Summer is almost over where I am now and the rainy season is starting. It was a fun summer with lots of beaches, food, and cool beverages. And talking about cool drinks, smoothies are never far behind.
I had so many glasses of smoothies during the entire season, I can’t count them! Making smoothies without yogurt is quite a hit, as yogurt is expensive! Have you tried making them?
Smoothies are thick cool drinks made out of assorted fruits and vegetables that are blended together with some ice, water, dairy, and sweeteners. It’s great if you are on a diet or looking for something to quench your thirst on a warm day.
Now, here is our guide on how to make smoothies without yogurt. It doesn’t differ much from the usual method, but you can choose your own dairy or milk alternative. Are you up for the challenge?
Making smoothies is important to me, as I love knowing the fruit and other ingredients are all fresh. It’s also convenient to make it at home, as it saves money.
Although the usual dairy product used in a standard smoothie is yogurt, you can also use yogurt-free alternatives. Making smoothies is simple. Here is a short tutorial on how to make one.
There are lots of mixes available, but for today, let's learn how to make a strawberry-banana smoothie mix. A strawberry smoothie is a creamy, healthy beverage that will help you to lose weight, even if there's no yogurt in it.
Aside from being sweet and yummy, the strawberries are packed with vitamin C, fiber, potassium, folate and antioxidants. So it is going to be a satisfying, substantial, swift and delightful drink that you can have for breakfast, a snack or even a complete meal.
Now you have learnt the basic recipe for making a smoothie. So how was it? If you happen to like it, start inventing your own fruit mix. Blending it with some vegetables and nuts will make it even more interesting and healthy.
In the above recipe, I suggested using honey as a sweetener. I know it is much easier to use sugar, but when you are on a diet or want a healthy smoothie, sugar is a big no!
Notice that I chose banana to in the recipe, which is naturally sweet and tastes like sweet strawberry after it’s been combined in the mix.
I get it, it’s tastier to have a cold smoothie, and it helps you to gulp down those extra veggies you’ve added to create a regular diet mix. But it will make your smoothie tasteless once the ice has melted. So I advise you finish your smoothie quickly to avoid that watery taste!
But how can you do that all the time?
To make it more fun to follow these steps, here is a video that shows you how to do it. In this video, she chooses not to add any sweetener to the mix. Enjoy!
I will mention the ingredients in all the recipes. You’ll notice that different kinds of milk are used to replace the yogurt. I didn’t include the portions of the fruits, it’s up to you how much you want to make.
Later on, you’ll choose your own milk substitute and sweetener too. Pick one of your desired fruit combinations for your first try! You can always go back to the basic steps later. See the above strawberry smoothie recipe for an example.
In this recipe, the fruits are frozen and there are some ice cubes too. So, if you love super cold smoothies, this is the choice for you. The yogurt substitute is coconut milk, which is one of the best dairy substitutes for smoothies.
Watermelon contains a lot of water, so if you add any ice it will make the smoothie taste watery and bland. If you’re the type who can’t tolerate any kind of milk, this recipe is for you. As you can see, there’s no milk, sugar or ice needed for this mix. That’s what I call healthy!
Who wants a smoothie as sweet as cherry? It is also blended with honey and bananas. If you want a load of sweetness today, pick this one!
Let’s start with a different fruit mix. If you don’t have any sweetener, then adding a banana is always a smart choice. Blending in another fruit, like blueberries, makes your smoothie super healthy. And don’t forget the almond milk! Almond milk is a healthy substitute for any dairy drink.
How about mixing your fruit with some veggies? This is great, especially if you’re planning to go on a diet, as you can get all your nutrients for a meal from one smoothie in a glass. Come on, try it! In this blend, we use spinach. You can choose your own veggie later. Adding some ice cubes is a big plus, I can tell you!
You can take out the peel and pit if you like. Some prefer to have it with peel. This is a super simple recipe. It is sugar and milk free, but healthy! I advise that you dilute it with some peach juice after blending and add more ice.
The above recipes are just a few samples that will serve as a guide when you’re making your own smoothies. You can experiment with different fruit mixes, sweeteners, and yogurt substitutes (you can choose dairy-free, low-fat or non-fat milk.)
You may also include ice cubes, freeze the fruit or have no ice at all. I recommend blending it with some veggies to make it much healthier. Start with as little or as many veggies as possible until you get used to the taste.
Smoothies offer a vast amount of nutrients in just one glass. The ingredients are packed with the vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that your body needs. You’ll be surprised how it can replace one full meal if you’re on a diet.
So, are you now ready for a smoothie? I bet you already have a list of the fruits you intend to include. Making a smoothie is basically just a case of picking, mixing and blending! Try it now with your choice of fruits. I can’t wait to hear from you and try your version of a smoothie without yogurt!