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Yogurt is a good go-to healthy snack, but a yogurt smoothie is an extra-special, tasty treat that combines the creamy thickness of yogurt with a variety of other nutrient-packed, delicious ingredients, from fresh fruit to chocolate, honey, kale or spinach, and so much more. Not only do they make a great meal replacement, but a yogurt smoothie is an excellent, healthy pick-me-up to get you through the mid-day slump – or as an anytime healthy treat!
Yogurt is often used as an ingredient in many types of smoothies, such as protein smoothies – particularly Greek yogurt thanks to its high protein content. You’ll also find yogurt in delicious blends like banana smoothies, strawberry smoothies, and even weight-loss smoothies.
It’s not always easy to find the time (or the blender) to whip up your own delicious smoothie recipes. When you just want to grab a healthy, filling, yet still so satisfying snack, stop by your local Edible Arrangements® store for a delicious, done-for-you smoothie anytime – on your way to the office in the morning, on your lunch break, or on a lazy weekend afternoon just because. Our Edible® Treats menu includes oh-so-delicious smoothies like Pineapple + Honeydew + Kale, refreshing Pineapple & Orange, and so much more.
For more delicious yogurt smoothie recipes you should try, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say.
Bart Wolbers is a researcher and chief science writer at Alexfergus.com, where we investigate the scientific validity of
different health interventions. I hold degrees in Clinical Health Science(MS), Philosophy of Science and Technology (MS), and in Philosophy (BA;MA).
“The following chocolate smoothie is perfect for almost any occasion:
- 2 cups of yogurt
- 2-3 egg yolks, preferably from pastured chickens that only eat organic food
- A few squares of 90%+ dark chocolate, OR a few tablespoons of raw cacao powder
- 1 or 2 quarters of avocado, depending on how thick you want your smoothie
- 1 tablespoon of whey protein (optional; if you need extra protein after a workout, for instance)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- Some honey or stevia for additional sweetening. Dates can also be included, but will make the end-result more mousse-like
“Mix, blend for 10-30 seconds, and done.”
Jamie Hickey is a certified Personal Trainer/Nutritionist and Founder of Truism Fitness.
“”This is my favorite smoothie recipe including yogurt:
- 1 banana
- ½ cup of Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup of pineapples
- 1 cup of strawberries
- 1 teaspoon of orange juice
- 1 teaspoon milk”
JJ is an award-winning Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach, Group Fitness Instructor and Fitness Blogger. He offers his clients personalized fitness programs and nutritional advice to coach them towards healthier, sustainable lifestyles. His blog, JJ Fit 24/7, and Instagram offer practical, effective and free videos, advice and tips each week.
“My favorite yogurt-based smoothie recipe is the Greek Yogurt Berry Almond Blast:
- 6 oz Greek yogurt that includes some fat (1-2%)
- 1 scoop Amazing Grass Green Superfood
- 1 cup ripe strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 big handfuls of baby spinach
- 8 oz cold water (optional: use coconut water or almond milk instead)
- 1 cup of ice
- 1⁄2 tablespoon flax seeds, chia seeds, peanut butter or hemp seeds
“Whether for pre-workout or post-workout, breakfast or dinner or just as a quick pick me up, smoothies are quickly beginning to nudge juices out of the limelight for better health, body composition and performance. So you decided to replace less healthy options like processed cereals, meats high in saturated fat or skipping meals altogether with a healthy smoothie. WIN. But you don’t know what to put in it or are putting the wrong things in it. FAIL.
“Quick pro tip: the perfect smoothie needs to include some form of healthy fat. YES FAT. If you want to get the full benefit of all the good fruits, veggies and superfoods you are putting in it you want to include something like chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, almonds, almond milk or even avocado. Many of the key nutrients in fruits and veggies and other healthy foods are fat soluble. Without a little healthy fat to go along with them you are literally, well, flushing them down the toilet instead of absorbing them.”
Dr. Nikola Djordjevic MD
Dr. Nikola Djordjevic is a Doctor of Medicine who graduated from the University of Belgrade Faculty of Medicine in 2015 and obtained his medical license in the same year. Since then, he’s become a practicing family physician and also founded LoudCloudHealth.com which explores the holistic benefits of CBD, including the latest news and research in this emerging branch of healthcare.
“I would have to go with a kale and hempseed smoothie, which not only packs a lot of protein but lots of nutrients and vitamins too. Using yogurt and banana as the base, this smoothie is ideal for starting the day giving you an energy boost with the added benefit of essential omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. In terms of protein, two tablespoons of hemp seed are the equivalent of about half a can of tuna. You can also add an extra tablespoon of pure hemp powder if you need more protein, although keep in mind you are already getting protein from the yogurt as well. As for the kale, you can add as much as you can handle by leaving it for the very end. Kale is bitter, so you can drop a few leaves at a time and check how it tastes. Baby kale tastes a bit better, so if you dislike the taste of kale you can go with that and get the same health benefits. The great thing about kale is that it’s a leafy green with the highest concentration of iron. Additionally, it also contains powerful antioxidants such as beta-carotene, quercetin, kaempferol, and vitamin c. Combined with the omega 3’s and omega 6’s offered by hemp seed, this smoothie is simple yet it gives you a great range of health benefits. The recipe goes as follows, although you can tweak it as you like:
- 2 cups of kale
- 1 cup of hemp seed
- 1-2 cups of yogurt
- 1 banana (1 1/2 if you want it sweeter)
- 1 cup of hemp protein powder (optional)
- 1/4 cup of blueberries (optional)
“Directions: Blend the almond milk with the banana first, then add the hemp seeds and powder. Add the kale leaves slowly, allowing time for the blender to chop up the leaves into tiny bits. Add a 1/4 of blueberries if you have them to supercharge the smoothie even more with antioxidants.”
Jodi Danen is a registered dietitian and author of Create Kids Club, a site for busy moms interested in simple, healthy meals and family travel ideas.
“Being a registered dietitian and mother of a teenage son and tween daughter, smoothies are a staple in my home.
“I find smoothies to be one of the easiest ways to get in extra servings of both fruits and vegetables – all without argument from my children. We always make smoothies with yogurt because it boosts the protein level and adds a delicious creaminess to the smoothie. Our favorite smoothie is this Blueberry smoothie with bananas and spinach.”
Amber Nash is the founder of Fit Healthy Best, a health and fitness website dedicated to helping today’s strong women feel their best. Her background is in group exercise instruction with a specialization in strength training classes for women.
“My Favorite Smoothie with Yogurt is Creamy Caramel Apple. This smoothie is perfect for a crisp fall day since it tastes just like a caramel apple with a creamy twist!
- 1 apple, cubed
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 3-4 Tbsp apple juice or cider
- 6 oz Plain Greek yogurt
- 1 Tbsp caramel sauce
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- Optional: Granola, sprinkled on top”
Stacy Caprio is the Founder of Her.CEO.
“My favorite yogurt smoothie recipe is:
- Handful of blueberries
- 1 banana
- Handful of broccoli
- 2 scoops yogurt
- 2 cups milk”
Breanne owns Essential Moves to Wellness, a health and wellness blog where she teaches her readers about the harsh chemicals lurking in their everyday home and beauty products while replacing them with safer and homemade options.
“I love a simple smoothie, and one recipe in particular I’ve been loving is a fruit, flax seed, and Greek yogurt combination.
“Any mixed fruit with mangoes or pineapples make a sweet-but-not-too-sweet concoction. My favorite is a mix of blueberries, strawberries, and mangoes. I also use ground flax seeds as a replacement for protein powder, simply because my body doesn’t need that much protein based on my lifestyle. Flax is better for me because it has the right kind of healthy fats that keep me fuller for longer. To make my smoothie, I just fill a little over half of my cup with mixed frozen fruit, a couple spoonfuls of Greek yogurt, and a tablespoon of ground flax. I top it all off with unsweetened almond milk, blend, and enjoy!”
Derek Hales is a life hacker and product tester at ModernCastle.com. Derek has been testing products professionally since 2014. When he’s not testing the newest tech and cool stuff for home Derek enjoys tennis, hiking, dancing, and video games. Derek lives with his growing family in Phoenix, Arizona.
“My favorite yogurt smoothie is the Lazy Man’s Fruit Smoothie. This is a basic recipe of my own creation. I came up with this recipe in my early 20s shortly after graduating college. I needed a fast and healthy breakfast that I could make as quickly as possible in the morning.
- 1 bag of mixed frozen fruit (I prefer something with a lot of strawberries)
- 1 fresh banana
- 4-12 ounces of yogurt (depends on the size you want to make, 4 oz for small, 6-8 for medium, and 12 for biggest size cups)
- Optional – 1-2 teaspoons of sugar, though you can easily substitute other sweeteners, or exclude the sweetener altogether for a lower calorie option
- Optional – Ice (crushed or cube, whatever your preference)
- The night before, pour your desired amount of frozen fruit into a dish and place it in the refrigerator (if you’re not sure how much you need, you can fill your cup with the frozen fruit to about 60-70% full). By morning it will have thawed enough to easily blend, while still being cold enough that you really don’t need to add ice.
- Pour fruit, whole banana, yogurt, and optional sugar / ice into blender. Blend on high for about 30 seconds.
- Pour into your favorite to go cup and you’re on your way.
“I love this recipe because it’s incredibly tasty and fast. You can make this smoothie in about 90 seconds and be walking out the door. To date, this is still my go to favorite healthy and fast on-the-go breakfast.”
Kara Keels has a Bachelor of Science degree and is a certified
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. She has a passion for fitness and nutrition, and her goal is to educate people about how to use whole foods into their diet to help them live a full healthy life.
“One of my favorite smoothie recipes with yogurt is a brain-boosting smoothie that will keep you satisfied for hours.
“This brain-boosting smoothie which consists of a variety of whole foods with proper fiber, protein, and essential fats will keep you satisfied for hours.
- Organic Power Greens – 3-4 cups
- Avocado – ½ Medium
- Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts – 1 tablespoon
- Collagen Peptides (Vital Proteins) – 2 scoops
- Ginger Root – about one inch
- Blackberries (frozen) – ½ cup
- Blueberries (frozen) – ½ cup
- Full Fat Greek Yogurt, (or any full-fat yogurt of choice) – ½ -1 cup (use this as needed to get the proper consistency that you like)
“Blend it all in a blender and enjoy!
“Ingredients and their benefits:
“Power Greens: Kale, Spinach, and Collards. Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collards, and broccoli are rich in brain-healthy nutrients like vitamin K, lutein, folate, and beta carotene. Research suggests these plant-based foods may help slow cognitive decline.
“Berries: I’ve chosen blackberries and blueberries Flavonoids, the natural plant pigments that give berries their brilliant hues, also help improve memory, research shows. In a 2012 study published in Annals of Neurology, researchers at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that women who consumed two or more servings of strawberries and blueberries each week delayed memory decline by up to two-and-a-half years.
“Avocado: They contain more potassium than a banana and offer a great tasty option for essential fats. Avocados have also been known to help boost your mood.
“Ginger: Ginger benefits brain aging as well as inflammation, memory attention, and adrenal fatigue. Ginger also serves as a digestive aid…yay for the gut!
“Hemp Hearts offer Omega-3 fatty acids, which may play an important role in helping memory and cognition. They are also packed with minerals and protein.
“Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides: I’m not a big fan of protein powders but this collagen has many benefits. It can help improve skin, bones, reduce inflammation and help promote heart health.
“Yogurt (full fat): Fat is an incredibly satiating nutrient, filling you up, slowing down the release of sugars into your bloodstream and helping to prevent overeating.”
Kelly is the owner of Natural Balance Gymnastics in Colmar, PA. She has more than 35 years of gymnastics experience, and is a former competitive gymnast. Her teaching and coaching experience span more than 30 years from preschool through competitive Level 10 gymnasts.
“Here’s my favorite yogurt smoothie:
- 32 oz. Plain Whole Milk Yogurt
- 16 oz. Strawberries
- 1 Pint Raspberries
- 1 Mango
- 1 Banana
- 1 Fresh Orange
- Honey to taste
- Vanilla Extract to taste
“Place all ingredients in Vitamix. Gradually increase speed to 10, blend until smooth, and Enjoy! Keep refrigerated for up to 12 hours.
“It’s delicious, healthy, and easy to make!”
Ashley is a cookbook author with an eclectic style, from a perfect blend of her worldwide travel and living across the united states, and marrying into a Cuban family. Her recipes have carb and protein counts and are perfect for Keto or Type 1 Diabetics like Ashley and her son.
“My favorite yogurt smoothie recipe is the Mango Pineapple Lassa:
- 2 spears fresh mango
- 2 spears fresh pineapple
- 2 pods of Green Cardamon
- 2/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt (organic preferred)
- handful of ice
“In a blender put in your mango, pineapple and ice. Open cardamon pods and take out the seeds. Smash all the seeds in a mortar and pestle. Add to blender. Blend thoroughly, stopping to push everything down. Add your yogurt and pulse a couple of times. Now it is ready to enjoy. This will be thick, so you might want a straw. If you want it sweet add some honey. I liked it not being sweet.”
Chef Julie Hartigan is a recipe developer and on camera personality who creates no-sweat recipes for people who don’t want to spend hours slaving over the stove, but do want to enjoy fresh, beautiful, seasonal meals made at home.
“Here is a recipe for a healthy, flavorful upgrade to your breakfast smoothie using turmeric!
“A relative of ginger, this vivid yellow-orange spice is common in Indian, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern cooking. It’s also been used medicinally for centuries and offers powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is an antioxidant too! Here it blends
deliciously with protein-packed Greek yogurt, juicy mango, ginger, and honey for a thick and filling grab and go breakfast or post-workout snack.”
Saurabh Jindal runs the startup Talk Travel. Talk Travel is a voice application that connects travellers to local destination experts to answer all their travel queries. Talk Travel makes travel planning, simple, faster and more enjoyable.
“Yogurt is the most versatile constituent of making a smoothie.
“Just throw 1/2 to 1 little container (or half a cup if in bulk) of yogurt, whatever cheap fruit you bought for the week (for e.g., nectarine, pear etc.), half a banana and some fruit juice in a cup and blend away. More the juice, thinner the consistency.”
Tracy Anderson is an editor and blogger for Top Reveal, a site dedicated to helping consumers make smart decisions. She loves testing recipes and gadgets and finding ways to improve our quality of life.
“I can suggest some great smoothie recipes that I love and probably you would too!
“Vanilla Raspberry Smoothie:
“This pink looking low-calorie smoothie is the perfect blend of protein, healthy fat, carbs and fiber. You can have this creamy and sweet smoothie any time you want.
“It can give you instant energy and can boost your metabolism. This super easy recipe doesn’t require a lot of time to make. You just need some ingredients and a blender.
“Ingredients required to make this recipe:
- 1 cup of frozen raspberries
- 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt (if not take plain Greek yogurt)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ almond milk
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
“Put frozen raspberries and Greek yogurt in the blender and process it well. Add almond milk, vanilla extract, and honey in it. Blend it until it becomes smooth. The vanilla raspberry smoothie is ready to serve.
“Strawberry Yogurt Banana Smoothie:
“This healthy and refreshing smoothie is the perfect meal for breakfast and evening snacks. You don’t need lots of effort to make and consume this delicious smoothie.
“This smoothie is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, fiber, manganese, and calcium.
“Ingredients required to make this recipe:
- ½ cup of strawberries
- 2 bananas
- ½ Greek yogurt
- 1 cup low-fat milk
- 1 tsp honey
- ½ chopped strawberries for garnishing
“Put the frozen strawberries, bananas, honey, and Greek yogurt in the blender and blend it together. Add milk in it and blend it. Take out this smoothie in the glasses. Garnish it by putting strawberries on top.”
Danielle Keith is a holistic health coach, and vegan food blogger. She is the Founder of CodeGreen Wellness and helps her clients achieve optimal wellness through a plant-based diet. Her blog and Instagram are filled with simple healthy recipes, wellness tips, and nutrition advice.
“My favorite yogurt smoothie is the Green Immunity Boosting Smoothie:
- 1 banana
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk yogurt
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
Viana Boenzli is a lifestyle blogger. Her website includes DIY & crafts, recipes, yard & garden, and nature. Maplewoodroad.com is the place to reconnect with your inner chef, gardener, designer, craftsman, naturalist, adventurer, or philosopher!
“My favorite smoothie is the Blue Heaven Smoothie. It’s a sweet combination of kiwi, strawberry, Greek yogurt, and orange juice. Having grown up in southern New Jersey, blueberries have always been one of my favorite fruits, and the fact that they’re little antioxidant powerhouses only makes it sweeter! Mixed together with sweet yet just-a-little-tart ingredients, including kiwi and orange juice, this smoothie is a combination made in heaven.”
Bryan Stoddard is currently running a website called Homewares Insider that explores all things related to homes, interior design, furniture, and gardening. He’s also a passionate home designer that loves to tinker with DIY, design and organizing schemes.
“I’ve recently tried an amazing yogurt smoothie that had some fruit added in. The sweetness of fruit brought up the nice texture and taste of the yogurt. it’s healthy to boot.
“Here’s the recipe:
“You’ll need 4 clementines (or some other easy peeler), a cup of yogurt, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of turmeric and a cup of crushed ice.
“Preparing the smoothie is simple. Peel the clementines, and then mix in the cup of yogurt with the pieces of clementine and blend. After you get a smooth mixture, add the cup of crushed ice and turmeric.
“This is enough for one person.”
Diana Gariglio-Clelland is a Registered Dietitian at Balance One Supplements. She has experience counseling people in all walks of life, from newborns to the elderly. She has worked in the hospital, public health, and primary care settings and finds satisfaction through supporting her clients in their pursuit of sustainable, healthful changes to improve their wellness and quality of life.
“I love using Greek yogurt in smoothie recipes because it’s thicker and more filling than regular yogurt. It pairs well with many types of fruits and gives smoothies a more substantial texture.
“Here’s an easy recipe for a sweet, creamy smoothie loaded with healthy fats (from the avocado) and fiber to give it staying power. Due to the combination of colorful foods, the color might not be super visually appealing, so serving it in an opaque glass for potentially picker eaters might not be a bad idea.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 ripe avocado
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
- 1/2-3/4 cup milk of choice; add more as needed if smoothie isn’t blending. Substitute orange juice for sweeter smoothie.
- 1 tbsp. flax or chia seeds
“Blend all ingredients until smooth. To boost fiber content, stir in unsweetened coconut flakes or oats as desired.”
Emerald Thomas is a wife, mother, allergy friendly baker, blogger, cookbook author, and creator of “The Southern Belle Remix LLC”. Her journey began when she discovered food allergies and intolerances as an adult.
“My favorite smoothie recipe is Banana Cacao Smoothie:
- 1 Banana
- 1 Tbsp. Cacao Powder
- 2 Tbsp. Raw Honey (you may use another natural sweetener or less honey)
- ¼ cup of Spinach
- 8 oz unsweetened dairy free milk
- 4 oz vegan yogurt
- 4 oz ice
“Peel banana and combine all ingredients in the blender. Blend and enjoy.”
Abe Navas is the General Manager of Emily’s Maids, a house
cleaning service in Dallas, Texas. Our mission is to make families happier by creating a clean and healthy home environment.
“I love every variation of the banana smoothie. Banana yogurt smoothie:
- 1 ripe banana
- ½ cup of yogurt
- ¾ of milk
- Splash of vanilla
- (optional) 2 Tbsp of oatmeal
“Blend it well on high speed and serve it cold.”
Mónica Ruiz-Noriega is a functional nutrition expert with a PhD in biological sciences. She founded Vigeo Nutrition to help busy individuals deal with health conditions as a result of imbalanced diet and lifestyle. Vigeo Nutrition offers a wide range of services – from individual coaching, food workshops to nutrition seminars.
“This yogurt smoothie recipe serves two:
- 1 cup unsweetened, natural yogurt
- 1 hand-full arugula
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
- Optional – a few slices of frozen banana or a date if needed to increase sweetness
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add some water if needed if the consistency is too thick.
- Serve immediately.”
Michael Crowder is the Owner of Core Fresh, which exists to help people eat healthy but not have to spend time at the store or in the kitchen getting there. Code Fresh offers healthy take out and custom menus delivered.
“I like using Greek yogurt in my smoothies and feel it’s an essential element in the texture.
“However, my wife is constantly reminding me that Core Fresh needs to use a dairy free coconut milk yogurt alternative (which is even difficult for me to say in one sentence) so we compromised and offer 2 with yogurt and 1 with no yogurt.
- 1 Tbsp. peanut butter
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup old fashioned oats
- 2 dates
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup honey vanilla Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup almond milk
- ½ cup ice
“This smoothie comes out of the blender the color of an alcoholic egg nog and, no lie, tastes just like banana pudding with vanilla wafers added. There really is nothing else to say. It’s the kingpin of yogurt smoothies and a favorite at Core Fresh.”
Beverly Friedmann works as a Content Manager for the
consumer website MyFoodSubscriptions, with a background in Marketing & Sales Management- and hold an undergraduate degree in psychology and nutrition science.
“If you’re looking for an all-natural yogurt based smoothie that’s equal parts delicious and colorful, my favorite choice, Greek Yogurt Smoothie With Fresh Berries, combines fresh berries and beets. It combines fresh fruits like banana and raspberries with Greek yogurt and low fat milk and is a healthy choice if you’re looking to save on calories at only 170 per serving.
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
- 1/4 cup 2% milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- 3/4 cup ice
- 1 ripe banana, peeled
- 1/2 medium beet, peeled
“Use a standard blender to, combine banana, beet, blueberries, raspberries, yogurt, milk, honey and lime juice; blend until smooth. Add ice and continue to blend until smooth and serve immediately or store in fridge.”
Shanel Evans is a sports facility owner/mother whose track and field daughters make smoothies with yogurt daily.
“My daughters go-to smoothie recipe is:
- 1 cup of vanilla yogurt (Greek because we need extra protein)
- 1 scoop of protein powder (we like plant based)
- 2 handfuls of mixed berries
- drizzle of honey
“Blend until it looks smooth enough for a straw. If too thick, add water.”
When you want an easy yogurt smoothie fix to start your day off right without spending precious minutes blending your own ingredients, or you’re simply craving a delicious yogurt smoothie while you’re out and about, stop by your local Edible Arrangements® store for a delicious, done-for-you smoothie you can grab and go. Choose your favorite combination of ingredients from our Edible® Treats menu for a custom blend of favors created just for you!