How To Make A Mango Smoothie Without Yogurt In 3 Easy Steps
Does eating yogurt cause you digestion problems? Do you just really dislike the taste of yogurt or prefer not to eat dairy products? If you’re unable or unwilling to eat yogurt, it can be annoying when the majority of smoothie recipes call for yogurt as one of the main ingredients. While some yogurts can be a part of a healthy diet, they can also be substituted if you can’t eat or simply don’t like yogurt. Read on for some delicious tips on how to make a mango smoothie without yogurt.
Why is Yogurt so Common in Smoothies?
Yogurt adds thickness and creamy consistency to smoothies. Yogurt also has probiotics, protein, vitamins and minerals that can beneficial to your health. However, yogurt is made from dairy, which is excluded in some diets. Not to mention whole-milk yogurt can be fattening and low-fat yogurt contains lots of sugar.
Don’t worry! You have other options that are still healthy and tasty for smoothies and other recipes. As long as you’re willing to do a little fun experimenting, you can make thick and creamy yogurt-free smoothies without packing on calories or sacrificing smoothness.
What You Will Need for Your Yogurt-Free Mango Smoothie
- A high-powered blender or juicer. Ninja blenders, such as the Nutri Ninja Pro are tried and true high quality blenders to consider.
- A liquid base. This can be water, freshly squeezed fruit juice (without artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup), soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk. Pro tip: Check out this video to learn about the pros and cons of milk substitutes.I recommend half a cup of coconut milk and half a cup of orange juice for this recipe. The coconut milk adds sweetness and healthy fats, while the orange juice adds tartness and Vitamin C. If you want something lower in calories, choose soy or almond milk (unsweetened) and/or water.
- Protein or milk powder (optional). If you’re doing bodybuilding or weight training, feel free to add in your favorite protein powder. Milk powder can also give your smoothie a depth of richness in place of yogurt, but it’s not a necessity if you’re trying to avoid dairy-based products.
- Fresh fruit. For this recipe, you’ll need at least one fresh, juicy mango. You can also choose to add fresh pineapple chunks for a tropical twist. I recommend starting off with half a fresh banana for sweetness and a cup of fresh pineapple chunks for tanginess. If you want extra mango flavor, add more mango instead!
- A thickener. Frozen bananas, peanut butter, silken tofu and avocado are all effective non-dairy thickeners that you can add to your smoothie if you want it to be less watery and creamier. Ice cubes also give smoothies more icy texture and slushiness. I personally love frozen bananas because they make smoothies more ice cream-like, but silken tofu is also a good choice for adding thickness.
- An extra sweetener or flavoring (optional). Mangoes are tasty on their own, but adding a teaspoon or so of honey or vanilla syrup can sweeten up your smoothie. I enjoy using natural, organic honey because it’s easier to digest and lower in calories than normal sugar.
Steps for How to Make a Mango Smoothie Without Yogurt
Step One: Gather and Prepare Your Ingredients
The amount of each ingredient you use will vary according to your taste, thickness preference and blender size. Experiment with different portions but make sure you avoid overfilling your blender!
- Mango: Start by breaking down and dicing your mango. Pro tip: watch this video to learn how to choose and cut mangoes.
- Banana: Choose a large, ripened banana. Cut it into pieces and divide in half into zip lock bags. Freeze and take out when you’re ready to make your smoothie. Have an additional fresh banana ready as well (you can freeze half for a future smoothie).
- Liquids. Choose about half a cup to a cup of your favorite liquid(s). You can add more as you begin to blend, depending on how thick you want the smoothie to be.
- Sweetener. Measure out about a teaspoon of honey– for a nifty pro trick on how to measure sticky foods.
- Ice cubes. If you want your smoothie more icy and slushy, get out about a cup of frozen ice cubes for blending.
Step Two: Proper Layering
The way you layer your ingredients into your blender is super important! You don’t want things getting stuck in the blades.
- Add your liquid base first. For this smoothie, start by pouring half a cup of water, juice or milk into the blender.
- Add in your sweetener and powders. A teaspoon of honey and half of a ripe banana should do the trick.
- Add your smaller, softer ingredients. Pour in the diced mango. For extra thickness, add in about 7 ounces of drained silken tofu.
- Top it off with the larger or frozen ingredients. Dump in a half a cup to a cup of pineapple chunks, half a frozen banana and half a cup of ice cubes.
Step Three: Blending and Serving
Blend it all together! Your blending method will vary depending on what tools you’re using. To learn more about blending with a Nutri Ninja Pro. If you feel like it’s too watery, try adding more ice cubes, bananas or tofu. If it’s too thick, add some water or orange juice. Not sweet enough? Add in a bit more honey or some extra fresh fruit. Adjust to your taste! Serve your smoothie immediately – it’s best when it’s freshly blended and still thick.
Healthy Ingredients, Nutritious Smoothies
If you’re craving a refreshing, yogurt-free mango smoothie, this recipe is perfect for you. I personally love drinking smoothies that are made with fresh, wholesome ingredients – that’s why I always choose fresh fruits, organic honey and naturally sweetened juice or milk substitutes. Not only will they make your smoothie taste great, but they’ll also add provide you with essential vitamins, minerals, fibers and proteins. For a hardcore, highly-rated yet compact blender, I recommend looking at the Nutri Ninja Pro. Smoothies are incredibly diverse and adaptable for any taste, so get creative and start blending!
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