page updated on June 17, 2017
Do All Smoothies Have Yogurt?
No! You don't have to use yogurt to make a smoothie. While it has a great texture and adds protein and smoothness and flavor, a smoothie with ice or frozen fruit can be just as tasty and refreshing. Any other dairy product, including kefir or cream cheese or cottage cheese will work in lieu of yogurt. Alternately, a ripe (not over-ripe) banana and a touch of sugar can add a nice taste and texture that compliments your other ingredients.
We prefer vanilla Greek yogurt in our smoothies, so any substitution goes well with just a drop of vanilla extract (if we're feeling fancy). Even a spoonful of vanilla instant pudding mix could add some solidity and flavor to your drink!