Healthy blueberry yogurt smoothie is a great breakfast or snack to keep you energized. Nutrient-packed with fruit, protein, greens, fiber, and antioxidants!
Have you been sticking to your new years resolutions for eating healthy? I know, some days are a struggle more than most. The good news is that every day is a brand new start!
Sometimes the hardest part is getting whole fruits and vegetables in your meals throughout the day. Wouldn’t it be nice if they tasted good too! I am here to help you, my friend.
I’ve been whipping up smoothies like a mad woman lately. It’s been the best way to pack in fiber, nutrients, protein and greens into one chilly, illy, tasty drink. All you need is a cool and creamy glass of healthy blueberry yogurt smoothie to get energized for the day!
Did I mention it will take you only five minutes to prepare? Yep!
Oh, check out those glorious plump blueberries! I eat at least a handful each day, either in a refreshing sunrise smoothie or tossed into my daily bowl of oatmeal.
I decided to dedicate this smoothie recipe to just blueberries. Usually, I’ll throw together a combo of two or three berries, but not today. Besides, check out that gorgeous color! It’s not just a pretty face. This smoothie is healthy on the inside too.
Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and nutrients such as vitamin C and potassium. To get your phytonutrients each day, try to eat whole foods that vary in color. Eating the rainbow provides different health benefits from each plant!
Sometimes you get a smoothie, and it’s packed with sugar from added juices and mystery ingredients. Yikes! That’s the great thing about using your own blender to make fruit smoothies at home. You get to control what goes into your cup.
This recipe has no added refined sugar, only what’s naturally coming from the ingredients.
Yogurt is a fantastic way to get a serving of dairy and probiotics for digestive health, but beware that some products are through the roof in sugar.
I like to use plain greek yogurt because it has no added sugars. It typically contains only 4 grams milk sugar (from lactose) and 13 grams of protein in one container. Adding a half cup to this smoothie will give you that protein boost you need.
Besides two heaping cups of blueberries, other wholesome ingredients in this smoothie include ground flaxseed, one packed cup of spinach, banana and coconut water.
To enhance the natural sweetness without adding sugar, I added a little bit of vanilla extract. It helps to bring all of the fruity flavors together without actually adding a ton of unwanted calories.
At first glance, you would think this glass is just a simple fruit smoothie. No way, it’s an antioxidant packed super drink. I look forward to blending a big batch for my family since I know how healthy it is for everyone.
My son loves it! I make it a little thicker for him so he can easily scoop it from a bowl. He makes a mess, but I’m one happy mama knowing he’s getting fruit and greens. This nutrient medley blueberry yogurt smoothie will be something you look forward to for breakfast or a mid-afternoon pick me up!
What is the difference between regular yogurt and Greek yogurt?
Yogurt is a dairy based product made by fermentation of lactic acid-producing cultures which adds the sour taste and some thickness. These cultures are called probiotics; it’s important to select a product the contains “live and active cultures,” meaning they are alive and can provide a health benefit. Daily consumption of probiotics has been shown to help to boost the immune system and promote a healthy digestive tract. Greek yogurt differs from traditional yogurt because it typically has been strained more times, giving a more rich and creamy texture, plus more protein grams per serving. Make sure to check for the sugar content on the yogurt package, some are quite high! (Source: Everyday Health)
Blueberry Yogurt Smoothie
- 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
- 2 1/2 cups blueberries, frozen
- 1 banana, sliced
- 3/4 cup coconut water
- 1 cup baby spinach, packed
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed, ground
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, (optional)
- coconut flakes, unsweetened, for garnish (optional)
- Add all ingredients into a blender. Blend for about 90 seconds or until the mixture is smooth.
- Add more coconut water or ice as needed to achieve thick and creamy consistency. Add vanilla to taste if desired.