Spring Smoothies

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on May 16, 2011 in Snacks
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Who doesn’t love smoothies?  If you haven’t had one lately, now is the time to try these recipes.  Depending on where you live, you can try fresh or frozen fruit.  Plus you get a nice added bonus of calcium as these recipes incorporate plain whole-milk or Greek yogurt.

Note: These recipes call for plain, whole milk yogurt.  When incorporating plain yogurt into your diet you can add natural sweeteners to off-set the tartness.  But do not add too much at once.  Yogurt is meant as a snack or part of a meal, not a dessert.  Using less sweetener allows you to appreciate the flavor of the yogurt and give a creaminess to the smoothie itself.  Also, there is no need to get low-fat or non-fat yogurt since the minimal fat fills you up and low-fat versions are more tart and make smoothies taste bitter.  And you definitely want plain yogurt  since most yogurts have additives preservatives and refined sugars (or you could nix the maple syrup and use a vanilla or maple yogurt with no preservatives or refined sugars – like Brown Cow).

Bottom line, it’s better to buy full fat plain yogurt and nix the additives while managing the natural sweetener for yourself.


It may sound odd to combine yogurt and nut butter, but this smoothie is sure to please anyone who enjoys any kind of “banana-nut” combo  (think banana nut bread).

½ cup plain whole milk or Greek yogurt (no need to get low-fat or non-fat)

2 tbsp. real maple syrup (or honey if you do not have real maple syrup)

1 frozen or fresh banana

2 tbsp. almond butter, cashew butter or sunflower butter*

¼ cup full fat coconut milk (no need for “light” coconut milk) or whole milk

¼ cup crushed ice (if you do not use a frozen banana)

Add all ingredients to the blender.  Turn on medium speed until smooth.  If it seems too thick, add a bit more coconut milk.

*These have more flavor than peanut butter… but if you can not find these, try real peanut butter – the kind with only peanuts and maybe a little salt.

Mixed Berry

½ cup whole milk or Greek plain yogurt

2 tbsp. real maple syrup

½ cup frozen mixed berries

1 banana

1 cup juice (orange or apple)

¼ cup coconut milk (optional)

Add ingredients to the blender.  Turn on to medium-high speed until smooth.  The frozen berries may take a bit to chop, but they are easier than ice and don’t water the smoothie down.  For a more creamy smoothie, add coconut milk.

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