Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Yogurt. Plain and Simple

Did you know that plain low-fat yogurt is a great healthy substitute for many not-so-healthy recipe add-ins (ie; sour cream)? I discovered this while making a box of Annie's Organic Mac and Cheese. They suggest substituting yogurt for butter/milk, so I decided to try it, and it was great! Since then I've used it  in many pasta dishes, casseroles, and dressings. It's lower in calories and fat and gives you an extra protein boost.

What's so great about yogurt anyway? 
The following are the top benefits of yogurt according to WebMD: 
1. May help prevent Osteoporosis
2. May reduce risk of high blood pressure
3. Yogurt with active cultures helps the gut (AKA live bacteria)

4. May discourage vaginal infections

5. May help you feel fuller

To sweeten plain yogurt for eating "plain":
* 2 T jam of choice (I use Trader Joes Organic reduced sugar strawberry preserves),1T Flaxmeal
* 1 T honey and 1 T flaxmeal, top w/frozen berries of choice

Yogurt Coupons and Recipes:

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  1. good to know I wonder what it would taste like on tacos? Maybe I'll try it next time! :)

  2. Strain yoghurt in cheesecloth overnight and the thickened version is even better in recipes -or get quark. It's a German yoghurt-style cheese and I can buy it in the market here. With fresh herbs, a little lemon juice it's a great sandwich spread and also replaces cream cheese in cheesecake.

  3. Kristina- I've used it on Taco soup and it was pretty decent

  4. Love yogurt and sometimes I make my own in my crockpot. Super easy and cheap. Google Nourishing Days Crock Pot yogurt and you will find the recipe. It comes out a little thin, but I always strain mine to make Greek style anyway. :)