We all like perfect smoothies which creamy, rich of nutrition, and luscious. There is a great formula actually to create them, and one of the tips is adding yogurt in your smoothie.
Yogurt is fermented milk or milk treated with bacteria to produce lactic acid (hence the mildly sour taste), which results to it being thicker. The ingredient is added to a smoothie to give it a fuller and denser texture at once gives the benefits for your digestion system.
Problem is some like it without the yogurt. They may be lactose intolerant, gluten sensitive, or simply dislike yogurt. If you one of them, keep read up and let’s discuss how to make your favorite smoothie without yogurt.
How do you Substitute Yogurt in Smoothies?
Traditionally, a smoothie is a combination of fruits, veggies, or other ingredients as the main flavor, and thickening agents. The thickening agents, which can be yogurt, heavy cream, ice, or other ingredients, is what separates a smoothie from an ice slushie.
It is also what makes a smoothie, well, smooth and creamy. But if you choose to leave out the yogurt, here are some ways to make one without it:
1. Stick with the classic formula: fruit, ice and milk
Fruits like banana, strawberry, and avocado are naturally thick when you blend them. They are also easy to mix and match due to their natural flavors. Also, no need to add sugar since fruits are organically sweet.
A simple fruit smoothie recipe would require less than 5 minutes. You just need to add some ice cubes, fruits you want, milk, and additional ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.
Now, some of you have opted out yogurt since you are lactose intolerant or want a dairy-free smoothie so replacing it would not make sense to replace it with milk. However, you can still choose coconut water or fresh juice.
For you who don’t want to add extra amount of water from the ice cubes, I recommend you to freeze your fruits first. Make sure you use a blender that can crush ices otherwise your blender can be overheat easily.
2. Replace yogurt with plant based milk
Replacing yogurt with milk as point #1 is a common choice, but for you who are vegan or lactose intolerant, you can substitute with plant-based milk.
The main idea why most people are adding yogurt is because it will give their smoothie a good amount of fats from the milk. In the end, it will make the smoothie thick as fudge.
The good thing is we can still get some amount of fats from plants, especially from peanuts. That is why it is very common to use almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk to replace dairy milk.
These vegan milk are easy to get in the groceries, or if you want you can make at home with a juicer or blender.
3. Add Protein Powder
Protein powder either it is whey powder or vegan powder are food supplements that provide the maximum amount of protein an average person. They are also made into shakes and smoothies to make them more palatable.
Ask any gym-goers and health buffs what protein smoothie they recommend, and they will answer banana apple smoothie (or something close to it).
The idea is simple: you get equal parts of chopped banana and apple, two scoops of your preferred protein powder, water (or milk), and ice. Make sure you dissolve the powder first to avoid lumps.
This is an excellent alternative to yogurt since it provides more protein and keeps the smoothie thick. Unlike yogurt, protein powder has significantly longer shelf life. This is a practical choice for all smoothie lovers.
Replacing yogurt or outright removing it in your smoothie recipe is worth trying. It may lead to an appreciation for a new type of smoothie. After all, smoothies keep evolving through new combinations.
4. Be Creative With Other Ingredients
Do not feel you are stuck with either yogurt or milk. You can still add other ingredients to make your smoothie richer. For example, use peanut butter, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and flax seeds.
An ounce of chia seeds provides 11 grams of fiber and 4 grams of protein. Meanwhile, most nutrition facts say an ounce of regular and Greek yogurt provides around 1.2 and 1.9 grams of protein, respectively. So you got the better substitution.
If you are now skipping the fat from yogurt, might as well maximize the health benefits by using tofu, specifically silken tofu.
Silken tofu is basically pureed tofu. Blending a block may result in bits of it floating in your drink. Also, silken tofu, when mixed with ice and fruits, makes a smoothie silkier. It gives a clean and neutral taste, so it is a good pair for something sour and succulent like a berry.
Meanwhile, if you don’t want to lose the probiotic things from the yogurt, simply use coconut kefir as a replacement.
There are a lot of ingredients that you can use to replace yogurt, you don’t need to worry, because smoothies are one of the drinks that are hard to mess up. Even if you have the wrong amount for the ingredients, chances are it will still taste good.