When a Simple Recipe goes wrong

A short time ago, I posted a Simple Recipe of a Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie.

I thought it was great, but just a bit too sweet and too low in protein. In more than one reply to comments I indicated that I would use Greek Yogurt instead.

On my most recent grocery shopping endeavor, I decided to do just that. I picked up a 32 oz container of the less expensive store brand of Greek Style Yogurt, plain and non-fat. It had a whopping 23 grams of protein on the label.

Based on previous label reading, I trusted that the milk listed is . . . well, milk. Then I read this:


Umm, excuse me? Redefine milk to include non-nutritive sweeteners such as Aspertame and Sucralose so that they do not have to be labelled in an effort to fight childhood obesity, because kids would refuse to drink less sugary versions of milk? Wow.

Then my inner skeptic, otherwise known as critical thinking and common sense kicked in.

Is this true? Is there documentation provided? Let’s read the article and find out:


Several links are provided in the article. Let’s see where this one goes, shall we?


Well now!



On top of everything else, now I need to start wondering whether the things I trust to give Luna healthy nutrition and help me achieve health goals are actually healthy at all. Nice.

I guess it proves the adage to ” trust, but verify.”

Go read for yourself, do your research, then let the FDA know that the only definition of milk should be the kind of animal it came from and the word milk and that only a single ingredient is the complete and exact aspect of the definition. Any and all additives and processes utilized to “process and manufacture” FDA Approved milk and milk-based products should be clearly labelled.

Back to the smoothie:

I modified the ingredient list, some intentional – some not. Also, it’s important to note that I actually had allowed my body to go so hungry and thirsty that by the time I actually decided to do the smoothie, I was in severe distress. Thankfully, LaLa and one of the many positive, compassionate, and enlightened people I’ve encountered recently, were here and they took over. I had all the ingredients out on the counter, ready to go when I nearly collapsed. LaLa asked what to do.

1 cup of everything on the counter into the pitcher and blend.

• Fresh blueberries
• Frozen Mixed Fruit, Dole, Strawberries/Pineapple/Mango/Peach
• Greek yogurt, plain
• Bolthouse Farms Vanilla Chai Soy Protein Tea

I had forgotten to purchase bananas and I opted to leave out the Ovaltine. Actually, keeping it real here folks, I forgot about the Ovaltine as well. However, that was actually a good thing.

Ovaltine gave the other smoothie good nutrition and flavor, however the texture of the leftover, refrigerated smoothie was unpleasant for me and LaLa’s feedback was that it was kind of chalky.

So how was the final product? Sorry, no pics. It was significantly less sweet, utilizing plain yogurt. Leaving out the Ovaltine and the banana probably factored into reducing the sweetness. As a matter of fact, the primary flavor was the yogurt. It overpowered the fruit flavors a little bit. Initially, it had a drinkable, pourable texture.

Unfortunately, that was likely due to the type of yogurt I purchased. It quickly reverted to a gel-like state, becoming somewhat solidified. I’m afraid that could mean I missed identifying additives to the yogurt in assuming all brands are equal and opting for the lower cost store brand.

More tweaking to be done. Definitely remember the banana, add some raw honey possibly, decrease yogurt by half a cup and increase liquid base by half a cup, and return to frozen berries.

It’s a learning process.



  1. They haven’t added that stuff to milk yet. I’m not sure why adding artificial sweeteners to milk is an improvement. Not everything should taste like soda. Of course, the FDA has been on big Pharma and big Agra’s payrolls for decades now, so I guess this doesn’t surprise me all that much.


    1. Mary,
      If I read it correctly, it’s geared toward the flavored milk products – chocolate and other flavors milks and flavored yogurts. It’s a petition submitted to FDA for their approval. It is open for comments until sometime in May.

      Presumably, if enough concerned citizens oppose it, the petition will fail. So, I’m hoping that every person who signed up to “follow” this blog will read this post, comment, and share with at least one person who will do the same. And as the old Faberge hair product commercial stated, “And so on. And so on. And so on.”

      Thanks for commenting.

      I hope things are well for you in your corner of the world.

      Be well,


  2. I read about that milk sweetener thing somewhere else. Disturbing. Oh, and my favorite new smoothie is: 1 packet of organic açai berry smoothie mix (you can buy them in a set of 4) + 8 oz. coconut water + 1 banana + some strawberries or blueberries. Delicious, and way too filling!


    1. Cynthia,
      Thanks for stopping by. That smoothie sounds delicious. I’ll have to look for that acai mix.

      If you haven’t already done so, please go to the FDA link and submit your comments. It may not have an impact but every comment not left there definitely won’t make an impact.



  3. I had a similar WTcrap? moment with the milk thing. I thought ‘this is so off the wall it couldn’t be true!’ and sure enough! Ugh. I hate that we can’t trust anyone anymore.


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