More healthy home cookin: Fruity yogurt smoothies

Hey everyone!  Today I’d like to share with you this regular item on my weekly menus, yet another great recipe from the wonderful Mark Bittman.  With no further ado, a short and sweet recipe for fruity yogurt smoothies (4 servings)!

All it takes is:

  • 2 cups plain yogurt (you can also use milk or a combination of milk and yogurt)
  • 2 cups chopped fruit (preferably frozen)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • honey to taste

Just throw everything into the blender and viola — delicious, inexpensive, and pretty healthy!  The yogurt is a good source of calcium, protein, and probiotics, and these smoothies are relatively low in fat (about 4g per serving). These smoothies also provide a solid serving of fruit, and are a great way to get kids or other picky eaters (like my wife) to eat fruit.  Frozen fruit is a game-changer for me: it is practically as healthy as fresh fruit and can be stored for months, so with this recipe you never have to let fruit spoil and can feel free to buy more good fruit in bulk — don’t toss out those brown bananas, freeze em!  You can also alter this recipe in a million ways, with different combinations of fruit or other added ingredients for different tastes.  Some of my favorite fruit smoothie ideas include:

— Pineapple, passionfruit, and banana

–Papaya, pineapple, and a bit of coconut milk

— Green apples, carrots, and lime juice

— Mango, orange juice, and a bit of fresh ginger

— Melon and berries

— Bulk up the smoothie with chia seeds or nuts or cereal

— Add spearmint for an extra refreshing flavor

— Pour this smoothie into popsicle molds and freeze for healthy yogurt pops (you may want to sweeten the smoothie a bit more for freezing)


The possibilities are endless!  Cheers!



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