One thing I love about the summer season is the various options of fruit. I have really been getting use out of our Ninja Pulse Blender by making a bunch of smoothies. One ingredient I feel is necessary for smoothies, is yogurt. It really adds that creamy element. Before I used to use regular vanilla yogurt, but more recently I have been into greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is made by a straining process after the milk is heated and cultured, and the whey filters out of the yogurt. So basically Greek yogurt is less liquidy than the regular type due to the straining process.
Why greek yogurt you ask? Because it has even more protein in it. “A typical 6-ounce serving contains 15 to 20 grams, the amount in 2 to 3 ounces of lean meat. An identical serving of regular yogurt, on the other hand, provides just 9 grams, meaning you may feel hunger pangs sooner.” (USNews article) It also has a very thick, smooth texture which makes it great for smoothies. Most greek yogurts also have less sodium and less sugar.
The brand that I like the best is Dannon Light and Fit. The reason that I enjoy this brand the best is because it is made with nonfat milk, so it is very low fat, and it only has 11 grams of sugar per serving. Now there are plain greek yogurts out there that have no sugar added, but I feel for smoothies, a little sweetness from the vanilla greek yogurt works best.
Yogurt in general is good for your health because it is low in calories and packed with calcium and live bacterial cultures. But there are certain brands and kinds out there that add a ton of sugar! For some yogurt, especially the flavored kinds, the grams of sugar per serving can be in the 20s or 30s. So watch out for that! I guess the best thing for anyone to do is check the nutrition label!
All in all, I think greek yogurt fruit smoothies are great for a mid day snack, or any time pick me up. Not only do you get the freshness from the fruit, but you also get the protein to give some sustenance from the protein in the yogurt.
What kind of things do you put in your smoothies?