Yogurt adds nutritional goodness, a distinctive taste, creamy texture, and wonderful moistness to your cooking. The possibilities range from simple combinations of yogurt and fruit to dishes made with Greek yogurt or homemade yogurt cheese.
Yogurt has many health benefits including probiotics which are living organisms found in yogurt, and helps your digestive tract with the "good" bacteria. According to WebMD, yogurt may help prevent osteoporosis, reduce the risk of high blood pressure, yogurt containing active cultures may help certain gastrointestinal conditions, may discourage vaginal infections, and will help you stay more full for a longer period of time.
Next time you find yourself reaching for the chips and dip, reconsider your decision and go for some fruit to dip in yogurt instead. You can make the perfect snack by pairing high-protein yogurt with a high-fiber food like fruit and/or a high fiber breakfast cereal to add to your yogurt.
If you want to customize your own flavored yogurt, start with your favorite plain yogurt and stir in all sorts of foods and flavors. Here are a few ideas:
- Add chopped strawberries (1/4 cup) and 1/8 tsp of vanilla extract to 6 ounces of plain yogurt to make Strawberries and Cream Yogurt.
- Add canned crushed pineapple (1/8 cup) and a tbsp of flaked or shredded coconut to 6 ounces of plain yogurt to make Pina Colada Yogurt.
- Add 1 tbsp of cool espresso or extra-strong coffee and 1 tbsp 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 tbsp reduced-sugar orange marmalade to 6 ounces of plain yogurt to make Orange Julius Yogurt.
One of my favorite fruits are strawberries. For dessert tonight and snacks for tomorrow, I decided to create FRO-Yo Strawberries! I also decided to make FRO-Yo Dip'n Dots. Can't wait to give these a try...