Yogurt Smoothie Recipes to Make You Feel Fresh and Rejuvenated

Yogurt smoothie recipes
Yogurt smoothies, as the name suggests are smooth and yummy drinks! Made from yogurt and fruits, smoothies form healthy snacks, that can even be had by those trying to lose weight. There are so many different smoothies you can easily prepare within the boundaries of your very own kitchen.
Smoothies originated in Brazil, and became a popular American pureed fruit drink in the 1930s. Since this drink was prepared in a blender and chilled, it was referred to as a 'smoothie', by all books, magazines, and newspapers. Smoothies are prepared by blending fruit, yogurt, and some other flavorings together. They are touted for their health benefits. Today, smoothies are marketed as a health drink for health conscious people.

However, don't fall for commercially prepared smoothies, even though they claim to be healthy! Yes, they do contain fruits and vegetables that are healthy, however, what's not highlighted is the fact that they also contain large amounts of sugar, artificial ingredients, and additives.

Even the low-fat smoothie options are a hoax. If you truly want low-fat smoothies, it's better to prepare them at home. Even the richer smoothie versions, with ice cream, peanut butter, etc., will be healthier than the ones available in the stores.

Smoothies are not only simple to prepare, but are also tasty and filling treats. They make great breakfast options when time on hand is less, and are also a good means to furnish the bodies of fussy children with the required nutrients. The best thing about smoothies is that it's not as complex as baking, and does not involve precise measurements. Experiment with different fruits and flavors, and whip up your very own delicious smoothie! Here are some healthy, yet yummy smoothie recipes, that you can try out at home.
Strawberry Smoothie
Strawberry smoothie
Gather These!

1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup fresh orange juice
¾ cup low-fat, plain yogurt
½ tsp. sugar/honey
Ice cubes

Blend that Smoothie!

Put all the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into tall glasses and garnish with sliced strawberries!
The Health Factor!
Strawberries and oranges contain vitamin C, thus, improve immunity and overall strength. Moreover, the low-fat yogurt reduces total calorie intake.

Yummy Variations!

You can add two spoons of whipped cream, or strawberry ice cream into the smoothie before blending it. This will result in a smoother and creamier consistency, although the calorie count will go up!
Banana Oat Smoothie
Banana oat smoothie
Gather These!

2 dates (pitted)
1 banana
½ cup low-fat yogurt
¼ cup rolled/instant oats
1 tsp. flaxseed powder

Blend that Smoothie!

Blend the banana, oats, flaxseed powder, dates, and yogurt together for about 2 to 3 minutes. Add more ice cubes if the texture is too thick for your liking.
The Health Factor!

Dates is a good substitute for sugar, and is a good option for diabetics. Flaxseed powder has a lot of health benefits, and helps control blood sugar. Oats on the other hand is also great for improving heart health.

Yummy Variations!

You could replace the banana with an apple, and add ½ a tsp. of cinnamon powder.
Greek Yogurt Smoothie
Greek smoothie
Gather These!

1 banana (sliced and frozen)
1 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 cup blueberries
¼ cup almonds
Ice cubes

Blend that Smoothie!

Blend all the ingredients for 2 to 3 minutes. The texture should be nice and creamy. Add more ice cubes if the texture is too thick for your liking.
The Health Factor!

Greek yogurt is higher in protein content, thus, makes the smoothie healthier. The almonds added help reduce bad cholesterol, and also reduce the risk of heart disease.

Yummy Variations!

You can replace the blueberries with 2 tbsp. of peanut butter, which will give the smoothie a rich, nutty flavor. However, peanut butter raises the calorie count.
Pineapple Papaya Smoothie
Papaya pineapple smoothie
Gather These!

½ cup diced pineapple (ripe)
½ cup diced papaya (ripe)
½ cup low-fat yogurt
¼ cup pineapple/orange juice (optional)
1 tbsp. sugar
Ice cubes

Blend that Smoothie!

Blend all the ingredients for 2 to 3 minutes. Add pineapple/orange juice and blend again.
The Health Factor!

Papaya contain certain enzymes that help improve digestion. It also helps alleviate constipation. Pineapple on the other hand is a good source of antioxidants and vitamin C.

Yummy Variations!

You can add ¼ cup of coconut milk, to make it an exotic tropical drink. However, make sure you use fresh coconut milk. You can also add mangoes along with or instead of pineapple and papaya.
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Kiwi Avocado Smoothie
Kiwi smoothie
Gather These!

2 kiwi fruits
1 avocado
1 banana
1 cup non-fat yogurt
1 tbsp. sugar
Ice cubes

Blend that Smoothie!

Blend all the ingredients for 2 to 3 minutes in the blender. Add more ice cubes or even cold water, if required.
The Health Factor!

Kiwi fruits are loaded with vitamins and minerals, and are also good sources of potassium and folic acid. Avocados on the other hand, help reduce bad cholesterol.

Yummy Variations!

Instead of banana, you can add green apple or even a few sweet grapes. Adding a few leaves of baby spinach will also increase the health quotient.
Chocolate Mocha Smoothie
Chocolate mocha
Gather These!

1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
2 tbsp. Irish coffee syrup/chocolate syrup
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. instant coffee powder/cocoa powder
1 tsp. ground flaxseeds
Ice cubes

Blend that Smoothie!

Blend all the ingredients in the blender. Add more sugar or ice cubes as required. If you prefer a stronger flavor of coffee/chocolate, add more of them.
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The Health Factor!

Chocolate is known for its antioxidant properties, which help improve heart health. Moreover, the flaxseeds added help control blood sugar levels.

Yummy Variations!

Adding a dollop of chocolate ice cream, topped with sprinkles would take this lovely mocha chocolate smoothie to a whole new level.
Chocolate Cherry Smoothie
Chcolate cherry smoothie
Gather These!

½ cup low-fat yogurt
¼ cup frozen, pitted cherries
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
1 tbsp. chocolate syrup
Ice cubes

Blend that Smoothie!

Blend the yogurt, a little water, and pitted cherries in the blender. Then, add the cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, and ice cubes, and blend till creamy smooth.
The Health Factor!

Cherries are rich in antioxidants, and help prevent cancer. On similar lines, chocolate also is a good source of antioxidants. To increase the health factor, you can add a tsp. of chia seeds.

Yummy Variations!

Adding a few mini marshmallows into the blender, during the last one minute, will add a nice flavor to the smoothie.