Tuesday, August 17

Summertime Smoothies: Blackberry-Yogurt Power Smoothie

blackberry-yogurt smoothie

Super foods come and go. Prosaic broccoli and kale were replaced long ago with colorful sweet potatoes and blueberries, which in turn have been eclipsed by trendier foods like goji berry and mangosteen.

I think yogurt should trump them all as the world's best super food. It's been around for over 4,500 years, so clearly it's not a fad. And what other food has been associated with reducing body fat, building stronger bones, calming tummy troubles, reducing inflammation, lowering blood cholesterol, and boosting immunity?

Yogurt also makes the ultimate super thick, frothy smoothie -- the kind you eat with a spoon. With the heat wave that's currently blanketing most of the country a chilly, healthy smoothie is just what's needed to cool you down. I like non-fat vanilla yogurt for smoothies because it adds protein, calcium, and potassium without the fat and calories of many dairy products. It's sweeter than plain yogurt and gets along with virtually all fruits and spices, such as tangy summer blackberries and sweet cinnamon in today's recipe for Blackberry Yogurt Power Smoothie.

Now, if only yogurt could smooth wrinkles, I'd be golden.

Blackberry Yogurt Power Smoothie
Makes 1 serving
Print recipe only here.

With whey or soy protein powder, this is the ideal post-workout muscle-building drink. Of course, it's delicious without it too. For variations, try other berries, ripe mango, or pineapple.

1 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
1 scoop whey or soy protein powder
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 teaspoon honey
a couple of dashes of cinnamon

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and frothy. If you prefer it thinner, then just add a little water or milk.

This is the third smoothie in my Summertime Smoothies series. Don't forget these:
Cinnamon-Spiked Cherry and Banana Smoothie
Blueberry, Oatmeal, and Honey Breakfast Smoothie
Tropical Papaya and Kiwi Smoothie

You might also enjoy these healthy smoothies:
Green Tea Smoothie recipe from Stir Crazy
Blueberry Smoothie recipe from Gluten-Free Gourmet
Raspberry, Lime, and Mint Smoothie recipe from Perfect Pantry

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Jessica @ How Sweet said...

I love me some smoothies! I usually refrain from putting black berries or raspberries in mine because the seeds just stick in my teeth, but this looks delish!

Erin said...

Yum - just discovered yout blog recently.
I had a strawberry banana yogurt smoothie on Sunday morning.
Which type of protein powder do you use and where do you recommend getting it? Whole Foods?

bellini valli said...

I need to take a drive to the coast where blackberries run wild.

MaryMoh said...

Ooooh....love this. I just love smoothies. I have been having it twice everyday....so refreshing and delicious. It's so easy to make with a stick blender.

Kim said...

I LOVE blackberries so this is right up my alley! Thanks for the idea. Maybe it'll inspire me to start going to the gym too!

Joanne said...

I am a HUGE yogurt fan! So glad it's not just a fad! This smoothie looks so refreshing, both tastewise and for my body as a whole!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I always hated yogurt with a passion until I tried Greek yogurt. In fact, conventional yogurts give me bad bellyaches!

I go for the lowfat rather than nonfat because the fat lessens the tartness I so dislike. It's only another 50 calories. This is a great time of year for smoothie fruits like berries, so it's a blast mixing up drinks like this.

Green Orchid said...

Oh man! that looks truly delish. I am a big fan of yogurt too and love those smoothies you can eat up with a spoon!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

jessica-Ha! I'm usually home when I drink them, so my toothbrush is just a room away. :)

erin-Since I'm lactose-intolerant, I use soy protein which I buy either at Costco or at my local market. If you're not li, then whey protein has more muscle building properties. Any health food store will sell it.

val-Take me with you!

marymoh-So glad to hear it! I'm right with ya!

kim-I don't know about the gum inspiration.... :)

joanne-I know. It's good stuff!

sdoc-I love thick and creamy Greek yogurt. And I'm glad you found one that agrees with you.

greenorchid-I know. It's like soft-serve ice cream.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I wonder if I can still find blackberries in my neighbor's patch? I feel more powerful just thinking about this smoothie!

Beatrice said...

I think late August is a great time for blueberry-peach smoothies -- yum.

Deeba PAB said...

Yogurt is certainly a super food and more versatile than one can imagine. Smoothies is a GREAT way to put some of the best ingredients to use, and I am craving a tall glass of this now Susan! Sad that we don't get blackberries etc here!

megan said...

This smoothy looks delicious and i love that you added some cinnamon.

Mary W said...

Susan - If you eat much yogurt you should make your own. Very easy and you can leave out the sugar and chemicals typical of supermarket yogurt.

We Are Not Martha said...

I love this! I'm a big fan of smoothies... Just sometimes too lazy to make them. But I love the ingredients in this one... And the color, of course!


Tasty Eats At Home said...

Yum! I need to try to make non-dairy yogurt again at home. I miss yogurt!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

lydia- Lucky girl!

beatrice-Peach and blueberry anything sounds good to me!

deeba-I'm sure you must drink a lot of lassis when it's hot out. They're so refreshing. I feel bad that you won't get blackberries though.

megan-Cinnamon adds sweetness and spice wo calories.

mary-I hadn't thought about it, honestly. Thanks for the suggestion!

sues-I know. Kids love it!

tasteyeatsathome-Have fun!