The Best Smoothie Recipes Without Yogurt

(Last Updated On: January 24, 2018)

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably seen a plethora of smoothie recipes scattered all over Pinterest or Facebook. Most recipes include at least a cup of yogurt that’s thrown into your blender, and then you’re supposed to add a variety of vegetables and/or fruits into the blender. Once you’ve got everything inside of your blender, blend your mix together, and enjoy.

But, what is yogurt is something you’re not supposed to be consuming because of your strict diet or health reasons? From reports made by the FDA, yogurt is comprised from cultured cow’s milk. However, you shouldn’t start worrying! You can still enjoy a creamy, filling smoothie when you’re on the go without having to use any sort of yogurt.

But, what’s the big deal about not eating yogurt? Why do you see some health blogs highly recommending that you incorporate yogurt into your diet, but you have other health blogs saying that you should stay away from yogurt? Let’s take a look at both the pros and the cons that yogurt has to add to your life.

Pros of consuming yogurt:

Yogurt contains probiotics

Yogurt does contain probiotics, but if the yogurt that you’re consuming is homogenized, the majority of this good bacterium has been killed off through the heat treatment that most dairy in the United States has been through. If the main reason you’re consuming yogurt is to consume probiotics, consider taking a probiotic supplement instead.

Yogurt contains calcium

While yogurt does contain calcium, the calcium levels that are in yogurt will not alone improve your overall bone density; you’ve got to also make sure that you’re consuming enough magnesium and Vitamin D in your diet for your bone density improve. Yogurt contains very minimal amounts of both magnesium and Vitamin D, which means that yogurt isn’t likely contributing to your bone health.

Yogurt contains protein

If you consume one serving (4 ounces) of Greek yogurt, you’re going to be consuming 12 grams of protein. 12 grams of protein is about the same amount of protein that you’d receive from consuming two eggs. While yogurt does have a decent amount of protein in it, that’s all that it’s really giving to your body- no extra vitamins or minerals that your body needs to function properly. On the other hand, consuming two eggs will provide you with the same amount of protein, but will also provide your body with choline, which your body uses to improve your brain function.

Cons of consuming yogurt:

Yogurt encourages mucus

All dairy produces can encourage the formation of mucus, especially in people who have any sort of dairy sensitivities or happen to be intolerant to lactose. For people who have these sensitivities, yogurt can make their body produce more mucus, which can result in headaches and sinus problems.

Eating organic yogurt every once in a while, isn’t going to completely change your health for the worst, unless you’re someone who has a sensitivity to dairy or happen to be lactose intolerant. If you skip out on daily dairy consumption, you will find that there are food choices out there that you can make that provide higher values in overall nutrition in comparison to your daily yogurt.

Mango smoothie recipe

Benefits of a mango smoothie: Mangos are high in Vitamin C and Vitamin A.

You will need:

– One fresh mango
– One banana
– One cup of nut milk (cashew milk, soy milk or almond milk)
– One teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Directions:

– Peel your mango
– Slice the mango into small cubes, just to ensure that your smoothie is blended evenly. If you’re someone who likes a chunkier smoothie, leave your cubes of mango larger.
– Peel your banana
– Slice your banana into thin slices (unless you want a chunkier smoothie)
– Place sliced mango and sliced banana into blender
– Add one cup of your nut milk
– You can add one teaspoon of vanilla, but this step is completely optional
– Blend your smoothie

Berry and Flaxseed smoothie

Benefits of a berry and flaxseed smoothie: Flaxseeds are high in protein and fiber! Make sure to grind up your flaxseeds before adding them to your blender.

You will need:

– One cup of almond milk
– One cup of blueberries
– One cup of strawberries
– One banana
– Two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds

Directions:

– Peel one banana
– Slice your banana into thin slices, as this will help your smoothie to blend faster. Leave the slices thicker if you’d like a chunkier smoothie.
– Remove tops off of blueberries and strawberries (optional).
– Place ingredients into blender.
– Add one cup of almond milk
– Add two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds
– Blend

Mint smoothie

Benefits of a mint smoothie: While mint is known for its freshness, mint is actually high in Vitamin A and iron!

You will need:

– One banana
– ½ cup of pineapple chunks
– One medium apple
– 3 tablespoons of chopped mint

Directions:

– Peel your banana
– Slice your banana into thin sliced
– Peel your medium apple
– Take out the core of your apple
– Chop your apple into small chunks
– Chop ½ a cup of pineapple into small chunks, but if you’re someone who doesn’t have time to chop your own pineapple, you can use pineapple chunks from Dole that are preserved in their own natural juices.
– Chop three tablespoons of mint
– Place all ingredients into blender
– Blend
As I note, I would like to mention that it’s very easy to over flavor your smoothie with mint, so make sure that you use your mint leaves sparingly.

Kale smoothie

Benefits of a kale smoothie: Kale is a leafy vegetable that has high values of Vitamin K, calcium, Vitamin D, iron, manganese, and copper.

You will need:

– One banana
– ¼ cup of avocado
– One mango
– One cup of almond milk
– Two cups of chopped kale

Directions:

– Peel your banana, slice thin
– Mash ¼ cup of an avocado
– Peel one mango, slice into small chunks
– Chop up two cups of kale
– Pour one cup of almond milk to blender
– Add rest of ingredients
– Blend
As a note, I would like to mention that the mango is added into this recipe to subtract from the bitterness of kale. If you enjoy the bitter taste of kale, you can leave out the mango!

Strawberry Banana smoothie

Benefits of a strawberry banana smoothie: Bananas are a fruit that are high potassium, whereas strawberries are high in Vitamin C.

You will need:

– Two cups of chopped strawberries
– One cup of ice
– One banana
– One cup of almond milk
– One tablespoon of natural peanut butter

Directions:

– Remove tops from strawberries (optional)
– Chop the strawberries into small cubes
– Peel banana and slice into thin slices
– Pour out one cup of almond milk
– Add ingredients into blender
– Blend
– Once you’ve finished blending, add your ice cubes
– Blend
– Add natural peanut butter into the blender
– Blend again, but only for a few seconds
– Enjoy!
We chose to use natural peanut butter in this recipe, because natural peanut butter doesn’t have added sugar!

Blueberry smoothie

Benefits of a blueberry smoothie: Blueberries are high in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, fiber, and manganese.

You will need:

– One banana
– One cup of orange juice
– Two slices of peaches
– One cup of almond milk
– ¾ cup of blueberries

Directions:

– Peel and slice one banana
– Pour one cup of fresh orange juice into blender. While you can use boxed orange juice, juices that are boxed are typically high in added sugars or chemicals.
– Slice a peach in half
– Slice the peach half into two slices
– Get out ¾ cup of blueberries; these can be fresh or frozen
– Pour out one cup of almond milk into blender
– Combine all ingredients into blender
– Blend
– Pour over ice cubes
If you are someone who is calorie conscious, this smoothie only has 84 calories per an eight- ounce serving!

Berry and Oats smoothie

Benefits of a berry and oats smoothie: Oats are high in fiber and carbs!

You will need:

– One cup of blueberries
– One cup of raspberries
– One banana
– ½ cup of raw oats

Directions:

– Peel and slice one banana
– Remove the tops off of one cup of blueberries (optional)
– Remove the tops off of one cup of raspberries (optional)
– Pour in fruits into blender
– Blend until smooth
– Gradually add in oats (after the berry mix is smooth) and blend
– You’re going to want to look for a gritty texture to the smoothie once you’ve added in all of your oats.

Kiwi smoothie

Benefits of a kiwi smoothie: Kiwi is a fruit that is high in fiber and Vitamin C, without being overpoweringly sweet!

You will need:

– One cup of peeled kiwis
– One cup of almond milk
– One banana

Directions:

– Peel one cup of kiwis
– Peel and slice on banana
– Pour one cup of almond milk into blender
– Add in kiwi and banana into blender
– Blend
This recipe is great if you’re looking for a delicious smoothie, but aren’t looking to consume a smoothie that’s super sweet!

Spinach Strawberry smoothie

Benefits of a Spinach Strawberry smoothie: Spinach is high in iron, while strawberries are high in Vitamin C and magnesium!

You will need:

– One tablespoon of honey
– One cup of strawberries
– One banana
– Two cups of chopped spinach

Directions:

– Remove the tops off of one cup worth of strawberries (optional)
– Chop of two cups worth of spinach
– Peel and slice one banana
– Combine ingredients into blender
– Blend

Conclusion

There are plenty of delicious ways that you can create a healthy smoothie without having to use yogurt! Any recipe that includes nut milk can be substituted for other types of nut milk; for example, if a recipe calls for almond milk, feel free to substitute it for your favorite nut milk, such as cashew milk.

Make sure to consult with your doctor to ensure that completely removing dairy is safe for your health. However, if you’re familiar with a diet that doesn’t use a lot of dairy, know that you can still consume delicious smoothies without feeling like you’re missing out. I hope you enjoy these amazing smoothie recipes!

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