in your diet, which leads to less hunger and greater fullness. It’s also ideal for a pre or post-workout smoothie.

Probiotics

Greek yogurt is a good source of probiotics for good gut health, and is an excellent source of conjugated linoleic acid, which some studies show has a protective effect from mammary cancer.

Long-term disease prevention

It may also help to lower the risk of depression, contribute to a lower chance of developing metabolic syndrome, and could even help to improve your skin.

Even without all of that, Greek yogurt is a delicious way to thicken your smoothies without extra sugar and carbohydrates.

These easy smoothie recipes with yogurt bring in the benefits of Greek yogurt while providing a delicious meal replacement option at any time of the day.

Our Smoothie Recipes with Greek Yogurt

1. Banana Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie Recipe

Banana Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie Recipe

This is a great protein smoothie with Greek yogurt that you can make for breakfast or after a tough workout when you want to increase your protein and build your muscles.

Serves: 1 smoothie​

Ingredients

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • ½ banana (you can use frozen instead of adding ice)
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of water

Instructions

Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy.

2. Blueberry Smoothie with Yogurt

Blueberry Smoothie with Yogurt

This fresh smoothie pulls in blueberries and spinach for a healthy morning energy boost.

Serves: 1 smoothie​

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ½ ripe banana
  • ⅓ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup spinach leaves
  • ¼ cup non sweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp protein powder (optional)

Instructions

Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth and creamy.

3. Orange Vanilla Smoothie

Orange Vanilla Smoothie

This creamy, tasty treat brings all the flavors of childhood to this delicious, nutritious, grown-up smoothie version of the classic orange creamsicle.

Serves: 1 smoothie​

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 frozen banana (peel and slice the banana before freezing to make it even easier to use)
  • 1-2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large peeled and sliced orange
  • 2 tsp orange zest as-needed

Instructions

Blend all ingredients until thick, smooth, and creamy. If you’re using a frozen banana, a high performance blender is recommended.

4. Banana Vanilla Greek Yogurt Smoothie

Orange Vanilla Smoothie

This creamy smoothie is a simple smoothie with a rich vanilla flavor.

Serves: 1 smoothie​

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 drops Vanilla extract
  • 1 Banana (optional: frozen)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • ½ cup water

Instructions

Put all ingredients in a blender and pulse until frozen ingredients fully combined.

5. Muscle-Friendly Protein Smoothie with Greek Yogurt

Muscle-Friendly Protein Smoothie with Greek Yogurt

This tropical smoothie will keep you full while giving you 65 grams of protein. You can experiment with different flavors of protein powder. I found vanilla or cookies n cream to work great.

Serves: 1 smoothie​

Ingredients

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 apple, cored and peeled
  • 2 scoops protein powder
  • ½ cup mango
  • ½ cup pineapple
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup ice

Instructions

Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth.

Do you have your own favorite smoothie recipe with yogurt? What are your favorite types of yogurts to add to smoothies? Share with us in the comments below!

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Tony - last year

I’ve started adding Greek yogurt to my smoothies lately so this post has come at just the right time for giving me some inspiration!

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    Jennifer Pelegreen - last year

    So glad we could help, Tony! Let us know what you think of the ones you try out 🙂 Hope you enjoy them!

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      Tony - last year

      Thanks Jennifer! Only had chance to try the Banana Vanilla Greek Yogurt recipe so far but that was great 🙂 Orange Vanilla coming up next!

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      Jennifer Pelegreen - last year

      So glad you loved it, Tony! Hope you enjoy the others as much 🙂 Orange Vanilla is also delicious so I’m sure you’ll like it too!

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Bablofil - last year

Thanks, great article.

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