Work That Yogurt! Tips and Tricks for a Healthy Diet
Yogurt is a cheap and easy way to add protein to your diet while cutting down on calories. Yogurt also has some serious health benefits – enhancing your immune system and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. We know that a lot of people are trying to eat healthier in the new year, and we suggested adding some yogurt to your diet, so here are some tips to work your yogurt on a daily basis!
Maximize Your Health Benefits
Yogurt comes in all shapes and sizes, and the range of choices in the grocery store can be confusing. To makes things simpler, look for yogurt with “active and live” probiotic cultures. It sounds gross, but this is good bacteria that seriously helps your body. Probiotics help your digestion and enhance your immune system! Plain and unsweetened yogurt is naturally healthier, and if you’re getting low-fat yogurt, just be sure they haven’t stuffed it full of additives, and you’re good to go!
Feel Full and Reduce Cravings
Yogurt is an obvious breakfast choice as it’s super easy. Best of all, yogurt has been shown to reduce feelings of hunger and helps you feel more satisfied than other snacks with the same calories. So start the day out right with some yogurt (or have a yogurt cup during the day to cut down on cravings). For a balanced breakfast add fruit, nuts, granola, flax, or chia seeds. You can also switch to plain or unsweetened yogurt and substitute honey for a healthier option.
Using Yogurt in Your Meals
Yogurt isn’t just for snacks or breakfast. You can use yogurt in a lot of meals to reduce fat and calories. Yogurt can be a substitute for fattier dairy products or as an addition to a meal. For example, substitute yogurt for mayo in your tuna or egg salad sandwiches. Yogurt can also be used instead of sour cream in soups, and can replace some milk or heavy cream in cheese sauces for pasta. Chop up some cucumbers and dill and add lemon juice, garlic, and plain yogurt for an easy tzatziki sauce – a delicious appetizer or savory snack. Best of all, cut down on the excess calories in salad dressings and add protein by using a yogurt base. There are a ton of easy recipes that can keep your meals trim and tasty.
Feeling tempted to raid the freezer for ice cream? Replace your supply with low-fat frozen yogurt for a healthier alternative. You can even make your own frozen yogurt at home. Take some Greek yogurt and stir in honey, maple syrup, or fruit. Let it stand in the freezer overnight and, voila! A guilt-free way to satisfy your late-night cravings.
Yogurt isn’t just a plain snack or healthy breakfast. Yogurt provides calcium, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins B2 and B12. If yogurt’s proven health benefits aren’t enough, just remember you can use it in a ton of meals to cut calories without sacrificing flavor and richness.