French Women's Diet Secret: Yogurt
Easy, portable, and tasty, yogurt may also aid in weight loss
Ways to Add More Yogurt to Your Diet
One of the easiest and healthiest ways to enjoy yogurt, as a nourishing
snack or mini-meal, is to toss chopped fresh fruit into plain yogurt or add a
little honey and wheat germ.
You can eat yogurt for breakfast, straight out of the carton, topped with
fruit and/or cereal, or as a topping for pancakes or waffles. Blended with
fresh fruit and ice, it becomes a smoothie -- a quick and portable breakfast or
Or, satisfy your sweet tooth with frozen yogurt (or a frozen container of
regular yogurt). You'll get half the calories of premium ice cream and none of
Yogurt is also a versatile ingredient for recipes ranging from appetizers to
desserts. When recipes call for cream, sour cream, or mayonnaise, low-fat plain
yogurt can easily stand in for part or all of the higher-fat ingredients.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, the "Recipe Doctor" for the WebMD Weight Loss
Clinic, advises using yogurt in cool dishes such as cold soups, salad dressings
and dips, or as a creamy dessert topping.
Since yogurt separates when heated, it's a little trickier using it in hot
dishes. But it can be done: Try mixing a little cornstarch into the yogurt,
then stirring into your hot dish at the end of the cooking period.
Magee often uses yogurt to lower the fat content of her baked goods.
"Yogurt is a great substitute for oil or butter in cakes and muffins
because it adds moisture, volume and flavor without added fat or calories,"
Yogurt's acid content means it also works well in a marinade, to help
Yogurt is perishable, so be sure to check the date on the container. An
unopened container should keep about 10 days past the marked freshness
Making Your Own Yogurt
Want a ready supply of healthy, inexpensive plain yogurt? Try making your
The process is simple: Add live cultures to heated milk, and hold it at 110
degrees Fahrenheit until it's firm. You can then add flavorings, or, if you
want to thicken it and boost the nutrition, you can add nonfat milk solids.
You can buy yogurt makers, which cost from $15-$60, or make it the old
fashioned way with the recipe below: