Vanilla Yogurt Smoothie – Delicious with Mixed Berries

Before getting to this vanilla yogurt smoothie recipe, now is as good a time as any to revisit why the USDA recommends that we all eat more fruits and vegetables in our diets. In chapter four of “Dietary Guidelines” three reasons are listed:

  1. Fruits and Vegetables are a good source for many of the nutrients we don’t get enough of like potassium, dietary fiber, and certain vitamins
  2. Consuming more fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of certain diseases including cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer
  3. Both fruits and vegetables are low in calories so eating them instead of high calorie food will help maintain a healthy weight

You can find the dietary guideline here. It is a worth your time to read.

And, to get those additional fruits and vegetables what could be better than a smoothie? This is a mixed fruit smoothie recipe that just overflows with fruit.

Its also easy to turn this yummy vanilla yogurt smoothie treat into a nutrition powerhouse just by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed. Chia is a natural seed that adds a large measure of nutrition including heart healthy, cholesterol fighting omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Even better, unlike Flax, Chia doesn’t have a noticeable taste of its own so adding it here won’t change the delicious results.

In your favorite blender mix:

  • 1 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup sliced peaches, fresh or frozen
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups Vanilla yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. Chia seed
  • 1 cup milk

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Vanilla Yogurt Smoothie