Tuesday, August 17, 2010

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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