As dairy foods go – low-fat, plain yogurt is a superstar standout. I want you to include it in your diet regularly. Here are 3 big reasons why you should:
The Best of the Best
Ounce for ounce low-fat plain yogurt will give you the most nutritional bang for your efforts. It has about half the calories of fruit-flavored yogurts, twice as much protein, more calcium, less fillers, and no added sugar. “Greek-style” yogurt is available at all grocery outlets (FAGE is great) and takes health and taste to a whole new level. This special yogurt has been strained to remove its liquid component giving it a rich and creamy texture that is truly decadent. This straining process also doubles its protein and lowers its sugar (lactose) content.
Here are some easy ways to bring plain yogurt into your dietary repertoire:
-Use it in place of milk in your cereal make a yogurt parfait by alternating it with layers of your favorite fresh fruit
-Use it in your dips to replace mayo or sour cream
-Add it to your salad dressings for extra creaminess
-Use it in your sauces to replace butter or heavy cream
-Enjoy some all on its own as a mid-afternoon snack
-If you prefer your yogurt a bit sweetened like I do, add some cut up fresh fruit or a prudent portion of honey or maple syrup.
*Avoid fruit flavored yogurts – many contain more sugar than a standard desert!
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