How To Make A Blueberry Smoothie Without Yogurt

A HBHW reader emailed me and asked if I had any idea how to make a blueberry smoothie without yogurt. It seems like most recipes available both online and in cookbooks include yogurt. I had a bag of frozen blueberries sitting in the freezer and started experimenting. Here’s my favorite version of this powerful smoothie (it’s packed full of anti-oxidants):

Blueberry Smoothie Without Yogurt

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 a banana, sliced and frozen
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of ice
  • 1 cup of orange juice (approx.)

Put everything into your blender and blend until smooth. You may want to use a little less juice at first and see if the consistency is. If your blender starts to have trouble blending everything, add a little more juice. If you like a thinner more sipable smoothie, add a little more than a cup of juice.

My banana was very ripe and sweet as were my blueberries. Depending on your fruit and of course your taste buds, you may want to add a bit of honey to the smoothie to sweeten it up.

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Comments

  1. ALexa says

    I’m trying this only without the banana and with an apple. Let’s see how it turns out! :)

  2. says

    A new study reported in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine investigated whether antioxidant properties of blueberries were reduced because of their affinity for protein. They assessed the bioavailability of phenolics after consumption of blueberries with and without milk. Phenolics are the active compounds in plants that give blueberries their antioxidant potential.

    Volunteers consumed 200 g of blueberries with 200 ml of either water or whole milk. Blood samples were collected at baseline and at intervals following consumption. The samples revealed that ingestion of blueberries with water increased plasma levels and concentrations of caffeic and ferulic acids. When blueberries and milk were ingested together, there was no increase in plasma antioxidant capacity. There was a reduction in the peak plasma concentrations of caffeic and ferulic acids as well as the overall absorption of caffeic acid.

    Ferulic acid provides rigidity to cell walls and protects the nervous system. It has a normalizing effect on blood pressure. Caffeic acid is also a powerful protector of neurons. Other research has shown caffeic acid has the potential to prevent neurodegenerative disease.

    This study suggests that the best way to gain maximum benefits from blueberries and other fruits eaten for their polyphenol content is to consume them either one hour before protein is consumed, or two hours after.

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/025516_blueberries_antioxidant_milk.html#ixzz1VCeCTkg0
    I’ve tried your recipe because of the aforementioned article and found it was a great substitute for the yogurt based smoothies. Thanks!

  3. William says

    What if you just want blueberries? Are bananas and orange juice really necessary?

  4. Savannah says

    This smoothie was awesome!Just make sure you go easy on the orange juice.:)

  5. Ellakinz863 says

    I’m trying this without orange juice…. I hope it tastes just as food! I’ll post how I like it after I’ve made it! SUPER excited!

  6. Tori says

    I put milk in instead of oj. I also put in three strawberries, and two packs of splenda!I used all fresh fruit, and it was chunky (: You should also try it with a scoop of icecream, and some chocolate or caramel syrup. Yum

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