The Benefits of Yogurt
What's tasty, easy, and has lots of health benefits? Yogurt!
6. Make Yogurt Part of the Perfect Snack
Make the perfect snack by pairing high-protein yogurt with a high-fiber food
like fruit (fresh or frozen) and/or a high-fiber breakfast cereal. You
can find many lower-sugar breakfast cereals with 4 or more grams of fiber per
7. Whip Up a Creamier Smoothie With Yogurt
Make your smoothie creamy and thick by adding yogurt instead of ice cream or
frozen yogurt. Cup for cup, light and low-fat yogurt is higher in protein and
calcium than light ice cream. It's also usually lower in fat, saturated fat,
8. Customize Your Yogurt
If you want to create your own flavored yogurt, start with your favorite
plain yogurt and stir in all sorts of foods and flavors. Here are a few
- Add chopped strawberries (1/4 cup) and 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract to 6
ounces of plain yogurt to make Strawberries and Cream Yogurt.
- Add canned crushed pineapple (1/8 cup) and a tablespoon of flaked or
shredded coconut to 6 ounces of plain yogurt to make Pina Colada Yogurt.
- Add 1 tablespoon of cool espresso or extra-strong coffee and 1 tablespoon
of chocolate syrup to 6 ounces of plain yogurt to make Mochaccino Yogurt.
- Add 1/4 cup chopped orange segments or mandarin oranges and 1 tablespoon
reduced-sugar orange marmalade to 6 ounces of plain yogurt to make Orange Burst
9. Eat Yogurt at Work
Buy some yogurt and keep it in the office refrigerator (don’t forget to put
your name on it). On those days when you need a morning or afternoon snack,
that yogurt will be ready for you.
10. Use Yogurt in Recipes
Yogurt works as a substitute ingredient in all sorts of recipes. Plain
yogurt can take the place of sour cream in a pinch (over baked potatoes or
garnishing enchiladas). You can also substitute a complementary flavor of
yogurt for some of the oil or butter called for in a muffin, brownie, or cake
recipe. It can replace all of the fat called for in cake mixes, too.
Published March 7, 2007.