A fast and functional food option
When you’re talking about food history, you can trace yogurt back to 2,000 BCE. Way back when, goat’s milk fermented inside a milk bag that was used for transporting and voila, yogurt was born. People have used yogurt not just as a yummy treat, but to clean their skin, wash their hair and as a cleaning solution as well.
Currently, there’s a lot of hype surrounding this ancient food. Most people are very aware that it contains lactobacillus, which is the good stuff we want in our gut. But what else does it have to offer? How about iodine, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B2, protein, vitamin B12, trypophan, potassium, zinc, and vitamin B5? With all of that going for yogurt, no wonder it’s known to boost your immune system.
Looking to lower your body fat? Guess what? Our ancient friend yogurt can help. The International Journal of Obesity indicated that adding two servings of yogurt per day to your diet will increase your fat loss.
Did you know yogurt is easier to digest than milk? Many people who cannot tolerate milk either due to protein allergies or lactose intolerance can tolerate yogurt. The culturing process yogurt goes through makes this food an easier food to digest and absorb.
Just finished a round of antibiotics? Follow up with some yogurt. The live bacteria in yogurt can assist in replenishing the good bacteria that those antibiotics kill off.
Here’s a kitchen tip — yogurt can be used to replace ice cream, mayonnaise or sour cream in lots of recipes.
Please remember that it’s best to use plain yogurt. All the extra sweetness in the flavored varieties is not the greatest plan. Add your own fresh fruit, protein powder and granola. Look for live cultures when you’re shopping for yogurt. Stoneyfield’s Organic is a great option and I also enjoy Greek yogurt.
I have a quick meal I wish to share a staple for myself. I am extremely active person and love to lift weights so my added protein powders are key for me.
This is one of my favorite meals:
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
One serving or scoop of my favorite all-protein shake (powder). I prefer vanilla.
½ cup frozen blueberries
Another option is to take this mixture and scoop it into ice cube trays, freeze and enjoy on a hot day!