Why use yoghurt in your frozen smoothies in the first place?
Well, it’s tasty, contains some probiotics, provides a generous serving of vegetarian-friendly protein and calcium and is readily accessible at your supermarket.
Yoghurt is a very convenient ingredient to add to your smoothies and gives them a bit of extra thick and creaminess.
They also can add some extra unwanted sugars and preservatives to your diet if you aren’t wary of what’s in some of the different types of yogurt and also if you can’t be bothered reading the labels.
If yogurt is so good and makes your smoothies taste so wonderful, why are we talking about leaving out the yoghurt?
The biggest is the dairy aspect.
Chances are, you or someone you know has an issue with dairy.
This is not surprising seeing as some studies suggesting up to 75% of the population will have issues digesting dairy in their lifetime.
Could you have dairy digestion issues?
Some of the main symptoms of dairy allergies to look for include:
- Being a hipster
The main issues here are lactose and/or casein intolerance and a dairy allergy.
On the intolerance side, if there are low enough levels of lactose or casein in a product you shouldn’t have an issue with it.
But note, each person’s tolerance will be different.
If you have a dairy allergy even low levels of lactose and casein won’t help you, you’ll still react unfavourably to dairy.
This is because during yoghurt fermentation, the main food source for the probiotics is the sugar lactose.
The good news about this process is that yoghurt, if fermented correctly and for long enough, should have negligible levels of lactose for you to consume.
Unfortunately, it’s still not handled well if you have a casein intolerance or dairy allergy.
So, how can we get some more creaminess, protein, calcium and thicker frozen smoothies without yoghurt?
Let’s find out and give you some alternatives.
Chia seeds are a fantastic source of plant-based omegas, they add 190 mg of calcium per 30g serve.
Blend them into your smoothie or throw them in whole at the end of the smoothie making process and give them a stir.
This will gelatinise your smoothies, making them so much thicker.
Too much and you’ll need a spoon to eat it though.
We’ve previously gone into depth on plant milks for you here at Super Cubes.
To summarise, they’re great for those who can’t handle dairy and even a great milk alternative for those who can and just want to change things up.
They contain some calcium too and can give a creamy taste to your smoothies.
Soy, in particular has a sizable serving of protein as well.
Collagen and gelatin protein
Another protein source from cows, only this time, it has nothing to do with their milk, but rather their bones and cartilage.
Yes, I’m talking about the mythical bone broth.
Collagen and gelatin are now sold as powders, making for a very convenient way of adding this type of protein to your smoothies.
Not only that, but these options are also going to help thicken up your smoothie.
Interested in more info on collagen protein and other powders you can add to your frozen smoothies?
We’ve got you covered with our article for you to read, “Can I mix protein into my frozen smoothie?”
You love nut butters. We love nut butters.
The kid that’s allergic to peanuts doesn’t unfortunately love nut butters.
So, if you’re among the population who can handle nuts (no dirty jokes please), go right ahead.
You’re not just restricted to peanuts (not technically a nut) these days, there’s also almond, cashew, brazil nut, pecan and many more.
You can check out what your health food store has on offer for you and then trial them in your smoothies.
As bizarre as it may sound, different nuts have very different flavour profiles so they can change the flavour of your frozen smoothies too.
They’ll also add some thickness and creaminess to your smoothie and can give you a bit of extra calcium too.
And yummy, did we mention they’re so yummy in smoothies?
Blending it all together
So, we hope, after reading through the above you have some different options for yoghurt alternatives in your smoothie recipes.
Even if you’re not having issues digesting dairy, you can still enjoy these alternatives daily if you want to.
Here at Super Cubes we like to be very inclusive.
So we suggest adding one of these ingredients above, or a combination of them into your smoothie cubes recipe to get you started on the way to being free from yogurt.
Are you using yoghurt in your frozen smoothies currently?
Which one of these alternatives would you try if you can’t add yoghurt into your frozen smoothies anymore?