The Many Forms of Yogurt

yogurt2Yogurt is one of the world’s oldest foods, likely created by accident when lukewarm milk hooked up with bacteria and fermentation occurred. The process of yogurt making hasn’t changed much over the centuries, but increasingly, we’re appreciating yogurt not only for great taste and adaptability in the kitchen but also for its abundant health perks.

Yogurt is brimming with live active cultures, beneficial bacteria that boost immune and digestive health. Along with plenty of bone-building calcium, vitamin B12, potassium, zinc, and protein to help build and repair muscles, yogurt can be considered a superfood.

There are many types of yogurt on the market, but you want to steer clear of added sugars, colors and additives. Stick to plain and add your own personal touches. Here are some of the many forms of yogurt that are available. There is something for everyone. Continue reading “The Many Forms of Yogurt”

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Dinner Tonight: Healthy Pasta Salad

pasta-saladI love a good pasta salad. The typical version, loaded with mayonnaise, oils, and white pasta, isn’t usually the healthiest of meals. However, this healthy pasta salad uses yogurt, whole grain pasta, and tons of vegetables.

Recent studies have shown the benefits of fermented foods, like yogurt, on mood. But yogurt also has a positive impact on digestive health and the maintenance of a strong immune system. Plus fermentation may help to increase the nutritive value of foods by enhancing the body’s absorption of proteins, minerals, and vitamins, such as calcium and B vitamins.

The next time you are asked to bring something to a potluck, try this recipe! Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Healthy Pasta Salad”

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Flavored Yogurt: Sweet as Candy

yogurtFirst let’s get some perspective.

A Snickers bar has 30 grams of sugar. Two Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (1 package) have 21g of sugar. Two Frosted Strawberry Pop-Tarts – 32g. One cup of Froot Loops with ½ cup of skim milk – 18g.

Stonyfield Low-Fat Smooth and Creamy Banilla (that’s banana vanilla) yogurt has 35g of sugar per serving. Chobani 0% Black Cherry has 21g of sugar. Yoplait Original (you know, with the foil top) Pina Colada – 27g… and the list goes on. And then you add granola!

The point I’m trying to make, as you can see, is that many varieties of yogurt marketed as healthy breakfast or snack foods have as much sugar per serving as some of our most popular candies and notoriously unhealthy breakfast competitors.  Continue reading “Flavored Yogurt: Sweet as Candy”

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